Holiday Classics 1

This can be a difficult time of the year for many people. The pressures of shopping, decorating, cooking and traveling often take the joy out of the season. A comic strip helps to relieve this stress by finding the humor in everyday life. More so than any other holiday, Christmas presents a wide variety of situations and possibilities for interactions between the characters.

Christmas with The Tracy Twins

The Tracy Twins, which was illustrated by Dik Browne, made its debut in the October 1953 issue of Boys’ Life magazine, one year before the first episode of Hi and Lois appeared in newspapers on October 18, 1954.

Here is a classic holiday-themed page from 1961.

The Tracy Twins, Boys' Life magazine, December 1961.

The Tracy Twins, Boys’ Life magazine, December 1961.


Happy Halloween

It’s the time of year for carving pumpkins and making mischief, which provides us with an opportunity to reprint another classic Tracy Twins page.  This memorable feature was written by Al Stenzel and illustrated by Dik Browne and made its debut in Boys’ Life magazine in October 1953.

In the January 1954 episode of The Tracy Twins, Dicky and Nicky’s grandfather, an old gent with a bowtie and suspenders who loved telling tall tales about past exploits and long-lost relatives, made his first appearance.  Grandpa became an integral member of the cast along with a set of typical 1950s Baby Boom parents.  Most of the plots revolved around clever schemes, often inspired by Grandpa’s stories, which inevitably backfired.