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Tracy Twins Classic

The Tracy Twins by Dik Browne, January 1961.

As we have documented in previous posts, The Tracy Twins, which was illustrated by Dik Browne, made its debut in the October 1953 issue of Boys’ Life magazine, one year before Hi and Lois started in newspapers on October 18, 1954. It was written and designed by Al Stenzel, an art director at the Johnstone and Cushing agency. Dik drew the feature for almost twenty years before he turned it over to other artists in the early 1970s.
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Fall Foliage #11

Hi and Lois Sunday page, November 9, 1975.

Hi and Lois Sunday page, November 9, 1975.

Our final episode in this fall foliage series, at least until next year, is a Dik Browne classic.

In panels #4 through #8, Hi and Lois are shown driving past sunlit trees, fields of crops, a charming waterfall, a dairy farm and a sailboat at sea. These scenes are rendered with fine detail, dramatic perspective and balanced coloring. The overall effect helps set up Lois’ punch line at the end. As I have stated here many times, Dik was a master of cartoon composition.
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Fall Foliage #9

Hi and Lois Sunday page, October 3, 1999.

Hi and Lois Sunday page, October 3, 1999.

Most of the leaves are on the ground in New England now, so it’s clean up time. This is one of Hi Flagston’s least favorite household chores. When I was a young boy, my father made me help with the leaf raking, so I dread this job as much as Hi does. Many years ago, I hired my neighbor’s son to clean up my yard every year. This has saved my balky back.
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