Timeline – 1971 Part 2

By Jeremy Meltingtallow

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, November 14, 1971.

The episode above features a typical Dik Browne “drop panel.” Sunday pages are designed so that the panels can be rearranged for quarter, third, half and full-page newspaper formats. Many of these configurations require that the logo panel and the following panel or panels at the top of the page be eliminated. The main story is contained in the second and third rows of panels so it can make sense without the drop panels.

In some instances the drop panel provides an introduction to the story. In other cases it’s a visual graphic that has no bearing on the plotline. Dik Browne often used this space to draw scenery, crowds, and family gatherings.

We searched through our archives and found some examples of Dik’s drop panels. Here, for you viewing pleasure, are some classics.

We hope you have enjoyed this gallery of Dik Browne artistry. For more, check back here for the next installment in our Timeline series.

– Brian Walker