Timeline – 1997 Part 1

Hi and Lois Sunday page digital proof, April 20, 1997.

The episode above was inspired by an article I read about the health benefits of laughter.

I learned that, laughter strengthens immune systems, changes moods, diminishes discomfort, and releases stress. Children laugh freely and frequently, but adults tend to be more serious and laugh less often. Humor can improve emotional health, strengthen relationships, provide happiness and even add years to our lives.

Timeline – 1996 Part 4

Hi and Lois Sunday page digital proof, October 27, 1996.

We have done some episodes that speculate what Hi and Lois might have been like when they were younger.  In 1992, to celebrate the 40thanniversary of the strip, we had Beetle visit his sister Lois.  In this scene from the story, there is a photo of the two as children.

Timeline – 1996 Part 3

Hi and Lois Sunday page digital proof, September 15, 1996.

Without a doubt, the most iconic image from Hi and Lois is Trixie sitting in her sunbeam.  Readers frequently write that this is their favorite recurring scene in the strip.

Here is a variation that Chance Browne did for a sales brochure a few years ago.It is actually quite challenging to write gags on this theme.  We have shown the sunbeam from every angle – shining brightly through the Flagston’s large picture window or peaking timidly between venetian blinds. We’ve compared the sunbeam to a moonbeam.  We’ve shown Trixie singing songs and reciting poetry telepathically to her trusty friend.  She competes with the family pet Dawg for space in the sun. The variations are endless but sometimes it can be difficult to come up with a new twist on this long-running set-up.