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Comic Strip: Dennis The Menace (US)
Dennis and his dog, Ruff.

Dennis the Menace is a long-running newspaper comic created by Hank Ketcham that first appeared in March 1951. It features the adventures of mischievous blond boy Dennis Mitchell, often at the expense of his parents or of his neighbor, Mr. Wilson.

It has inspired a live-action series, an animated Saturday Morning Series, and a few a live-action films.

Dennis was also the mascot of Dairy Queen from 1971 to 2001. DQ dropped him because they felt children didn't relate to him anymore.

Dennis had his own comic book series for a time. In them, Dennis was depicted as just a normal small boy, realistically thoughtless and reckless for his age. His status as a "menace" was entirely due to the unforeseen consequences of his adventures and Dennis was usually responsible and mature enough to own up when he realised he'd done something wrong.

In the comic books, Dennis was occasionally the victim of his own menacing, such as the time his father accidentally gives him $10 instead of $1 (in the 1960's when money was worth a lot more) to buy food at a food fair and Dennis spends it all. Two words: Stomach Ache!

In Britain, the Cartoon and Film based on the Comic Book is simply called Dennis! due to the character mentioned below.

Not to be confused with the British comic book character also called Dennis the Menace, which is a completely different and unrelated strip which also coincidentally debuted in March of 1951.


The comic strip provides examples of:


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alternative title(s): Dennis The Menace US
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