Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, January 8, 1961.
In previous posts, we have chronicled how Mort Walker came up with the idea of sharing Trixie’s thoughts with readers in the late 1950s. In this delightful Sunday page, she speaks her first word.
We have never specified Trixie’s exact age in the strip. It is typical for babies to utter simple, one-syllable sounds, like “mama” and “dada” when they are about six months old. From that point on, they continue to add words and phrases, until they being to form two-to-four word sentences at around eighteen to twenty-four months. So, Trixie is somewhere in that range.
Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, May 8, 1960.
The Sunday page above is another classic nostalgia trip from the team of Mort Walker and Dik Browne. Mr. Foofram, who is Hi Flagston’s boss, is looking back at the good old days when life was simpler.
He runs Foofram Industries, which manufactures fooframs of all kinds (whatever those are). He inherited the business from his father and if it weren’t for his position, no one would take him seriously. He sits at an ornate throne in his office and vainly tries to get his employees to do his bidding. He is the quintessential small man in a big job – a lot of power but not very much wattage.
Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, April 10, 1960.
When Mort Walker first started sharing Trixie’s thoughts with readers, they were fairly simple (for a previous post about this history click here).
Within a few years, Trixie was having wild fantasies like the ones in the Sunday page above. These gags encouraged Dik Browne to come up with some wonderfully surreal images. Trixie’s “bimfoozik!” idea in panel #8 looks like a scene Salvador Dali might have painted.