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Timeline – 1972 Part 3

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, August 27, 1972.

Drawing animals is a challenging task for any artist. Rendering realistic creatures in a humorous comic strip is even more daunting.

As an advertising artist in the 1940s and 50s, Dik Browne was called on to graphically represent anything the clients requested. He drew historical figures, panoramic scenery, all kinds of vehicles including automobiles, trains and planes, characters of every age and type and a menagerie of animals.
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Timeline – 1972 Part 1

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, April 2, 1972.

We have traced the origins of Trixie’s sunbeam in previous posts. Here is a link for an early Sunday page from 1959 that shows one of the first uses of this popular theme: http://hiandlois.com/2013/05/23/trixies-sunbeam/

A variation on the recurring sunbeam gag is the picture window that Trixie looks through to observe the outside world. The episode above is a classic example of this scenario.
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Timeline – 1971 Part 4

Hi and Los Sunday page color proof, December 26, 1971.

This seasonal Sunday page is another masterpiece of story structure and graphic design by Mort Walker and Dik Browne.

The gag stars the innocent and endearing Ditto who tells the elderly Mr. Rimmel about his dream of becoming a cowboy when he grows up. I remember going through a cowboy phase myself when I was about Ditto’s age. Mr. Rimmel gives Ditto a lot of good reasons to aspire to be a teacher instead. My wife and daughter are both teachers, so I am very sympathetic to this argument. I believe teachers don’t get enough credit or compensation for the jobs that they do. Ditto seems to be going along with Mr. Rimmel’s logic until he reverts back to his original obsession at the end.
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