Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, March 17. 1963.
In a recent post, http://hiandlois.com/2017/03/18/timeline-1962-part-1/#more-70650, we showed how Dik Browne used a primitive drawing style to represent Dot’s point of view in a Hi and Lois Sunday page from 1962.
In this episode, Chip has an opportunity to express himself in cartoon form. His comic strip is not as innocent as Dot’s. He was going for maximum entertainment value. As a result of Chip’s imaginative depiction of his home life, Hi and Lois feel the need to schedule a meeting with his teacher to explain it was all just a joke. There have undoubtedly been many parents who have had to deal with their kids’ budding creativity in this way.
Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, July 10, 1960.
In this fantastic Sunday page, Hi speculates about how archeologists in the future might interpret the junk in Chip’s room. Fifty-seven years later, it is still hard to predict if any of this will ever come to pass.
Chip is a typical teenager and his messy room has provided a rich source of gag material in the strip for over six decades. Someday he will get around to cleaning it up and Lois will not believe her eyes.
Hi and Lois Sunday page, November 7, 1999.
I wrote this episode when Jesse Ventura, a former professional wrestler, was elected governor of Minnesota in 1999. The line between entertainment and reality in American politics has become increasingly less defined since that time. The prospect of a rock and roll musician running for president does not seem so ridiculous now. Who knows? Some of Chip’s ideas might actually come to pass.