April 14th, 2018

Timeline – 1975 Part 2

by Brian Walker, Greg Walker and Chance Browne

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, June 8, 1975.

Spring is arriving late in New England this year.  It is already mid-April and this is the first day the temperature has gone above 70 degrees.

We like to chronicle the changing seasons in Hi and Lois.  The strip’s creators, the Walkers and the Brownes, have lived primarily in Connecticut, so the outdoor scenes reflect the way we experience them. We have snow in the winter, flowers in the spring, heat in the summer and leaves in the fall.  Not all areas of the country have snow.  Readers there have to use their imaginations and see the world through our eyes.

The charming episode above uses the full color palate of the Sunday comics. The grass is green, the flowers are blue, the butterflies are purple, the buds are pink, the crawlies are orange and the toenails are red (Lois sure has funny-looking feet). This gag would not have the same impact if it were a black-and-white daily strip.

Here is a spring-themed strip that has a much darker message.

Hi and Lois daily strip, June 25, 1968.

As Trixie observes, it’s survival of the fittest in the Flagston back yard!

Come back next week for another classic example from 1975 in our Timeline series.

– Brian Walker

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, October 5, 1975.

A military cadence is a call-and response chant sung by soldiers while marching or running.  The rhythm of these chants keeps the soldiers moving in step as a unit and serves to promote teamwork and camaraderie.  Typically, one soldier initiates a line and the others either complete it or repeat it.  A drummer usually sets the beat.

Here are the words to one popular military cadence.

They Say That In The Army Cadence

They say that in the Army the coffee’s mighty fine
It looks like muddy water and tastes like turpentine
Chorus:
Oh Lord, I wanna go
But they won’t let me go
Oh Lord, I wanna go hoo-hoo-hoooome EH!
They say that in the Army the chow is mighty fine
A chicken jumped off the table and started marking time
Chorus:
Oh Lord, I wanna go
But they won’t let me go
Oh Lord, I wanna go hoo-hoo-hoooome EH!
They say that in the Army the biscuits are mighty fine
One rolled off the table and killed a friend of mine
Chorus:
Oh Lord, I wanna go
But they won’t let me go
Oh Lord, I wanna go hoo-hoo-hoooome EH!
They say that in the Army the training’s might fine
Last night there were ten of us, now there’s only nine
Chorus:
Oh Lord, I wanna go
But they won’t let me go
Oh Lord, I wanna go hoo-hoo-hoooome EH!
They say that in the Army the pay is mighty fine
They give you a hundred dollars and take back ninety-nine
Chorus:
Oh Lord, I wanna go
But they won’t let me go
Oh Lord, I wanna go hoo-hoo-hoooome EH

Click on this link to hear the audio version of this chant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FTVC7jMozI

The Sunday page above shows a cadence march at Camp Swampy with Lt. Flap as the leader.  As General Halftrack observes, the men are having too much fun.

Stop back next week to see the next installment from 1975 in our Timeline series.

– Brian Walker

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