We are starting a new series of posts that go back to the 1950s. I have acquired the use of a large format scanner which can accomodate the 10" x 14" color proofs that King Features used to send us.
The Sunday page above is the second one from the brochure that King produced in October 1956 to announce the release of the Hi and Lois Sunday page.
For the original brochure, print advertisement, first color Sunday and history go to this previous post:
Dik Browne wrote and drew the first two Sunday pages, so presumbaly, this is his gag. It is not dated, so it's hard to know when it appeared in papers.
It showcases the early style of the strip, which is typical of the cartoons Dik drew for the Johnstone and Cushing advertising agency before he began illustrating Hi and Lois in 1954. The action scene in the second-to-last panel is particularly outstanding.
We have many more of these early Sunday pages to share, so be sure to check back here every week.
– Brian Walker