His misbehaviour stems from what The Beano explains as an attempt to add excitement to an otherwise dull day. The front cover depicted Dennis offering to show readers the first issue of the comic. July 2013: A second season to the 2009 series renamed Dennis the Menace and Gnasher and the Dennis the Menace and Gnasher Megazine have both been released to coincide with the 75th anniversary of The Beano. He went on to explain that 'if Dennis was bullying them, then there was a punishment. Rasher is a pig, first seen in issue 1920, dated 5 May 1979. , Nigel Parkinson, Jimmy Hansen and Tom Paterson (2004–2009), Nigel Parkinson & Nigel Auchterlounie (2012–present), Oscar Pistorius to follow in Jessica Ennis's footsteps by appearing on front cover of the, "downthetubes-tumblr — Did you see The Beano on last week's Mock the...", "Beano reveals Dennis the Menace's father is actually 1980s' Dennis", "Introducing Dennis & Gnasher: Unleashed. He also appears in both Bea and Gnasher and Gnipper. 2002: Buster By this time, Nigel Parkinson was drawing Dennis as often as David Parkins, and effectively became main artist the following year. His trademark pet, Gnasher, was not introduced until 1968, marking comic history. He was initially depicted as a defiant child who Walter also changed in the strip as Dennis was given more reason to belittle and menace him. Dennis was returned to his previous appearance and personality – Nigel Auchterlounie began writing for Dennis a month after and made Dennis (and the other characters) have wider personalities. The comic stars a boy named Dennis the Menace and his Abyssinian wire-haired tripe hound Gnasher. In an episode of the animated TV series entitled 'Skull and Crossbones', his first name was revealed to be Godfrey. Mid-1953: Dennis got expanded to a full page, while earlier strips were only half a page long. Stanley Livingstone an explorer with a pet crocodile, Carruthers, who lived next door to Dennis. He has, however, been shown to have a fairly stable friendship with Minnie the Minx and Roger the Dodger, enough so that the three have been seen to work together often. 2011: Barrie Appleby took over as regular Dennis artist. 2007: Tom Paterson started drawing Dennis occasionally. Guitarist Mike Campbell wears a shirt depicting Dennis and Gnasher in the music video for Tom Petty's song "I Won't Back Down". In 2000, Dennis became a major mascot for Beanoland at the Chessington World of Adventures theme park. Dennis’s nemesis is the slightly older and gratingly superior Margaret Wade, and he harbours a secret crush on the tomboyish Gina Gillotti. The Beano turned 40 in 1978. On 31 August, a strip depicted Dennis being informed by his father that many pets look like their owners. Losing his temper, he takes the lead off the dog and puts it on Dennis, thus ending the menace's hijinks. His father had become a pot-bellied man with black, spiky hair and similar colour-schemed clothes to him, and his mother had red, shaggy hair. Dennis the Menace, American comic strip character, a five-and-a-half-year-old boy whose curiosity continually gets him in trouble.  John McShane, a comic historian further praised the strip calling Dennis 'an original looking character. This was a single page strip which featured Dennis in a short story, and was usually illustrated by Nigel Parkinson. Peter Shepherd, nicknamed Pie-Face, is one of Dennis the Menace's best friends who lives in Beanotown (along with Curly). Dennis's younger years in Beanotown Preschool were chronicled in a strip called The BamBeanos. Unforgettable. Walter got revamped when drawn by Jimmy Hansen, and he now bears the appearance of an Elvis impersonator with much bigger glasses. Gnasher also returned to normal. The idea and name of the character emerged when the comic's editor heard a British music hall song with the chorus "I'm Dennis the Menace from Venice". Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. The main recurring storyline throughout the years features his campaign of terror against a gang of "softies" (effeminate, well-behaved boys), particularly Walter. In his place are two girls, Rubidium von Screwtop (from The Beano's ‘Rubi’s Screwtop Science’ strip) and Jemima Jones (from the comic's ‘JJ’s Jokes’ strip). Another picture of Dennis (author unknown). Our sympathies were never with him because he didn't stand up to Dennis.  The drawing consisted of Dennis's trademark messy hair cut, knobbly knees, and menacing scowl. He was also given more rivals as Athena and Sugar were both introduced to the strip. Let us know if you have suggestions to improve this article (requires login). Despite Dennis's previous resentment towards most girls in earlier years, he accepts them as his friends. Gnasher returned the following week and became a comic favourite, as well as the menace's best friend. Gnasher also has several daughters: Gnatasha, Gnaomi, Gnanette, Gnorah and Gnancy, although these are rarely seen. Most notably, he seems to have a particular dislike for Danny, the leader. Ketcham received the National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year in 1952. Gnasher, his faithful companion, had gone missing. In 1986, one of Dennis's first story arcs appeared. Pieface currently has his own strip in The Beano as well as his 'pet' Paul the Potato.