Wednesday, 26 September 2012


As a special treat, I thought I'd bestow upon all my rabid readers
a few pages from the third DENNIS THE MENACE book for 1960
(issued at the end of '59). I'm fortunate enough to own every Dennis
book ever printed (one of each, obviously - not the entire print run of
every book) and they're well-worth having. Published in an era before
political correctness had been invented, the early books were the
epitome of riotous, rebellious, rip-roaring FUN! 
The Dennis books didn't become actual 'annuals' until 1984
(for '85), which was the first to be released a year before the next
one. Before then, they had been published every two years until 1977
(for '78), whereupon it was 'rested' for a few years before resurfacing in
1982 (for '83). The final edition was the Dennis & Gnasher Annual for
2011, issued at the end of 2010, but by then, Dennis was a pale imitation
of his former self. Will the Dennis books ever return? Who knows, but
in the meantime, enjoy the following classic capers from the heyday
of the world's wildest boy.

All art in this post by Davey Law


baab said...

That Davey Law can draw!

This is something I lack in my drawings-a definitive style.

I read some of these annuals when I was about ten or eleven or twelve (that voracious appetite for anything and everything comic related.)A friend of mine who lived across the road had older brothers and sisters who must have received them as christmas or birthday gifts.and I really liked the artwork then.
Big difference in the character.

Kid said...

Davey Law's art is a classic example of an anarchic style that didn't sacrifice traditional storytelling sensibilities in the process. So unlike some recent Dandy artists, sad to say.

TwoHeadedBoy said...

I love these early Dennis things! The earliest ones I have are from 1958 and 1962, big laughs on every page - mostly down to Mr. Law's "ways", definitely.

Could it be argued that the introduction of Gnasher was the beginning of the end for Dennis?

Kid said...

I've always thought that Gnasher should've been used far more sparingly than he was over the years, so there's a lot of truth in what you suggest.