Timeline – 1972 Part 3

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, August 27, 1972.

Drawing animals is a challenging task for any artist. Rendering realistic creatures in a humorous comic strip is even more daunting.

As an advertising artist in the 1940s and 50s, Dik Browne was called on to graphically represent anything the clients requested. He drew historical figures, panoramic scenery, all kinds of vehicles including automobiles, trains and planes, characters of every age and type and a menagerie of animals.
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Timeline – 1962 Part 3

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, August 12, 1962.

Dik Browne was a veteran advertising artist when he started working on Hi and Lois in 1954, so he probably had prior experience drawing animals. It still must have been challenging for him to render an elephant, a lion, a giraffe, monkeys and seals so that they blended in with the established style of the strip. These look more like humorous caricatures than realistic wildlife illustrations.
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