|Hi and Lois|
|Author(s)||Mort Walker and drawn by Dik Browne
Brian and Greg Walker and drawn by Robert "Chance" Browne
|Current status / schedule||Running|
|Launch date||October 18, 1954|
|Syndicate(s)||King Features Syndicate|
The Flagstons first appeared in Mort Walker's strip Beetle Bailey. They spun off into their own strip, written by Walker and drawn by Dik Browne. Lois Flagston (née Bailey) is Beetle Bailey's sister, and the two strips make occasional crossovers. One of these occurred on the strip's 40th anniversary in 1994, when Beetle visited his sister Lois and her family. Chip resembles his Uncle Beetle in appearance (especially the eyes) and attitude.
The strip made efforts to keep up with the times, such as housewife Lois Flagston taking a career in real estate in 1980. In previous decades the strip was acclaimed; in 1962 it earned Dik Browne a Reuben Award from the National Cartoonists Society.
The strip faced some controversy given the changes in morals since its debut in the 1950s. Once, editors insisted that belly buttons could not appear; in protest, Browne included a box of dimpled navel oranges.
Now produced by the sons of the original creative team, the script written by Brian and Greg Walker and drawn by Robert "Chance" Browne.
The strip is apparently a favorite of the character known as Comic Book Guy on The Simpsons. He has referred to it on a few occasions, once sarcastically asking Bart Simpson, "Are you the creator of Hi and Lois? Because you are making me laugh." He also once intended to host a signing with the strip's creators at his store, but it was moved to the Springfield Coliseum, presumably due to overwhelming demand.