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Better Words Revisited

Here is a classic example of the “Better Words” series that ran from 1963 to 1966.

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, April 19, 1964.

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, April 19, 1964.

In a blog post dated March 14, 2013, we chronicled how Mort Walker came up with this idea when his son, Greg, called the Empire State Building the “entire state building.”  This comment led to the series, which showed examples of phrases kids invent that are more descriptive than the original terms.  Readers were invited to send in their own “Better Words” and the response was initially overwhelming. The novelty eventually wore off and the series was discontinued.
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A Sunday Drive

The first Hi and Lois Sunday page ran on October 14, 1956. Here is a classic example from the following year.

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, September 1, 1957.

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, September 1, 1957.

This page showcases the style Dik Browne used in the early days of the strip, which was more typical of his advertising work. His love of detail is evident in the final panel. As the strip evolved throughout the 1950s and 60s, his technique became cleaner, with elegant line work and less cluttered layouts.
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Happy Fourth!

Here is a Sunday page from 2001 that shows the fireworks celebration in the Flagston’s hometown with Chip’s band playing.

Hi and Lois Sunday page, July 1, 2001.

Hi and Lois Sunday page, July 1, 2001.

As we have mentioned here before, since Chance Browne and I both live in Wilton, Connecticut, we occasionally use it as the setting for some of the scenes in Hi and Lois. To draw the overhead view in the drop panel, Chance climbed to the roof of a building across the street from the Wilton athletic fields where the annual Fourth of July festivities are held.
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