Timeline – 1998 Part 2

Hi and Lois Sunday page digital proof, June 7, 1998.

This is one of my favorite pages from the late 1990s.  It was reproduced in the 2005 book Hi and Lois Sunday Best.  The original art was also featured in the 2014 exhibition King of the Comics at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum in Columbus, Ohio and is now in their permanent collection.

Timeline – 1968 Part 4

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, June 16, 1968.

This classic episode features a rare achievement in gag writing – a wordless punch line. The picture in the final panel is not only surprising, it also perfectly depicts Ditto Flagston’s exuberant innocence.

Ditto’s personality continued to develop in the 1960s. In addition to his essential mischievousness, he added many other personality traits. Below are some examples from this period.

Timeline – 1968 Part 2

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, February 11, 1968.

Ditto Flagston is seven years old and comes up with more ways to get in trouble than Lois can shake her finger at. Nevertheless, he’s a lovable little monster. His naïve innocence gives him a winning charm. He is a kid without any adult pretensions who recaptures a sense of fun most of us lost with our youth.