by Brian Walker, Greg Walker and Chance Browne
Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, April 10, 1960. When Mort Walker first started sharing Trixie’s thoughts with readers, they were fairly simple (for a previous post about this history click here). Within a few years, Trixie was having wild fantasies like the ones in the Sunday page above. These gags encouraged Dik Browne to come up with some wonderfully surreal images. Trixie’s “bimfoozik!” idea in panel #8 looks like a scene Salvador Dali might have painted. This page reminded me of a toy I had when I was about eight years old. The Dr. Seuss books were peaking in popularity at that time and in 1959 Revell came out with the play set shown below, which I received as a gift. The Sunday page above was done around the same time, so it is possible that Mort and Dik were inspired by these Dr. Seuss plastic animals. Stay tooned for more classic Sunday pages from the 1960s. – Brian Walker

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