Richard Browne, alias,
was born in New York, in 1917.
Affectionately known by his peers in the profession as the "cartoonist's
cartoonist," Dik Browne was universally loved by his family, friends, and
fans as a gentle, wise and generous soul. After gaining experience in the
1940s as a magazine and advertising illustrator, Dik broke into the comics
field when he teamed up with Mort Walker
on his then-new creation,
Hi & Lois, in 1954. In 1973, he launched his own strip, Hägar
the Horrible for King
Features Syndicate, which skyrocketed in popularity in a few short years
and is now one of the top features in the business. Dik won the Reuben Award
from the National Cartoonists Society as the best cartoonist of the year in
1962 and again in 1973, the only comic strip artist ever honored for his
work on two different features. Hagar has been continued by Dik's son,
Chris, while his other son, Chance, draws
Hi & Lois, which is written by Mort Walker's
sons, Brian and Greg.
Dik drew the first logo of the famous banana Chiquita
was born in South Orange, N.J., in 1952 and grew up in suburban Wilton, Conn.
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 from its inception in 1972.
father, Chris co-authored Hagar the Horrible's Very Nearly Complete
Viking Handbook in 1985. When Dik Browne retired in 1988, Chris
continued to write and draw the strip.
In addition to
Hagar, Chris Browne has contributed cartoons to National Lampoon, Playboy,
Esquire, Heavy Metal and The New Yorker. He was a contributing editor to The
Funny Papers and Sarasota Magazine.
Chance Browne draws .
now lives in Sarasota, Fla., with his wife and partner Carroll Browne. They
have two little black Scotty dogs, one Chihuahua and four cats. Their
daughter, Ashley Smith, is an account executive for a public relations firm
in New York City.
His official biography
From 2000, Chris and Carroll wrote the semi-autobiographical comic strip
Cartooning and Painting Blog
information on Wikipedia