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.
Parents are always trying to maintain some semblance of order in a household with children. They often make rules to control the chaos but these inevitably backfire. Kids have a way of subverting ideas their parents have about the proper way to raise them.
This dynamic of family life inspired Mort Walker and Dik Browne to do a special series in the late 1960s. “The Theory of the Month” strips ran about once a month during 1966 and continued off and on until the end of the decade.
Hi and Lois has been primarily a gag-a-day strip since its inception. This means that each episode is a self-contained entity. There have been stories that lasted for a week or more, but these tend to be special occasions.
Vacations have provided periodic opportunities for the Flagstons to break out of their daily routine and travel to interesting destinations. In the early years of the feature, these usually occurred on a single Sunday.