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Better Words

In 1964, Mort Walker got an idea for a Hi and Lois strip when his son, Greg, called the Empire State Building the “entire state building.”  This comment led to a series Mort dubbed “Better Words” which referred to 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 overwhelming.
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Award Season

Dik Browne was presented with the Reuben Award as “Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year” at the National Cartoonists Society’s annual April dinner in 1963 for his work on Hi and Lois in 1962.  Although Mort and Dik were co-creators of the strip, the awards, at that time, were presented only to the artist.
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Behind the Scenes

In 1957, Mort Walker and Dik Browne produced a special promotional Sunday page for King Features that told the story about how Hi and Lois had been created.  This artwork was provided to papers that subscribed to the feature and included a brief biography of Dik and a basic lesson on how he drew expressions on Ditto’s face.  Here’s a look back at this unique “behind the scenes” page.
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