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Spring 1965

We would like to share another classic Sunday page that was created by Mort Walker and Dik Browne almost fifty years ago.  This one has a spring theme and features some terrific scenery.

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, April 25, 1965.

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, April 25, 1965.

Dik Browne was a master at composition and pacing.  Each panel in this page, from the long shot in the opening panel beneath the title to the double-size panorama at the conclusion, was perfectly designed to advance the storyline.  He varied the perspective, using an aerial view in the second panel, close-ups in panels three, five and seven and a wide-angle layout at the end.  He added details to some scenes to establish atmosphere and solid color backgrounds in others to emphasize conversational exchanges.
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Brrrrrrr

It’s cold!  Although it can be challenging to stay warm in the winter, the season also has many good qualities.  We tend to spend more time indoors at this time of the year, so any reason to get outside can provide a breath of fresh air.

I like to go for morning walks during the winter and admire the scenery.  The bare branches silhouetted against the clear blue sky contrast starkly with the white snow that blankets the ground.  I can see hawks circling above looking for prey and ducks huddled in the icy water of the river.  Smoke curls from my neighbors’ chimneys and the smell of burning wood conjures up memories of seasons past.
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Fall Foliage

Dik Browne remembered seeing the autumn scenes that Frank King did in Gasoline Alley when he was growing up in the 1920s and 30s.  Here is an example from 1928.

Gasoline Alley Sunday Page by Frank King, November 4, 1928.

Gasoline Alley Sunday Page by Frank King, November 4, 1928.

Dik’s fond memories of these evocative episodes inspired him to do similar seasonal Sunday pages in Hi and Lois.  “Mort knows that I am a sucker for them,” Dik once said.  “We’ve all lived in Connecticut and know how beautiful it can get.  I think Kipling described fall as the ‘last revolt of the tree people against the dying of the year.’”
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