Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, Novemver 1, 1964.
There are still leaves on the trees in New England, so we are extending our fall foliage series for a few more weeks.
Dik Browne would often translate an ordinary gag into an autumn scene and this Sunday page is a good example of that process. The storyline could have just as easily occurred in the spring or summer. Dik added color to the trees and leaves floating through the air to create a seasonal atmosphere. The dramatic perspective shots of Ditto on the roof help to establish a sense of danger to his predicament at the end.
Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, October 29, 1961.
In the vintage seasonal Sunday page above, Chip, Dot and Ditto are complaining about raking leaves which gets them into a discussion about how Hi and Lois are slacking off on their responsibilities. Hi explains that the government is encouraging parents to be tougher on their kids and the episode ends with a political statement from Chip.
Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, October 9, 1960.
The unique Sunday page above showcases some of the techniques that Dik Browne utilized during his years as an advertising artist for the Johnstone and Cushing agency during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Among the many products that he promoted in comic-format ads were Camel Cigarettes, Lipton Tea, Peter Paul Mounds Candy Bars and Campbell Soup. Dik’s early advertising style was more angular and modern than the round appealing look that he later perfected for the Flagston family.