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Comic Strip / Hi and Lois

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Hi and Lois is an American newspaper comic begun in 1954. It centralizes on Hiram and Lois Flagston, a suburban family with several children: Chip, Dot, Ditto and Trixie. It was first written by Beetle Bailey creator Mort Walker and drawn by Hägar the Horrible creator Dik Browne; following Dik's death in 1989, his son, Chance, took over drawing, with Mort's sons Brian and Greg taking over on writing.



  • Aerith and Bob: Most of the characters' names aren't all that far-fetched, save for "Ditto." (It's a nickname based on the fact that the boy's real name is Hiram Flagston, same as his father.)
  • The Alcoholic: Thirsty Thurston. It's kind of in the name.
  • Comic-Book Time: Chip started out as an eight-year-old, but has been a teenager for quite some time. Dot and Ditto have aged a couple years as well. And Trixie wasn't born until a few years after the strip started.
  • Fashion-Shop Fashion Show: Lois does this in a 2019 strip where she takes Hi with her to a store and models various swimsuits. She goes with a bikini over one-piece swimsuits, based on her husband's pleased reaction.
  • Honest John's Dealership: Lois is usually a decent, honest woman. But in her profession as a real estate saleswoman, she stretches the truth as much as anyone else in the business.
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  • Imaginary Friend: Subverted with Trixie, who has long, reflective conversations with The Sunbeam. Not a Sunbeam. The Sunbeam.
  • Long Runner: Started in 1954 and hasn't stopped.
  • Meaningful Name: Hi and Lois ("high and low"); oldest son Chip ("chip off the old block"); baby Trixie ("full of tricks"); younger children Dot and Ditto ("ditto" means "copy of", which either refers to his twin sister or his father); and boozehound neighbor Thirsty Thurston.
  • Medium Awareness: This is one possible explanation for the November 10th, 2018 strip, where Ditto refers to Beetle Bailey as a "cartoon character." As noted under Spin-Off below, Beetle is Ditto's uncle. (Though given the lack of context, it's also possible that there is a cartoon in their universe based on the real Beetle, which would be Recursive Canon instead.)
  • Ms. Fanservice: Lois is subject to this sometimes, especially in strips where she's wearing swimwear.
  • Name and Name: The strip's name is Hi and Lois, after the titular couple.
  • Poster-Gallery Bedroom: The 2/23/13 strip shows Chip's bedroom to have a Cubs pennant and posters of The Who, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. As one commentator pointed out, these are not exactly bands contemporary teenagers are big on.
  • Recursive Canon: The other possible interpretation of the November 10th, 2018 strip (see Medium Awareness above).
  • Shout-Out: Rosalyn has a cameo as Dot and Ditto's babysitter in the 10/25/2014 strip.
  • Spin-Off: The Flagstons first appeared in Beetle Bailey. Lois is Beetle's sister.
    • There was a Crossover to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Hi and Lois in 1994, with Beetle visiting the Flagstons for a week on furlough.
  • Theme Twin Naming: Don't twins have enough identity issues without being named "Ditto"?
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Initially Played Straight with the titular couple in earlier years, but has been downplayed more recently.
    • The 60th anniversary strip showed how Lois morphed from the stereotypical 1950s-60s bombshell housewife to the more homely yet still attractive mother, with the late 80s-early 90s becoming the turning point (mainly because of Dik Browne's death).


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