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Timeline – 1967 Part 3

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, July 16, 1967.

“Where do you get your ideas?” is the question that readers most often ask cartoonists. There is no simple answer.

Mort Walker, in the 1986 book, The Best of Hi and Lois, provided some insights into his process. “The main ingredient in humor is the revelation of human nature – it’s frailties, its reasoning power – and the interrelationships between characters,” Mort explained. “Mostly what we do in Hi and Lois is focus on the conflicts between different family members due to their age differences. You get a lot of gags out of the way people reason and do things. It’s human nature you’re after.”
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Timeline – 1966 Part 1

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, March 13, 1966.

Trixie is the most popular member of the Hi and Lois cast. She gets more mail than any other character, particularly from grandmothers who are sure their grandchildren are thinking the same thoughts. Trixie has added many new dimensions to her personality over the years. She is cute and cuddly, as babies should be. She is also resourceful, perceptive and downright defiant at times. She looks at the world through the window of the Flagston home and sees things no one else can. She loves to feel the warmth of her friend the sunbeam shining on her face. Inside her thought balloons is a running commentary on family life and human behavior.
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Timeline – 1964 Part 2

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, June 28, 1964.

This classic Sunday page from 1964 shows Lois Flagston on a trip to town. She is dressed in an attractive red dress with pearls, white gloves and a stylish hat. Her friend Millie admires her for looking so fresh and calm while planning a large lunch party at the same time her home is being renovated. With Hi’s help, Lois is regarded by her peers as a super capable suburban housewife.
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