Timeline – 1967 Part 3

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, July 16, 1967.

“Where do you get your ideas?” is the question that readers most often ask cartoonists. There is no simple answer.

Mort Walker, in the 1986 book, The Best of Hi and Lois, provided some insights into his process. “The main ingredient in humor is the revelation of human nature – it’s frailties, its reasoning power – and the interrelationships between characters,” Mort explained. “Mostly what we do in Hi and Lois is focus on the conflicts between different family members due to their age differences. You get a lot of gags out of the way people reason and do things. It’s human nature you’re after.”

Timeline – 1967 Part 2

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, March 12, 1967.

In this classic episode, Trixie reviews the events of her day while she is trying to fall asleep. Among the many pleasurable experiences she had were finding jelly beans behind the couch, playing peek-a-boo with the postman, looking in the window of a toy store and curling up with Dawg. In six consecutive thought balloons these activities are recreated in cute drawings showing Trixie in various situations. Her positive mood is disrupted in the final panel when she remembers the unpleasant shot she got at the doctor’s. This type of gag has a rhythm that builds toward the surprise ending.

Dik Browne 100th

Chance Browne wrote this tribute to his father on August 11, 2017.

On this day 100 years ago the world was blessed with the arrival of my dad, Dik Browne. He was a man whose talent can only be described as supernatural: everything he created bore the stamp of his singular genius. His kindness and generosity of
 spirit inspired everyone who was lucky enough to
 meet him. His alter ego may have been a barbarian,
but he was quite possibly the most civilized man
 that ever lived. He certainly was a shining example
 of just how wonderful people can be…
Ever the best of friends, Dad!