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50th Anniversary

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hi Lois, Chance drew a birthday party scene featuring all of the Hi and Lois main characters.  This illustration originally appeared on the cover of the National Cartoonists Society newsletter, The Cartoonist, in 2004.  He did the illustration in pencil to capture the feeling of the gag roughs that he remembered seeing on Dik’s drawing board when he was young.  He decided to keep the linework in pencil on the final version, instead of inking it with a pen, to give it a softer look.  All the color was done with watercolors.
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Awards

Mort Walker was honored by the National Cartoonists Society as the “Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year” for his work on Beetle Bailey in 1953.  The Billy DeBeck Memorial Award was presented to Mort at the Society’s annual April Dinner by DeBeck’s widow, Mary, in 1954. Below is the announcement of the award from King Features.
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Here Comes the Sun

In the late 1980s, King Features made a deal with Avon Books to do a series of reprint collections featuring a number of their popular strips.  The first volume in the series was “Trust Me! – Ernie’s First Year” by Bud Grace.

The second release was “Here Comes the Sun – A Hi and Lois Collection” by Mort Walker and Dik Browne. When this book was published in May 1990, Dik had passed away. His son, Robert, also known as Chance, who had started assisting on the strip in 1980, had taken over the drawing full time by then.
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