Dennis the Menace is the brainchild of Hank Ketcham. Appearing in more than 1,000 newspapers, the humor is based on the interaction of five-ana-half-year-old Dennis Mitchell with his parents, neighbors and various friends. Dennis is a combination of good intentions, misdirected helpfulness and exuberant energy, which never fails to provide an entertaining mixture of merriment.
Dennis’ world is inhabited by an assortment of personalities to whom we can all relate: From the grumpy, but lovable, neighbor to the prim and proper girl next door; from the harried, but loving mother to the impressionable and adoring little buddy. They all combine to make Dennis’ (and our) day a little more entertaining. Created by master cartoonist Hank Ketcham and perpetuated by Marcus Hamilton and Ron Ferdinand, Dennis the Menacecontinues to occupy a place in the pantheon of national, and international, icons.
Awards and Distinctions:
In July 2010, the United States Postal Service unveiled a Dennis postage stamp in homage to his popularity.
Fantagraphics Press is releasing the complete run of Hank Ketchams daily panels in beautiful little volumes, each containing two years worth of Hanks sublime artistry.
SHOUT! Factory is releasing all 146 episodes of the classic “Dennis The Menace” TV series starring Jay North.
With the passing of acclaimed film director, John Hughes, in 2009, the 1993 “Dennis The Menace” film he scripted has acquired a place in his legendary roster of hit films.