Dik Browne

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Dik Browne
Born(1917-08-11)August 11, 1917
DiedJune 4, 1989(1989-06-04) (aged 71)

Dik Browne (August 11, 1917 – June 4, 1989), born Richard Arthur Allan Browne in New York City, was an American cartoonist, best known for writing and drawing Hägar the Horrible and Hi and Lois .



Browne attended Cooper Union and got his start at the New York Journal-American as a copy boy and later worked in the art department. He also worked as a courtroom sketch artist for the paper, covering the Lucky Luciano trial. [1] He joined the army, producing work for the engineering unit and created Jinny Jeep, a comic strip about the Women's Army Corps. [2]

During World War II, he was assigned to draw maps and charts for an Army engineering unit, eventually rising to staff sergeant. In his spare time, he created the comic "Ginny Jeep", appearing in Army and Air Force newspapers. [3]

In the 1940s, he worked as an illustrator for Newsweek as well as for an advertising company, where he created the trademark logo for Chiquita.

In 1954, Browne and cartoonist Mort Walker co-created the comic strip Hi and Lois , a spin-off of Walker's popular Beetle Bailey strip, featuring Beetle's sister, brother-in-law and their family. Walker wrote the strip, which Browne illustrated until his death. The series is now drawn by his son Chance and written by Walker's sons. In 1973, Browne created Hägar the Horrible about an ill-mannered red-bearded medieval viking. The comic is now produced by his son Chris. Both strips have been successful, appearing in hundreds of newspapers for decades.

Browne died of cancer on June 4, 1989, at the age of 71, in Sarasota, Florida. [4] [5]


Browne was recognized for his work by the National Cartoonists Society with their Humor Comics Strip Award in 1959, 1960, 1972 and 1977 for Hi and Lois, and again in 1984 and 1986 for Hägar the Horrible. He received their Reuben Award for Hi and Lois in 1962 and for Hägar the Horrible in 1973. That same year the NCS honored him with their Elzie Segar Award.

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