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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Timeline – 1967 Part 4

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, December 3, 1967.

In anticipation of the upcoming football season, we are featuring this classic Sunday page. Hi, Chip and Ditto are shown going to what appears to be a college game. The pennants identify the institution only as “State.”

The gag revolves around Chip questioning his younger brother about his knowledge of the game. Ditto responds by detailing the rules of touch football he plays with his friends in the backyard. The boundaries include rose bushes and the driveway. There are also allowances for do-overs. This satisfies Chip who probably follows similar guidelines with his group of pals. It is nice to see Ditto get some respect from his older brother.
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Timeline – 1967 Part 1

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, February 12, 1967.

This page has some of Dik Browne’s remarkably expressive line work. The bare limbs of the trees in panels #2, #4 and #6 are shown in silhouette. The bushes in panels #3 and #7 are drawn with dense scratches. The rocks on the bridge in panel #6 are highlighted with stippling. Ditto’s dirty clothes in panels #9 and #10 are covered with parallel lines and his handprints are black splotches.
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