July 27th, 2014
by Brian Walker, Greg Walker and Chance Browne
Last summer we revisited a five-week story from 1966 during which the Flagston family took an epic road trip across America. This sequence featured thirty daily strips and four Sunday pages and was the longest continuity ever done in Hi and Lois.
During their journey, the Flagstons traveled across the Great Plains, visited Monument Valley, Mesa Verde, the Grand Canyon and Salt Lake City and ended their tour on the west coast where they saw redwood trees, totem poles and surfers.
If you haven’t seen this historic series, scroll back to the post on July 10, 2013 and follow it to the final post on August 7, 2013. This story has never been reprinted in its entirety since the initial newspaper run in 1966.
In 1999, we decided to send the Flagston family on another journey. It was conceived and designed as an homage to the original 1966 road trip.
This sequence included three Sunday pages and two weeks of daily strips and inspired Chance to do some spectacular scenery.
The first Sunday page of the story shows Hi dreaming of the places they hope to visit while the car is still in the driveway.
Hi and Lois Sunday page, August 8, 1999.
In the next post we will feature the first week of daily strips from this classic series.
– Brian Walker
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