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Hi and Lois Sunday page, November 5, 1978.

Hi and Lois Sunday page, November 5, 1978.

The Sunday page above is another superlative example of Dik Browne’s pen-and-ink technique and compositional skills. He added depth to his panels by providing background details like clouds and church steeples and his use of blacks throughout the page give a balanced look to the overall layout. The incidental characters are humorously drawn and distinctive. The evocative silhouetting in the second-to-last panel helps to set up the final punch line.
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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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