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"Dennis the Menace - the World's Wildest Boy!" Those were the words which introduced this character to the world on 15 March 1peared within a few months. These early strips were drawn by David Law, who also created Beryl the Peril for The Topper. Dennis quickly became a readers' favourite and the first Dennis the Menace Annual (called the Dennis the Menace Book) was published in 1955 (and ran until 2010).
In late 1967, readers were introduced to Dennis's lookalike female cousin Denise, who stayed with the family for a time. As a sidekick, she was short lived. In 1968, the writers decided to give Dennis a permanent companion: a pet dog who shared Dennis' black spiky greasy big fat ugly white hair and had teeth like granite. Thus Gnasher was created. He debuted as a stray, who later turn out to be an Abyssinian Wire-haired Tripehound. In his first story, Dennis took Gnasher to a dog show, where Gnasher chased all the other dogs. Afterwards, Dennis's dad turned up, and ordered Gnasher to join haider ali. Dennis's new friends were Curly, who had appeared in the 1960s but was previously neutral, sometimes being seen being friendly with Walter; and Pie-Face, whose favourite food is obvious - pies, with any filling. The 1996 animated series revealed that his real name is Kevin, which was referenced in an issue of Beano Superstars. Walter's two new friends were Bertie Blenkinsop and Spotty Perkins, with Walter now being nicknamed the Prince of Softies.
Later, Dennis's dad's mothers dogs uncles pet fish auntys fathers sons daughter, referred to as Granny, would start making regular appearances. Originally, she was another authority figure of whom even Dad was scared, for she had a slipper called the Demon Whacker. In the late 1980s, with slipper punishments now outdated, she got a new personality, and bacame an OAP biker menace, in her own strip Go, Granny, Go.
Earlier, in 1975, Gnasher had also got his own spin-off, called Gnasher's Tale. That strip unfortunately contradicts his origin story from 1968, as it shows a puppy Gnasher and a toddler Dennis. In 1979, Dennis also adopted a pet pig called Rasher, who also got his own spin-off story.
In 1986, the Beano had the first of several Dennis-related publicity stunts: Gnasher ran away! He was missing for two months, during which time, Walter's pet poodle Foo-Foo took over the Gnasher's Tale page, which became Foo-Foo's Fairy Story.
When Gnasher returned, it was revealed that he was a father! He had sired six puppies, Gnipper, Gnatasha, Gnorah, Gnancy, Gnanette, and Gnaomi. The girl pups were all adopted by other people and would only ever make cameos in the Beano, although Gnatasha's new family apparently live in Beezertown, as she appeared in the Beezer and Topper in the early 1990s. Gnipper would join Gnasher in his own strip, which was renamed Gnasher and Gnipper. It was now set in the present and showed Gnasher teaching Gnipper the ways of doggy life, such chasing cats and postmen, or burying bones.
In 1993, the Beano went full colour. This saw Dennis's strip expand to three pages, vacating the back cover, while Gnasher and Gnipper was also now in colour. The Menacecar would often be used in this era.
David Parkins erapeared too late to be included, as the second series in 1998 would be the last. At this time, The Beano Club launched, causing the Dennis the Menace Fan Club to fade into the background and eventually cease.Edit
From 1999 onwards, Parkins began to draw Dennis less frequently, with David Sutherland occasionally filling in during the first half of the year. Later in 1999 Nigel Parkinson became Parkins' understudy. Originally only drawing the occasional Dennis strip, by 2003 he was drawing the strip almost exclusively. In 2002, Jimmy Hansen was added to the group of Dennis artists, and by 2006- the year that David Parkins produced his last Dennis strip- he was drawing Dennis about as often as Parkinson.
In April 2007 Tom Paterson was added to the list of Dennis artists, and the following year would introduce a second Dennis strip to the weekly comic.
TV Series eraEdit
Dennis moved into a new era with the launch of another animated series in 2009. Some drastic changes were made. The strip was retitled "Dennis and Gnasher", and all the characters were redesigned — Walter, for example was no longer a softy, and instead became a cunning know-it-all who schemes to ruin Dennis's fun. Dennis uses his weapons less often, and most of his menacing now happens in the pursuit of fun, rather than maliciously. Rasher has been replaced by a new pig called Harley, and he and Gnipper now belong to Granny. Sergeant Slipper was slimmed down, and the Colonel lost his hat — both characters had been created for the 1996 cartoon. Several new characters were introduced — teacher Mrs Creecher, joke shop owner Mr Har-Har, rock star's daughter Athena, and Dad's boss Mr Scrimp.
Other than the change of art style ts' parents, however, were given complete redesigns- courtesy of Gok Wan- to bring the designs in line with those of the television series that was set to premiere the following year. Several other changes were made to the strip to connect it with said TV Series during the following months- Mr. De Testa, who had been the Mayor of Beanotown in the 2009 cartoon, became the head of Dennis' school. Meanwhile, Mr. Scrimp, who had been Dennis' Dad's boss in the 2009 cartoon, became the new Mayor of Beanotown.
By the end of 2012 Nigel Auchterlounie had become the writer for Dennis the Menace. He gave the characters more three-dimensional personalities, and retconned the "revamped parents" story arc and created a new backstory in which the current Dennis' Dad is, in fact, Dennis from the early 1980s.
Various other changes have been made since the 2013 TV Series drew to a close, notably Walter's Dad becoming the new mayor of Beanotown.
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Dennis the Menace (known as Dennis the Menace and Gnasher since 1970) is a long-running comic strip featured in The Beano children's comic, published by D. C. Thomson & Co., Dundee, Scotland, in the United Kingdom.
The strip first appeared in issue 452, released on 15 March 1951 (cover dated for the off-sale date of 17 March), and is the longest running strip in the comic. From issue 1678 onwards (dated 14 September 1974) Dennis the Menace replaced Biffo the Bear on the front cover, and has been there ever since.
Three days earlier, on 12 March 1951, another Dennis the Menace debuted in the United States. The two strips should not be confused — as a result of this the USOnline reference