For many years, it was common practice for syndicates to release the daily strip version of a new feature before launching the Sunday page. If the daily strip signed up enough newspaper clients the Sunday page would follow. This was the case with Hi and Lois.
Two years after the daily strip began on October 16, 1954, the Sunday page was launched on October 14, 1956. Here is the advertisement from Editor & Publisher that announced the debut of the Sunday page.
“If there is such a thing as being born into a profession, it happened to me,” Hi and Lois creator Mort Walker claimed in the introduction to his 2001 autobiography, Mort Walker’s Private Scrapbook. “From my first breath, all I ever wanted to be was a cartoonist.” He drew cartoons for his school newspaper, The Scarritt Scout, when he was 10. He sold his first cartoon to Child Life magazine at the age of 11. His first comic strip, The Limejuicers, ran in the Kansas City Journal when he was 13. He submitted his first comic strip to a national syndicate at the age of 15. By the time Mort graduated from high school his work was polished and professional.
In the late 1980s, King Features made a deal with Avon Books to do a series of reprint collections featuring a number of their popular strips. The first volume in the series was “Trust Me! – Ernie’s First Year” by Bud Grace.
The second release was “Here Comes the Sun – A Hi and Lois Collection” by Mort Walker and Dik Browne. When this book was published in May 1990, Dik had passed away. His son, Robert, also known as Chance, who had started assisting on the strip in 1980, had taken over the drawing full time by then.