No. 144 – Dennis Mennis

The Beano No. 1694 (1975) image ©DC Thomson

Dennis Mennis (aka Big Den) drawn by Carlos Ezquerra (1947–2018) for prog 797’s Judge Dredd story Judgement Day v Dennis the Menace drawn by David Sutherland* for The Beano comic [not necessarily this particular image]

Dennis the Menace (accompanied by and his Abyssinian wire-haired tripe hound, Gnasher) is the longest running strip** in Scotland’s longest-running children’s comic (first published 30 July 1938).

The name of the character comes from an old British music hall song with the chorus:
I’m Dennis the Menace from Venice.

*David Sutherland drew the strip from 1970–1998, although the strip was originally developed by David “Davey” Law (1908–1971)
**First appearing in issue 452, dated 17 March 1951, but actually on sale 12 March 1951 – coincidentally, the exact same date Hank Ketcham’s (1920–2001) Dennis the Menace debuted in the US


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