Timeline – 1968 Part 4

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, June 16, 1968.

This classic episode features a rare achievement in gag writing – a wordless punch line. The picture in the final panel is not only surprising, it also perfectly depicts Ditto Flagston’s exuberant innocence.

Ditto’s personality continued to develop in the 1960s. In addition to his essential mischievousness, he added many other personality traits. Below are some examples from this period.

Timeline – 1968 Part 3

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, June 9, 1968.

In his 1975 autobiography, Backstage at the Strips, Mort Walker wrote about his own home in Greenwich, Connecticut. “We’ve lived in our big old house for 20 years and it’s filled with the memorabilia of our tenancy – doors broken from temper tantrums, railings gouged by bikes ridden indoors on rainy days, round marks on ceilings from ‘room tennis,’ and places where little ones ‘helped Daddy paint.’ It has taken on our character and will never stop echoing from our years of bustle.”

Timeline – 1968 Part 2

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, February 11, 1968.

Ditto Flagston is seven years old and comes up with more ways to get in trouble than Lois can shake her finger at. Nevertheless, he’s a lovable little monster. His naïve innocence gives him a winning charm. He is a kid without any adult pretensions who recaptures a sense of fun most of us lost with our youth.