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October 19, 2004

It’s Love Your Bland and Slightly Amusing Neighbors Day: Hi and Lois Begins Second Fifty Years


No one seems to have noticed -- and honestly, why would they? -- but yesterday marked the 50-year anniversary of the Hi and Lois strip, featuring the wacky hijinks of suburban Flagston family anchored by rumpled patriarch Hi and his surprisingly attractive wife Lois. That's a long time for a marriage or a newspaper comic strip, although as in Lois' brother has gone fifty-plus years in the U.S. Army, this is a clan that knows a thing or two about commitment.

I have no guess why a strip like this one lasts 50 years while so many others don't. It's pretty obvious that the concept of "suburbia" is a sturdy one, and I think the design work is strong. Hi and Lois may be best known for its status as a second generation strip, featuring as creators two Walkers and a Browne.
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