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.
The Tracy Twins by Dik Browne, January 1961.
As we have documented in previous posts, The Tracy Twins, which was illustrated by Dik Browne, made its debut in the October 1953 issue of Boys’ Life magazine, one year before Hi and Lois started in newspapers on October 18, 1954. It was written and designed by Al Stenzel, an art director at the Johnstone and Cushing agency. Dik drew the feature for almost twenty years before he turned it over to other artists in the early 1970s.