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Fall Foliage #6

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, October 29, 1961.

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, October 29, 1961.

In the vintage seasonal Sunday page above, Chip, Dot and Ditto are complaining about raking leaves which gets them into a discussion about how Hi and Lois are slacking off on their responsibilities.  Hi explains that the government is encouraging parents to be tougher on their kids and the episode ends with a political statement from Chip.
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Fall Foliage 4

Hi and Lois Sunday page, color proof, November 10, 1974.

Hi and Lois Sunday page, color proof, November 10, 1974.

As we have documented in previous posts, autumn was Dik Browne’s favorite season. Occasionally, he would translate an ordinary gag into a fall scene, as he did with the Sunday page shown above. In the first two “drop panels” after the logo, which were added later, Hi is talking about why the leaves change color.  But in the next six panels, the original gag written by Mort Walker has nothing to do with the season. All the special touches, including the lead-in panels, the colorful foliage, the produce stand and the pumpkins, were added to give the page an autumnal mood. Dik probably drew this in early September since Sunday pages have to be completed six to eight weeks before publication.
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