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Comic Ads

Ger Apeldoorn, a Dutch writer and comics historian, has a blog entitled “The Fabulous Fifties.” On September 15, 2012, he featured some of Dik Browne’s advertisements for Camel Cigarettes on his site. Here is a link to that post: http://allthingsger.blogspot.com/search?q=Brownies

Ger wrote, “All through the forties and fifties lots of ads in the Sunday section were done in comic strip form, often drawn by the same people who worked for the strips, or would be working for them later on. One of the major companies supplying these sorts of strips was Johnstone and Cushing. Dik Browne and Gill Fox were two of the famous artists working there, but there were many more. Almost none of these strips were signed, of course. As Dik Browne said, ‘if you signed your strip, you were in fact saying that that was your one and only style. It was better not to sign and work in lots of different styles.’”
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Back-To-Back Holidays

Hi and Lois Sunday page, February 13, 2011.

Hi and Lois Sunday page, February 13, 2011.

Valentine’s Day is a holiday that is regularly celebrated in Hi and Lois. Shopping for gifts, making cards, going out to dinner, eating candy and expressing love and devotion are among the many themes we use to honor this special day. The Sunday page above, from 2011, provided Chance Browne with an opportunity to draw like Dot and Ditto.
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Theory of the Month Club – 1967 Part Three

Hi and Lois daily strip, September 8, 1967.

Hi and Lois daily strip, September 8, 1967.

The “Theory of the Month Club” series, which began in 1966, was inspired by Benjamin Spock’s, “Baby and Child Care,” which was published in 1946. This book became an essential reference book for parents during the Baby Boom era.  Dr. Spock was the first pediatrician to use psychoanalysis to understand the needs of children and applied these theories to child development and family dynamics. His ideas encouraged parents to be more flexible and affectionate with their children, and to treat them as unique individuals.
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