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Timeline – 1974 Part 2

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, June 2, 1974.

I have told the story about how Mort Walker came up with the idea for “the thinking baby” in previous posts.

Click these links to review this history.

http://hiandlois.com/2013/01/29/trixie/

http://hiandlois.com/2014/05/16/the-thinking-baby/

A few years after Trixie started sharing her thoughts with readers, her fantasies became even more surreal. Here is a panel from a 1960 Sunday page when her dreams looked like something from a Dr. Seuss book.
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Timeline – 1974 Part 1

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, January 27, 1974.

Dawg is the Flagston’s sole pet and is very protective of his domain. In this episode, another neighborhood dog follows Dot home and when she tries to feed it, the inevitable battle ensues.

The two scenes that lead up to the final panel are carefully composed. Speed lines, called “hites” suggest the action of the chasing dogs. Hi is tossed in the air, his feet above his head. Dust clouds, also known as “briffits,” add to the swirling scene of the escalating dogfight. Sound effects are done with large block lettering and a lamp and a book are thrown in for extra emphasis. In the end, Hi is disheveled but Dawg is sleeping peacefully, presumably having chased his rival out of the house.
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Timeline – 1973 Part 4

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, May 6, 1973.

In the Sunday page above, Chip jumps up and down on his army jacket to get it more rumpled. Hi looks disapprovingly at his disheveled look and asks Lois why she didn’t say something about it. Lois explains, after seeing what Chip’s friends were wearing, she had decided that his sloppy clothing really wasn’t so bad. This attire was typical for teenagers back in the mid-1970s.
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