Timeline – 1996 Part 3

Hi and Lois Sunday page digital proof, September 15, 1996.

Without a doubt, the most iconic image from Hi and Lois is Trixie sitting in her sunbeam.  Readers frequently write that this is their favorite recurring scene in the strip.

Here is a variation that Chance Browne did for a sales brochure a few years ago.It is actually quite challenging to write gags on this theme.  We have shown the sunbeam from every angle – shining brightly through the Flagston’s large picture window or peaking timidly between venetian blinds. We’ve compared the sunbeam to a moonbeam.  We’ve shown Trixie singing songs and reciting poetry telepathically to her trusty friend.  She competes with the family pet Dawg for space in the sun. The variations are endless but sometimes it can be difficult to come up with a new twist on this long-running set-up.
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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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