A Sunday Drive

The first Hi and Lois Sunday page ran on October 14, 1956. Here is a classic example from the following year.

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, September 1, 1957.

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, September 1, 1957.

This page showcases the style Dik Browne used in the early days of the strip, which was more typical of his advertising work. His love of detail is evident in the final panel. As the strip evolved throughout the 1950s and 60s, his technique became cleaner, with elegant line work and less cluttered layouts.
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Hi and Lois on Sunday

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.
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