50th Anniversary

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hi Lois, Chance drew a birthday party scene featuring all of the Hi and Lois main characters.  This illustration originally appeared on the cover of the National Cartoonists Society newsletter, The Cartoonist, in 2004.  He did the illustration in pencil to capture the feeling of the gag roughs that he remembered seeing on Dik’s drawing board when he was young.  He decided to keep the linework in pencil on the final version, instead of inking it with a pen, to give it a softer look.  All the color was done with watercolors.

Here Comes the Sun

In the late 1980s, King Features made a deal with Avon Books to do a series of reprint collections featuring a number of their popular strips.  The first volume in the series was “Trust Me! – Ernie’s First Year” by Bud Grace.

The second release was “Here Comes the Sun – A Hi and Lois Collection” by Mort Walker and Dik Browne. When this book was published in May 1990, Dik had passed away. His son, Robert, also known as Chance, who had started assisting on the strip in 1980, had taken over the drawing full time by then.

Welcome to our world

For almost 60 years, Hi and Lois has been a creative collaboration between the Walker and Browne families.  My father, Mort, and Dik Browne started the strip in 1954 and were one of the great partnerships in the history of comics.  Although my brother Greg and I, and Dik’s son Chance, had been working on the feature for quite some time, it wasn’t until 1994 that the “next generation” officially took over.