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Timeline – 1996 Part 3

Hi and Lois Sunday page digital proof, September 15, 1996.

Without a doubt, the most iconic image from Hi and Lois is Trixie sitting in her sunbeam.  Readers frequently write that this is their favorite recurring scene in the strip.

Here is a variation that Chance Browne did for a sales brochure a few years ago.It is actually quite challenging to write gags on this theme.  We have shown the sunbeam from every angle – shining brightly through the Flagston’s large picture window or peaking timidly between venetian blinds. We’ve compared the sunbeam to a moonbeam.  We’ve shown Trixie singing songs and reciting poetry telepathically to her trusty friend.  She competes with the family pet Dawg for space in the sun. The variations are endless but sometimes it can be difficult to come up with a new twist on this long-running set-up.
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Timeline – 1974 Part 1

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, January 27, 1974.

Dawg is the Flagston’s sole pet and is very protective of his domain. In this episode, another neighborhood dog follows Dot home and when she tries to feed it, the inevitable battle ensues.

The two scenes that lead up to the final panel are carefully composed. Speed lines, called “hites” suggest the action of the chasing dogs. Hi is tossed in the air, his feet above his head. Dust clouds, also known as “briffits,” add to the swirling scene of the escalating dogfight. Sound effects are done with large block lettering and a lamp and a book are thrown in for extra emphasis. In the end, Hi is disheveled but Dawg is sleeping peacefully, presumably having chased his rival out of the house.
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Timeline – 1973 Part 1

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, February 18, 1973.

When this strip came out, jogging had become a huge fad.

Running at a leisurely pace was a new concept. The idea was to get exercise without putting too much stress on the body. Joggers typically run less than six miles an hour and have wider foot spacing to establish stability.
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