This article needs additional citations for . verification (August 2013) is a Hi and Lois comic strip about a suburban family. Created by Mort Walker and illustrated by Dik Browne, it debuted on October 18, 1954, distributed by King Features Syndicate. Publication history [edit ]
The Flagstons first appeared in Walker's
. They Beetle Bailey 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 Best of Hi and Lois
(1986) was reprinted in 2005.
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.
produced by the sons of the original creative team, the strip is written by Brian and Greg Walker and drawn by Robert "Chance" Browne. Comic books [edit ]
The Flagston family was also featured in a series of
Charlton comic books. Eleven issues were produced from November 1969 to July 1971. Cover price was fifteen cents. [1 ] Characters [edit ] Hi and Lois Flagston: Hi (short for Hiram) and Lois are typical middle-class American suburbanites. Lois is a realtor. They have four children. Chip: a stereotypically slovenly teenaged boy (eight years old at the time the strip started) Dot and Ditto: rambunctious twins Dot (sister) & Ditto (brother), four-year-olds when the strip began, now grade school-aged 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 eternally tipsy next-door neighbor Irma Thurston: Thirsty's thin, weary and long-suffering wife Abercrombie and Fitch: the neighborhood garbage collectors
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). Collections and reprints [edit ]
(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) Comicananiosolaaamasionto 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 References [edit ] External links [edit ]