Hi and Lois
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|Hi and Lois|
Hi and Lois
Mort Walker and drawn by Dik Browne|
Brian and Greg Walker and drawn by Robert "Chance" Browne
|Current status / schedule||Running|
|Launch date||October 18, 1954|
|Syndicate(s)||King Features Syndicate|
The Flagstons first appeared in Walker's Beetle Bailey. They spun off into their own strip, written by Walker and drawn by Browne. Lois Flagston (née Bailey) is Beetle Bailey's sister, and the two strips make occasional crossovers. One of these occurred on the strip's 40th anniversary in 1994, when Beetle visited his sister Lois and her family. Chip resembles his Uncle Beetle in attitude and appearance, especially the eyes.
The strip made efforts to keep up with the times, such as housewife Lois Flagston taking a career in real estate in 1980. In previous decades the strip was acclaimed; in 1962 it earned Browne a Reuben Award from the National Cartoonists Society.
The strip faced some controversy given the changes in content restrictions since its debut in the 1950s. Once, editors insisted that belly buttons could not appear; in protest, Browne included a box of dimpled navel oranges.
- Hi and Lois Flagston: Hi (short for Hiram) and Lois are typical middle-class American suburbanites. Their names are a pun on the "opposite" terms of "high and low". Hi is a sales manager. Lois is a realtor. They have four children.
- Chip: a slovenly indolent teenaged boy (eight years old at the time the strip started).
- Dot and Ditto: rambunctious twins Dot (girl) & Ditto (boy), four-year-olds when the strip began, now grade school-aged; Dot is the better student.
- Trixie: the Flagstons' freckled, blonde baby girl, who loves "talking" (through thought balloons) to Sunbeam, a ray of sunlight.
- Dawg: the Flagstons' large, shaggy sheepdog.
- Thirsty Thurston: the Flagstons' fat, lazy, and frequently tipsy next-door neighbor; Hi's co-worker and golf buddy.
- Irma Thurston: Thirsty's thin, weary, and long-suffering wife.
- Abercrombie and Fitch: the friendly neighborhood garbage collectors. Their names are a pun on the clothing manufacturer of the same name. Fitch's employee hat has the "s" in "trash" reversed, like the famous "Toys 'R' Us" logo.
- Mr. Foofram: Owner and president of Foofram Industries, where Hi and Thirsty work. Diminutive and at times short-tempered, but not a tyrant.
Lois' maiden name is Bailey. Her brother is Beetle Bailey (who stars in the comic strip of the same name, also written by Mort Walker).
Ron Goulart praised Dik Browne's artwork for the strip, stating "Browne made Hi and Lois one of the most visually interesting strips on the comics page." In an article for Entertainment Weekly reviewing then-current comic strips, Ken Tucker gave Hi and Lois a B+ rating, and added that it had the "gentlest humor" of all the Mort Walker comic strips.
Collections and reprints
(All titles by Mort Walker and Dik Browne unless otherwise noted)
- Trixie (1960) Avon
- Hi and Lois (1970) Tempo Books
- Hi and Lois in Darkest Suburbia (1971) Tempo
- Hi and Lois: Beware! Children at Play (1972) Tempo
- Hi and Lois: On the Grill (1973) Tempo
- Hi and Lois: Family Album (1973) Tempo
- Hi and Lois: Family Ties (1979) Tempo
- Hi and Lois: Mama's Home (1982) Tempo
- Hi and Lois: Suburban Cowboys (1982) Tempo
- Hi and Lois: Father Figure (1982) Tempo
- Hi and Lois: American Gothic (1983) Tempo
- Hi and Lois: Dishwasher, Lawnmower or Snowplow? (1983) Tor
- Hi and Lois: Home Sweat Home (1983) Tor
- Hi and Lois: "Is Dinner Ready?" (1983) Tor
- Hi and Lois: Saturday Night Fever (1983) Tor
- Hi and Lois: "Hi Honey, I'm Home!" (1984) Tor
- Hi and Lois: Mom, Where's My Homework? (1984) Tor
- Hi and Lois: The Bright Stuff (1984) Charter
- Hi and Lois: "How Do You Spell Dad?" (1985) Tor
- Hi and Lois: Trixie à la Mode (1986) Tor
- Hi and Lois: Good Housekeeping (1986) Tor
- Hi and Lois: Dawg Day Afternoon! (1986) Tor
- The Best of Hi and Lois (1986, 2005) Comicana
- Hi and Lois: Sleep-Can (1987) Tor
- Hi and Lois: Say "Cheese" (1987) Tor
- Hi and Lois: Sleepbusters! (1987) Tor
- Hi and Lois: House Calls (1988) Tor
- Hi and Lois: Modern Chaos! (1989) Tor
- Hi and Lois: Croquet for a Day (1989) Tor
- Hi and Lois: Couch Potatoes! (1990) Tor
- Hi and Lois: Wheels of Fortune (1990) Tor
- Hi and Lois: Happy Campers (1990) Tor
- Here Comes the Sun: A Hi and Lois Collection (1990) Avon
- Hi and Lois: Mister Popularity (1991) Tor
- Hi and Lois: Play Ball! (1991) Tor
- Hi and Lois: Up Two Late (1991) Tor
- Hi and Lois: Baby Talk (1991) Tor
- Hi and Lois: Sunday Best by Brian and Greg Walker and Chance Browne (2005) ECW Press
- Ron Goulart. The Funnies:100 years of American comic strips. Holbrook, Mass. : Adams Pub., 1995. ISBN 1-55850-539-3 (p. 110)
- Hi & Lois - The Creators
- "Hi and Lois (Volume)". Comicvine.com. Retrieved 2013-09-03.
- Ken Tucker, "Ken Tucker Rates the Daily Comic Strips" Entertainment Weekly, October 05, 1990 . Retrieved February 05, 2018.
- Walker, Brian. "Trixie". Hi & Lois. Retrieved 2015-06-20.