The Tracy Twins

Dik Browne started working for the Johnstone and Cushing advertising agency in the late 1940s where he did a series for Vaseline starring the Trouble Twins.

Dik Browne did this ad when he worked at Johnstone and Cushing.

In the early 1950s, Boys’ Life hired the agency to produce a color comic section for the magazine.  Among the features were Pee Wee Harris, Stories from the Bible, Space Conquerors, Heroes of Legend and Rocky Stoneaxe.

A Cartoon Masterpiece

In 1995, King Features Syndicate commissioned scenic artist Terry Peterson, a veteran of the Walt Disney Studio, to create a series of “cartoon masterpieces” based on famous works of fine art. These large acrylic paintings, featuring many of the most popular King characters, including Popeye and Olive, Blondie and Dagwood, Beetle and Sarge, Andy Capp, Hagar, Dennis the Menace and the Family Circus, were reproduced in the 1995 King sales brochure celebrating the centennial anniversary of newspaper comics.

Rare Trixie Doll

Over the years, Hi and Loishas had a relatively modest merchandising program.  There have been some unique licensed products however, including book collections of the syndicated comic strips, limited-edition prints, coloring books, board games and dolls.

This vinyl doll was made in the early 1960s.

The rarest Hi and Loisitem is a Trixie doll made in the early 1960s.  I have only seen three of these show up on the collectibles market.  I own two and Chance has one.  She is 7.5” tall and 5.5” wide. The other one I have has a completely blue outfit. We believe these are prototypes and the doll was never manufactured, but we don’t know for sure.  Chance has memories of his father working on a clay sculpture of this figure when he was young.  She is a very accurate, three-dimensional replication of Trixie as she appeared in the strip at that time.