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Timeline – 1965 Part 2

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, April 18, 1965.

Certain gags require secondary characters, like extras in movies, who are not part of the main cast. In the Sunday page above, Dik Browne created some friends for Ditto who look like child actors from the Our Gang comedies transported to the 1960s. Did the boy with the black eye get punched in a fight? Why does the other one look like he works on a train? We’ll never know, because these nameless characters only appeared in this episode.
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Fall Foliage #8

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, Novemver 1, 1964.

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.
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