The Complete Dennis The Menace Volume 1: 1951-1952
Dennis The Menace began on March 14, 1951 (4 months after Ketcham's friend Charles M. Schulz started his own historic strip) - and he went on to become the second most popular cartoon kid in the world - after Charlie Brown, of course.
Dennis The Menace first appeared in 16 American newspapers; by the end of 1951, he was appearing in over a hundred. The strip's success in only the first 10 months of syndication was a harbinger of greater success to come - as Ketcham himself puts it, 'The sales chart was not an upward curve but more the flight of an arrow.' The timing was perfect: the post-war generation, at the height of the baby boom, embraced the perennial troublemaker and turned Dennis into a global publishing, merchandising, and multi-media phenomenon, with over 50 million book collections sold, the fondly remembered live-action TV show from 1959-63, a cartoon from 1986-89, theatrical productions, several cartoon specials, two major motion pictures in the '90s, and a full-length animated film in 2002. The strip currently is enjoyed by readers of over 1,000 newspapers every day.
Ketcham drew Dennis The Menace from 1951 - 1994, when he retired and let his assistant take over the strip. This first volume of Hank Ketcham's Complete Dennis The Menace publishes every single panel strip from 1951 and 1952 in one handsome and thick hardcover volume resembling a Big Little Book on steroids.
5.25 x 6
June 11, 2008
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