Timeline – 1974 Part 3

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

The autumnal-themed Hi and Lois Sunday pages, which are an annual tradition, feature some of Dik Browne’s best work. It was his favorite time of the year.

“Mort knows that I am a sucker for them,” Dik once said about these episodes.  “We’ve all lived in Connecticut and know how beautiful it can get.  I think Kipling described fall as the ‘last revolt of the tree people against the dying of the year.’”
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Timeline – 1974 Part 1

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, January 27, 1974.

Dawg is the Flagston’s sole pet and is very protective of his domain. In this episode, another neighborhood dog follows Dot home and when she tries to feed it, the inevitable battle ensues.

The two scenes that lead up to the final panel are carefully composed. Speed lines, called “hites” suggest the action of the chasing dogs. Hi is tossed in the air, his feet above his head. Dust clouds, also known as “briffits,” add to the swirling scene of the escalating dogfight. Sound effects are done with large block lettering and a lamp and a book are thrown in for extra emphasis. In the end, Hi is disheveled but Dawg is sleeping peacefully, presumably having chased his rival out of the house.
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