44¢ Dennis the Menace
Issue Date: July 16, 2010
City: Columbus, OH
Enthusiastic curiosity combined with endless energy make “five-an’-a-half-year-old” Dennis Mitchell the most lovable “menace” ever. Cartoonist Hank Ketcham created the mischievous, blond-haired kid with a cowlick in 1951.
Dennis explores his small world with his trusty slingshot and Ruff the dog. Dennis’ antics keep his doting parents, Henry and Alice, on their toes and always ready for damage control. The Mitchell’s retired neighbor, George Wilson, is less tolerant of Dennis – which is unfortunate for Dennis, as he considers “Good ol’ Mr. Wilson” his best friend. Mr. Wilson’s efforts to keep Dennis away are hampered by Mrs. Wilson, who adores Dennis and indulges him with cookies and milk. Despite Dennis’ constant disruptions, George sometimes shows a gruff fondness for the boy.
Dennis is frequently seen with other children, including his young sidekick, Joey. Two girls mystify Dennis for completely different reasons. Snooty Margaret constantly tries to improve his manners, since she’s decided she’s going to marry him when they grow up. Tomboy Gina is the opposite. Dennis is fond of her because she likes spiders and snakes just as much as he does. With his friends at his side, Dennis is sure to find fun and adventure – and mischief!