Who heck is Jean Erica?
Jenn Erica is Ink Pen’s “generic” female character, who shows up now and then as needed. She has been known to gripe about the lack of good jobs coming her way.
Did you know that the ‘chick from Hi & Lois’ is actually Beetle Bailey’s sister? True fact.
The family resemblence between Lois and Beetle is most evident through Lois’s son Chip.
Did you know Jenn Erica’s first job in comics was as Lois’s stunt-double? Untrue fact.
It was during the controversial “Hi & Lolita” storyline from the late 1960’s where Hi becomes obsessed with Chip’s teenage girlfriend (an unknown and uncredited Barbara Boopstein). Lois finds out about it, but on her way to mail the divorce papers she gets hit by a car, and spends 6 months in the hospital in heavy traction.
Jenn not only filled in for Lois on the actual accident, she played the part (through heavy bandaging) during the entire hospital stay.
This continuity, which was removed from virtually every paper in which the strip ran, served the dual purpose of giving the strip a much-needed “edge”, and providing cover for real Lois’s scandalous pregnancy (paternity never disclosed, but it was not Hi’s baby; given the distinctive melon-shaped head of the child, the gossip has consistently centered around “Bil K”, whose own marriage was under strain at the time).
The experiment was widely considered a failure, however, and those strips have never been reprinted or collected.
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“Sunuvagun, it’s true; Chip looks just like his uncle Beetle. I’ve never noticed before. He’s a bit more energetic, though.”
Chip’s also blond, but when Lois was first introduced in “Beetle Bailey”, she was a brunette…