July 27th, 2013

The Road Trip – Sunday Page #3

by Brian Walker, Greg Walker and Chance Browne

Leaving the vast expanses of the southwestern desert behind, the Flagstons have arrived in the mountains in this colorful Sunday page.  Although the location is not identified, the background in the upper right panel looks like it might be Lake Tahoe on the border between Nevada and California.

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, July 31, 1966. Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, July 31, 1966.

This expertly composed layout is one of my favorites in the series.  In addition to the beautiful scenery it shows all the characters in and around the family station wagon.  The conversation provides a believable depiction of how kids act when they get restless on a long trip.  Ditto is wearing a coonskin cap, popularized by the Davy Crockett TV series in the mid-fifties, and Dot is cute in her cowgirl hat.  Hi looks like a typical harried husband in the final scene.

Check back for the next installment as the Road Trip enters its fourth fun-filled week.

– Brian Walker

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