Timeline – 1970 Part 3

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, April 5, 1970.

Four years after the debut of Hi and Lois, Mort Walker came up with the idea to share Trixie’s thoughts with readers and introduced the innovation in November 1958. To see these historic strips go to: http://hiandlois.com/2014/05/16/the-thinking-baby/

In the next decade, Trixie’s personality continued to evolve. Most of the time she was sweet and innocent but occasionally she could be feisty and combative, as in the episode above. After feeling neglected by her friend the sunbeam, Trixie decides to play hard to get but sunbeam is persistent. Their relationship was not always sunny and bright. After these spats, they inevitably patched things up.

Timeline – 1967 Part 3

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, July 16, 1967.

“Where do you get your ideas?” is the question that readers most often ask cartoonists. There is no simple answer.

Mort Walker, in the 1986 book, The Best of Hi and Lois, provided some insights into his process. “The main ingredient in humor is the revelation of human nature – it’s frailties, its reasoning power – and the interrelationships between characters,” Mort explained. “Mostly what we do in Hi and Lois is focus on the conflicts between different family members due to their age differences. You get a lot of gags out of the way people reason and do things. It’s human nature you’re after.”

Timeline – 1967 Part 2

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, March 12, 1967.

In this classic episode, Trixie reviews the events of her day while she is trying to fall asleep. Among the many pleasurable experiences she had were finding jelly beans behind the couch, playing peek-a-boo with the postman, looking in the window of a toy store and curling up with Dawg. In six consecutive thought balloons these activities are recreated in cute drawings showing Trixie in various situations. Her positive mood is disrupted in the final panel when she remembers the unpleasant shot she got at the doctor’s. This type of gag has a rhythm that builds toward the surprise ending.