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.
Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, June 25, 1961.
Chip Flagston was about eight years old when Hi and Lois started in 1954. He is the only character in the strip who has aged slightly over the years. By the time this episode appeared he was more of an adolescent, but not quite the teenager we know today.
Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, May 21, 1961.
The creators of Hi and Lois continued to explore the many facets of Trixie’s imagination in the early 1960s. The clever page above shows her misinterpreting Hi’s conversational phrases about an old friend he bumped into on his way home from the office.