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Uncle Beetle

Hi and Lois Sunday page, black-and-white proof, October 30, 1983.

Hi and Lois Sunday page, black-and-white proof, October 30, 1983.

Most readers of the strip are probably unaware that Lois is Beetle Bailey’s sister. The relationship was established in April 1954 when Beetle was contemplating leaving the Army and visited the Flagstons. We plan on running this entire sequence from Beetle Bailey in an upcoming post at both of our web sites. References to this family connection occasionally pop up, as in the Sunday page above.
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Fall Foliage 4

Hi and Lois Sunday page, color proof, November 10, 1974.

Hi and Lois Sunday page, color proof, November 10, 1974.

As we have documented in previous posts, autumn was Dik Browne’s favorite season. Occasionally, he would translate an ordinary gag into a fall scene, as he did with the Sunday page shown above. In the first two “drop panels” after the logo, which were added later, Hi is talking about why the leaves change color.  But in the next six panels, the original gag written by Mort Walker has nothing to do with the season. All the special touches, including the lead-in panels, the colorful foliage, the produce stand and the pumpkins, were added to give the page an autumnal mood. Dik probably drew this in early September since Sunday pages have to be completed six to eight weeks before publication.
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Getting Old in Bunches

Hi and Lois Sunday page, November 17, 1996.

Hi and Lois Sunday page, November 17, 1996.

My father introduced me to the concept of “getting old in bunches” when I was in my forties. His theory is exactly how I explained it in this 1996 Sunday page.

People can convince themselves that they remain relatively unchanged for years and years until something happens to alter their self-perception. Throughout my twenties, I felt I was still the same person I was when I graduated from college. After I got married at the age of twenty-nine things started to change but it wasn’t until my first child was born five years later that my life was transformed. I was now responsible for another person and was forced to finally accept my adulthood.
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