|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. 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).
- Official Facebook page
- Official Hi and Lois Daily Comic page
- King Features: Hi and Lois
- Hi and Lois at Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Archived from the original on April 15, 2012.
- Mort Walker Collection at University of Missouri (primary source material)