Timeline – 1973 Part 1

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, February 18, 1973.

When this strip came out, jogging had become a huge fad.

Running at a leisurely pace was a new concept. The idea was to get exercise without putting too much stress on the body. Joggers typically run less than six miles an hour and have wider foot spacing to establish stability.

Timeline – 1972 Part 2

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, June 11, 1972.

The Sunday page format allows for more involved plotlines than a daily strip. The example above shows how an extended story can be told in multiple panels.

Many newspapers run only the second and third tier of panels, so the complete scenario has to be written without the top row. This particular gag is contained is six panels, which is not much, but more than the two or three panels of a typical daily strip. The dialogue, pacing and composition must be economical to tell a coherent story.

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.