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Boys Will Be Boys

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, July 29, 1962.

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, July 29, 1962.

In this charming Sunday page, Hi takes a nostalgic trip back to the days of his youth. As we have documented in previous posts, chronological time is often stretched in comic strips to accommodate the needs of a particular gag. The flashback scenes suggest that Hi was “Chip’s age” during the 1930s, which would have made him over 40 years old when this episode appeared.
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Winter Snow

Hi and Lois Sunday page, January 23, 1972.

Hi and Lois Sunday page, January 23, 1972.

So far, it has been an unusually mild winter in the Northeast. Except for a few minor dustings, we have had no significant snowfall. Last winter, there were record accumulations, particularly in Boston.

The seasons provide ideal background settings for Hi and Lois and winter is no exception. Blizzards can leave the family snowbound for days and the kids often get cabin fever. School cancellations are cause for celebration. Snowmen, snowball fights sledding and skiing are favorite outdoor activities. For Chip, shoveling snow is a dreaded household chore, much like mowing the lawn in the summer and raking leaves in the fall.
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The 1999 Road Trip Begins

Last summer we revisited a five-week story from 1966 during which the Flagston family took an epic road trip across America.  This sequence featured thirty daily strips and four Sunday pages and was the longest continuity ever done in Hi and Lois.

During their journey, the Flagstons traveled across the Great Plains, visited Monument Valley, Mesa Verde, the Grand Canyon and Salt Lake City and ended their tour on the west coast where they saw redwood trees, totem poles and surfers.
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