Timeline – 1968 Part 2

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, February 11, 1968.

Ditto Flagston is seven years old and comes up with more ways to get in trouble than Lois can shake her finger at. Nevertheless, he’s a lovable little monster. His naïve innocence gives him a winning charm. He is a kid without any adult pretensions who recaptures a sense of fun most of us lost with our youth.
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Timeline – 1968 Part 1

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, January 21, 1968.

A reader once wrote to Mort Walker about an episode of Hi and Lois she had seen in the newspaper.  “You must have been looking through my window,” she exclaimed, “because the same thing happened to me.”  King Features Syndicate has used this quote many times in their sales brochures to describe the unique appeal of the strip.  Hi and Lois has maintained its popularity by reflecting the daily experiences of family life that millions of people share.
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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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