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Hi Quits Smoking – Part Two

Here are the next three strips from the 1967 Hi and Lois sequence in which Hi struggles to give up smoking.

HI and Lois daily strips, January 5, 6 and 7, 1967.

Hi and Lois daily strips, January 5, 6 and 7, 1967.

In the second strip, Lois asks Hi about Jack Tippit.  In real life, Jack Tippit was a longtime friend of Mort Walker’s.  He was an Air Force veteran, a top-selling magazine gag cartoonist, creator of the syndicated panel Amy, a contributor to the comic strip Henry, president of the National Cartoonists Society and the first director of the Museum of Cartoon Art.  Mort occasionally dropped the names of personal acquaintances into Hi and Lois for his own amusement.

New Year’s Resolutions

The beginning of a new year is a good time for making reforms and setting goals for the future.  The tradition of new year’s resolutions goes back to the ancient Babylonians who promised their gods to pay debts and return favors at the start of each year.

Smoking is a bad habit that is hard to treat humorously.  In the mid-1960s, Hi and Lois co-creator Mort Walker was trying to give up smoking cigarettes.  It took him eight months to quit.

Football Season


For many of our readers, weekends during the fall are a time for attending high school, college and professional football games.  It’s an American tradition.

Thirsty Thurston, the Flagston’s next-door neighbor, is an avid football fan.  He also loves to eat and drink, so tailgating is an important part of his routine.  In this Sunday page from 1998, Thirsty comes to the game well prepared.

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