Following an advertising stint where he created the Chiquita Banana logo, he was asked to tackle art duties on the Beetle Bailey spinoff strip Hi and Lois. Browne brushed off the suggestion, preferring his own alliterative title. He changed his mind at the last minute, reviewing and accepting the strip before leaving. Just days later, while on his ski vacation, the editor had a heart attack and died. While trick-or-treaters were busy covering nearby houses in toilet paper or spray paint, they spared the Browne residence.
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The strip's title was the family nickname for Dik Browne, and the characters were loosely based on Dik's family and friends. The strip now appears in about 1, newspapers around the world. It appears in 56 countries and is translated into 12 languages and is now drawn by Dik's son, Chris Browne. Chris Browne was born in South Orange, N. The son of award-winning cartoonist Dik Browne, he assisted his father on the comic strips Hi and Lois and Hagar the Horrible. He contributed gag writing to Hagar the Horrible from its inception in When Dik Browne retired in , Chris continued to write and draw the strip.
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It first appeared in February , and was an immediate success. Animation-industry writer Terence J. The strip is set in the Middle Ages in an unnamed coastal village somewhere in Norway. Although anachronisms are not unknown, they are not deliberate mainstays of the strip, as in other period burlesque strips like The Wizard of Id. The strip follows a standard gag-a-day daily format with an extended color sequence on Sundays.