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|Dennis the Menace|
|Author(s)|| Hank Ketcham |
|Current status/schedule||Still running|
|Launch date||March 12, 1951–present|
|Syndicate(s)||King Features Syndicate|
Dennis the Menace is a daily syndicated newspaper comic strip originally created, written, and illustrated by Hank Ketcham. The comic strip made its debut on March 12, 1951,  in 16 newspapers and was originally distributed by Post-Hall Syndicate.  It is now written and drawn by Ketcham's former assistants, Marcus Hamilton (weekdays, since 1995), Ron Ferdinand (Sundays, since 1981), and son Scott Ketcham (since 2010), and distributed to at least 1,000 newspapers in 48 countries and in 19 languages by King Features Syndicate.  The comic strip usually runs for a single panel on weekdays and a full strip on Sundays.
It became so successful that it was adapted to other popular media, including a 1986 series, several television shows, both live-action and animated, and several feature films, including theatrical and direct-to-video releases.
Coincidentally, a UK comic strip of the same name debuted on the same day.  The two are not related and change their names subtly in each other's respective home bases to avoid confusion.
Dennis the Menace takes place in a middle-class suburban neighborhood in Wichita, Kansas.  In the comics, the Mitchell family lives in a two-story house at the fictional address of 2251 Pine Street.  The Wilson family lives next door at 2253 Pine Street.  The television series differs, putting the Wilsons at the also-fictional 627 Elm Street. 
The inspiration for the comic strip came from Dennis Ketcham, the real-life son of Hank Ketcham,  who, at four years old, refused to take a nap and made a complete mess of his room. Hank tried many possible names for the character, and translated them into rough pencil sketches, but when his studio door flew open, and his then-wife Alice, in utter exasperation, exclaimed, "Your son is a menace!,"  the "Dennis the Menace" name stuck. The character of Henry Mitchell bore a striking resemblance to Ketcham, while the Mitchell family of Dennis, Henry/Hank, and Alice were all named after the Ketcham's.
Ketcham's line work has been highly praised over the years. A review on comicbookbin.com states: "...a growing legion of cartoonists, scholars, aficionados, etc. have come to appreciate the artistry of Dennis's creator, Hank Ketcham. Ketcham's beautiful artwork defines cartooning elegance. The design, the composition, and the line: it's all too, too beautiful."  AV Club reviewer Noel Murray wrote: "Ketcham also experimented with his line a little early on, tightening and thickening without losing the looseness and spontaneity that remains the strip's best aspect even now." 
In 2005, Dennis appeared as a guest for Blondie and Dagwood's 75th anniversary party in the comic strip Blondie . 
Ketcham received the Reuben Award for the strip in 1953.  He also was made honorary mayor of Wichita. He was quoted as saying, "I set the whole thing in Wichita, Kansas, and as a result I got made an honorary mayor of Wichita." 
Hank Ketcham retired from the comic strip in 1994,  turning over production of the strip to his assistants Ron Ferdinand and Marcus Hamilton. They continued their run after Ketcham's death in 2001, alongside Scott Ketcham since 2010. 
Dennis the Menace appeared in A&W Restaurants advertising in the 1960s, then Dairy Queen marketing from 1971 until 2001, when he was dropped because Dairy Queen felt children could no longer relate to him. Dennis also appeared in the Sears Roebuck Wish Book Christmas catalog in the 1970s.
Dennis the Menace has been published in comic books and comic digests from the 1950s through the 1980s by a variety of publishers, including Standard/Pines (1953–58), Fawcett Comics (1958–80, during their only return to comics after settling the Captain Marvel lawsuit and selling much of their comics division to Charlton Comics), and Marvel Comics (1981–82). These included both newspaper strip reprints and original Dennis the Menace comic book stories, produced by others besides Ketcham. Al Wiseman, one of Ketcham's assistants in the 1950s and '60s, worked on many of them. Ron Ferdinand, Ketcham's Sunday page artist, drew several of the Dennis stories in the Marvel books, including the cover for issue No. 11.
The main comic book series (simply named Dennis the Menace) ran in tandem with the "Giant" series. The Dennis the Menace Giant Vacation Special  and Dennis the Menace Christmas Issue  were published by Standard in 1955. Those issues inaugurated the Giants series, which was published by Pines for issues 2–6,  and continued by Hilden/Fawcett for issues 6–75.  The Giant series was later renamed the Dennis the Menace Bonus Magazine Series, which started with issue No. 76 in 1970.  CBS and Hilden later retitled the series as The Dennis the Menace Big Bonus Series, which ran through issue #194 in October 1979.
By October 1979, Fawcett began publishing a separate series of 36 issues titled Dennis the Menace and Mr. Wilson. By the second issue, the series was rechristened Dennis the Menace and His Friends which now involved Dennis, Mr. Wilson, friends Joey and Margaret, and dog Ruff. Because of this, the Mr. Wilson stories were alternated with the three characters as Ruff, Joey, and Margaret who each shared a No. 1 issue with Dennis.
Three other series of Dennis the Menace comic books also were published, beginning in 1961. First was Dennis the Menace and His Dog, Ruff.Dennis the Menace and His Pal, Joey was published in summer 1961, and Dennis the Menace and Margaret was published in the winter of 1969.
In 1972, as part of a bonus magazine series, Fawcett published a "Short Stuff Special" where Dennis visited Children's Fairyland in Oakland, California.
In 1977, Word Books, Inc. (now HarperCollins) commissioned Hank Ketcham Enterprises, Inc. to produce a series of 10 comic books under the title Dennis and the Bible Kids, with the usual cast of characters reading (and sometimes partly acting out) the stories of Joseph, Moses, David, Esther, Jesus, and other Biblical characters. These were sold through Christian bookstores and related outlets. Each issue contained several inspirational renderings by Hank Ketcham himself.
The Dennis the Menace Fun Fest and the Dennis the Menace Big Bonus series were revived for a short-issue run in 1980:
After these revival series, the Hilden and CBS comics run came to an end in 1980. Ketcham had half of the comic book rights purchased by Stan Lee and Marvel Comics, so they were able to produce a new series of Dennis the Menace comic books. The new Marvel series ran from December 1981 to November 1982. The smaller Dennis the Menace comic digests were published continually by Fawcett and Hilden between 1969 and 1980, and they were briefly resurrected in reprints by Marvel in 1982 for a run of three issues.
|Dennis the Menace (#1–14) ||1953||Standard|
|Dennis the Menace (#15–31) ||1956||Pines|
|Dennis the Menace (#32–166) ||1959||Hallden/Fawcett/CBS|
|Dennis the Menace (#1–13) ||1981||Marvel|
|The Best of Dennis the Menace (#1–5) ||1959||Hallden|
|Dennis the Menace Pocket Full of Fun digest (#1–50) ||1969||Fawcett|
|Dennis The Menace and the Bible Kids (#1–10) ||1977||Word Books|
Dennis the Menace has also been published in mass market paperback collections, made up of newspaper strip reprints:
In 1990, Abbeville Press published Hank Ketcham's fully illustrated autobiography: The Merchant of Dennis ( ISBN 9780896599437, hardcover). The book was reprinted by Fantagraphics in 2005 ( ISBN 1560977140, trade paperback). Abbeville also published a softcover retrospective of the strip in 1991, Dennis the Menace: His First 40 Years. 
In 2005, comics publisher Fantagraphics began to reprint Ketcham's entire run on Dennis the Menace (excluding Sunday strips) in a projected 25-volume series over 11 years. No new volumes have been issued since 2009 and it is unknown when and if the series will resume.  They are published in hardcover editions as well as paperback.
Dennis the Menace has been the subject of a number of adaptations. The first one produced is a CBS sitcom that aired from 1959 to 1963 starring Jay North as Dennis,  Herbert Anderson as Henry Mitchell; Joseph Kearns  as George Wilson, and subsequently Gale Gordon as his brother, John Wilson. North also appeared as Dennis on an episode of The Donna Reed Show  and in the theatrical film Pepe (both 1960). On September 11, 1987, a Dennis the Menace live-action television film was broadcast; it was later released on video under the title Dennis the Menace: Dinosaur Hunter.   Another live-action Dennis the Menace film, starring Walter Matthau as Mr. Wilson and Mason Gamble as Dennis, was released to theaters in 1993. It was originally titled The Real Dennis the Menace before the final name was approved. This was followed with the direct-to-video Dennis the Menace Strikes Again in 1998, starring Don Rickles as Mr. Wilson. The most recent film adaptation, A Dennis the Menace Christmas was released to DVD on November 6, 2007. The Warner Bros. production starred Robert Wagner as Mr. Wilson, Louise Fletcher as Mrs. Wilson, and Maxwell Perry Cotton, then a six-year-old actor, as Dennis.
Dennis the Menace was adapted into an animated special, Dennis the Menace in Mayday for Mother which aired in 1981 and was produced by DePatie–Freeling Enterprises and Mirisch Films.  A daily animated syndicated series was produced by DIC Entertainment in 1986 with Brennan Thicke as the voice of Dennis, also featuring Phil Hartman who voiced George Wilson and Henry Mitchell.  DIC also produced the All-New Dennis the Menace for CBS Saturday Mornings in 1993 with Adam Wylie voicing Dennis.  An animated movie, Dennis the Menace in Cruise Control, premiered as part of Nickelodeon's Sunday Movie Toons block in 2002 and later released to DVD. 
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| Dennis the Menace |
| Dennis the Menace|
|Dennis the Menace:|
|A Dennis the Menace|
|Director||Doug Rogers||Nick Castle||Charles T. Kanganis||Pat Ventura||Ron Oliver|
|Producer||Philip D. Fehrle||John Hughes and |
|Jeffrey Silver and |
Andy Heyward and
|Steven J. Wolfe|
|Writers|| Bruce Kalish & |
and K.C. Dee
|John Hughes|| Tim McCanlies (screenplay);|
Tim McCanlies and
Jeff Schechter (story)
|Steve Granat and |
|Editor||Edward Salier||Alan Heim||Jeffrey Reiner||N/A||Zack Arnold|
|Composer||Randy Edelman||Jerry Goldsmith||Graeme Revell||Matt McGuire||Peter Allen|
|Cinematography||Arledge Armenaki||Thomas E. Ackerman||Christopher Faloona||N/A||C. Kim Miles|
|Production company|| DIC Enterprises |
| Hughes Entertainment |
Warner Bros. Family
| Outlaw Productions |
Warner Bros. Family
|DIC Entertainment Corporation||DTM3 Productions|
Sneak Preview Entertainment
|Distribution||Sony Pictures Television||Warner Bros.|| Nickelodeon |
MGM Home Entertainment
|Warner Home Video|
|Released||11 September 1987||25 June 1993||14 July 1998||27 October 2002||13 November 2007|
|Duration||118 minutes||94 minutes||75 minutes||72 minutes||83 minutes|
Television shows and specials
In 1952, Hank Ketcham spearheaded the construction of the Dennis the Menace Playground, designed by Arch Garner.  It opened in Monterey, California on November 17, 1956.  The playground featured a bronze statue of Dennis sculpted by Wah Chang. On the night of October 25, 2006, the 125 lb statue, which was estimated to be worth $30,000, was stolen from the playground.  In April 2007, it was replaced by a reproduction of another Dennis statue Chang made for the Ketchams. It was donated by Willis W. and Ethel M. Clark Foundation. In 2015 the missing statue was found in a scrap yard in Florida, returned to Monterey,  and installed in front of the city recreation office. 
The comic strip has been translated into many foreign languages, which has helped make the strip's characters famous worldwide.
|List of foreign language titles|
|Arabic: 'ّماهر الصغير' (Little Maher)|
|Brazilian Portuguese: Dennis, o Pimentinha|
|Catalan: Daniel el trapella|
|Croatian: Vragolasti Denis|
|Danish: Jern-Henrik (means Iron-Henrik)|
|Dutch: Dennis de Bengel|
|Estonian: Nuhtlus Nimega Dennis|
|Finnish: Ville Vallaton|
|French: Denis la malice|
|French Canadian: Denis la petite peste|
|German: Dennis der Lausejunge (also known as Dennis die Nervensäge)|
|Greek: Ντένις ο Τρομερός (Dénis o Tromeros)|
|Hebrew: דני שובבני (Danny Shovevani)|
|Hungarian: Dennisz, a komisz|
|Icelandic: Denni Dæmalausi|
|Italian: Dennis la Minaccia|
|Japanese: わんぱくデニス (Wanpaku Dennis)|
|Korean: 개구쟁이 데니스|
|Persian: دنیس دردسر|
|Polish: Dennis Rozrabiaka|
|Portuguese: Dennis o Pimentinha|
|Romanian: Denis pericol public|
|Serbian: Denis Napast|
|Sinhalese (Sri Lanka): Dangaya (දඟයා)|
|Spanish: Daniel el Travieso|
|Slovenian: Dennis pokora|
|Swedish: Dennis (also called Lill-Knas, Bosse Bus or Kristian Tyrann in some publications in the 50s).|
|Turkish: Afacan Denis|
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