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Timeline – 1967 Part 4

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, December 3, 1967.

In anticipation of the upcoming football season, we are featuring this classic Sunday page. Hi, Chip and Ditto are shown going to what appears to be a college game. The pennants identify the institution only as “State.”

The gag revolves around Chip questioning his younger brother about his knowledge of the game. Ditto responds by detailing the rules of touch football he plays with his friends in the backyard. The boundaries include rose bushes and the driveway. There are also allowances for do-overs. This satisfies Chip who probably follows similar guidelines with his group of pals. It is nice to see Ditto get some respect from his older brother.
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Timeline – 1966 Part 4

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, December 11, 1966.

As we chronicled in a previous post, Chip is the only character in Hi and Lois who has aged over the years. When the strip started in 1954 he was around eight, but by the time the Sunday page above was published he was more like thirteen. He is about fifteen in the strip today, old enough to be crazy about girls and rock and roll, but too young to drive, drink or vote.
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Timeline – 1963 Part 1

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.
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