Timeline – 1974 Part 4

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, December 22, 1974.

Christmas is a favorite holiday in the Flagston, Browne and Walker families. We always like to do something special at this time of the year.

The Sunday page above is one of my favorite seasonal episodes. Dot and Ditto can’t wait to give Hi his Christmas present. They make him guess what the gift is before he opens it. Their glee when he starts making preposterous suggestions has wonderful naïve innocence. When he finally makes the correct identification, Trixie’s look of surprise is priceless.
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Timeline – 1974 Part 1

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, January 27, 1974.

Dawg is the Flagston’s sole pet and is very protective of his domain. In this episode, another neighborhood dog follows Dot home and when she tries to feed it, the inevitable battle ensues.

The two scenes that lead up to the final panel are carefully composed. Speed lines, called “hites” suggest the action of the chasing dogs. Hi is tossed in the air, his feet above his head. Dust clouds, also known as “briffits,” add to the swirling scene of the escalating dogfight. Sound effects are done with large block lettering and a lamp and a book are thrown in for extra emphasis. In the end, Hi is disheveled but Dawg is sleeping peacefully, presumably having chased his rival out of the house.
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