Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, May 8, 1960.
The Sunday page above is another classic nostalgia trip from the team of Mort Walker and Dik Browne. Mr. Foofram, who is Hi Flagston’s boss, is looking back at the good old days when life was simpler.
He runs Foofram Industries, which manufactures fooframs of all kinds (whatever those are). He inherited the business from his father and if it weren’t for his position, no one would take him seriously. He sits at an ornate throne in his office and vainly tries to get his employees to do his bidding. He is the quintessential small man in a big job – a lot of power but not very much wattage.
Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, April 10, 1960.
When Mort Walker first started sharing Trixie’s thoughts with readers, they were fairly simple (for a previous post about this history click here).
Within a few years, Trixie was having wild fantasies like the ones in the Sunday page above. These gags encouraged Dik Browne to come up with some wonderfully surreal images. Trixie’s “bimfoozik!” idea in panel #8 looks like a scene Salvador Dali might have painted.
Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, February 21, 1960.
The Sunday page above provides a glimpse into the imagination of Ditto Flagston. In the late 1950s, Mort Walker came up with the idea of sharing Trixie’s observations with readers inside her thought balloons. This approach was also adaptable to other characters.