Dennis the Menace print syndication newspaper comic strip originally created, written, and illustrated by Hank Ketcham. It debuted on March 12, , in 16 newspapers and was originally distributed by Publishers-Hall Syndicate It is now written and drawn by Ketcham's former assistants, Marcus Hamilton weekdays, since , Ron Ferdinand Sundays, since , and son Scott Ketcham since , and distributed to at least 1, newspapers in 48 countries and in 19 languages by King Feautres Syndicate, Inc. The comic strip usually runs for a panel on weekdays and a full strip on Sundays. The comic strip became so successful that it was adapted to other popular media, including several television shows, both live-action and animated, and several feature films, including theatrical and [[direct-to-video]] releases.
Dennis the Menace , American comic strip character, a five-and-a-half-year-old boy whose curiosity continually gets him in trouble. Dennis Mitchell, nicknamed Dennis the Menace, has messy blond hair with a characteristic cowlick in the back. He was initially depicted as a defiant child who deliberately sought out mischief, but over the years his personality softened considerably. He does not mean any real harm, yet he cannot help creating a racket or a mess at home, making a scene in public, and driving his parents, Alice and Henry Mitchell, to distraction. Cartoonist Hank Ketcham — created Dennis the Menace as a daily comic panel in ; by the end of the decade, it was syndicated in more than 1, newspapers. A live-action situation comedy starring Jay North as Dennis ran on television from to , followed over the years by a number of animated specials and series and a live-action movie featuring Walter Matthau and Joan Plowright as the Wilsons. Print Cite verified Cite.