Fall Foliage 4

Hi and Lois Sunday page, color proof, November 10, 1974.

Hi and Lois Sunday page, color proof, November 10, 1974.

As we have documented in previous posts, autumn was Dik Browne’s favorite season. Occasionally, he would translate an ordinary gag into a fall scene, as he did with the Sunday page shown above. In the first two “drop panels” after the logo, which were added later, Hi is talking about why the leaves change color.  But in the next six panels, the original gag written by Mort Walker has nothing to do with the season. All the special touches, including the lead-in panels, the colorful foliage, the produce stand and the pumpkins, were added to give the page an autumnal mood. Dik probably drew this in early September since Sunday pages have to be completed six to eight weeks before publication.
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The Silvermine Golf Club

Hi and Lois Sunday page, black-and-white proof, November 9, 1980.

Hi and Lois Sunday page, black-and-white proof, November 9, 1980.

In the previous post, I featured a map of Wilton, hometown of Hi and Lois, which was drawn by Chance Browne in 2010. In the upper left-hand corner, the Silvermine Golf Club can be seen. The picturesque red barn, where the maintenance equipment for the golf course is stored, is also shown in the first panel of the Hi and Lois Sunday page above and in the photo below.
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Al Stenzel – Writer of The Tracy Twins

The Tracy Twins was illustrated by Dik Browne from its debut in the October 1953 issue of Boys’ Life magazine until he handed it over to other artists in the early 1970s. The feature was written and designed by Al Stenzel, an art director at the Johnstone and Cushing agency.

Here is a reprint of an illustrated tribute that ran in Boys’ Life after Stenzel passed away in 1979.StenzelThis 1970 episode of The Tracy Twins was probably one of the last ones that Dik drew.TTCityIn the current issue of Hogan’s Alley (#20) there is an article I wrote about the history of The Tracy Twins. To purchase a copy or subscribe to this wonderful magazine go to: http://cartoonician.com/purchase-hogans-alley/
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