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The Flagston Family Summer Olympics – The Games Begin

Hi and Lois Sunday page, July 28, 1996.

Hi and Lois Sunday page, July 28, 1996.

Tonight is the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. Twenty years ago, the Sunday page above was done during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

At this time, I had been reading the comic strip Rose is Rose by Pat Brady. I noticed that the married couple in the strip, Rose and Jimbo Gumbo, had a strong physical attraction to each other. Rose often teased Jimbo in a playfully sexual way.
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Playthings of the Past

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, June 7, 1964.

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, June 7, 1964.

This Sunday page appeared in newspapers long before kids had video games and computers to play with. In the early 1960s, Dot and Ditto didn’t know what they were missing. They had a console television to watch, a phonograph for listening to records and many traditional toys, including a ball, a jack-in-the-box, blocks, a ring-toss game and a spinning saucer.
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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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