Timeline – 1974 Part 2

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, June 2, 1974.

I have told the story about how Mort Walker came up with the idea for “the thinking baby” in previous posts.

Click these links to review this history.

http://hiandlois.com/2013/01/29/trixie/

http://hiandlois.com/2014/05/16/the-thinking-baby/

A few years after Trixie started sharing her thoughts with readers, her fantasies became even more surreal. Here is a panel from a 1960 Sunday page when her dreams looked like something from a Dr. Seuss book.
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Timeline – 1972 Part 1

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, April 2, 1972.

We have traced the origins of Trixie’s sunbeam in previous posts. Here is a link for an early Sunday page from 1959 that shows one of the first uses of this popular theme: http://hiandlois.com/2013/05/23/trixies-sunbeam/

A variation on the recurring sunbeam gag is the picture window that Trixie looks through to observe the outside world. The episode above is a classic example of this scenario.
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Timeline – 1971 Part 3

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, December 5, 1971.

The Sunday page above features Trixie in her fully developed stage. She didn’t always look like this.

When Mort Walker and Dik Browne started designing Hi and Lois in 1954, they had different ideas about the way the characters should appear. “Dik drew in a clean, modern style which I thought would give a whole new look to the comics,” Mort recollected. “In the beginning he had a very high tech look, with angular lines. It turned out to be a little too sterile for Hi and Lois and eventually he began to draw rounder and cuter.”
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