Timeline – 1998 Part 2

Hi and Lois Sunday page digital proof, June 7, 1998.

This is one of my favorite pages from the late 1990s.  It was reproduced in the 2005 book Hi and Lois Sunday Best.  The original art was also featured in the 2014 exhibition King of the Comics at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum in Columbus, Ohio and is now in their permanent collection.

Timeline – 1970 Part 1

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, February 22, 1970.

Herb Caen was a San Francisco newspaper columnist who helped add to the cultural lexicon. In 1958, he invented the term “beatnik” to describe local bohemians and during the 1967 Summer of Love, popularized the word “hippie.”

The hippies had their own language, using superlatives like “groovy,” “boss,” “outta sight,” “far out” and “righteous.” They got “bummed out” when things didn’t go well or “freaked out” when they got out of control. They “toked” on “joints” to get “stoned” and protested against “The Man.”

Timeline – 1962 Part 1

HI and Lois Sunday page color proof, May 20, 1962.

The technique in the strip above, using a primitive drawing style to express a child’s point-of-view, probably goes back to the earliest days of cartooning. We have featured it many times over the years in Hi and Lois.

There was an innovative strip in newspapers at this time that used a similar approach exclusively. Jackys Diary by Jack Mendelsohn was a Sunday-only feature and debuted on January 11, 1959. It was presented as a hand-drawn, hand-written diary from Mendelsohn’s youth. Similar to Dot, Jacky related stores about his family, his boyhood adventures, his schoolwork and a variety of other experiences.