Sunday, 13 November 2016

DENNIS THE MENACE COVER GALLERY OMNIBUS...


Images copyright D.C. THOMSON & Co., Ltd

I've shown these DENNIS The MENACE Book covers in
six separate parts some time ago, but thought it might prove more
convenient to include them all in one single post and thus enable you
to forego having to trawl through the blog in search of them.  So here
they are!  Where there's only one image for a book, it's because the
back cover was the same as the front and therefore redundant.  In a
few instances, some covers would not display side-by-side, so, as
with the single covers, I've enlarged them in order to maintain
an even layout.  (Presentation is paramount!)

You now have all 39 Dennis book covers ever published
over a period of 55 years - all scanned from my own personal
collection.   How many did you have as a kid?

(Click on image to enlarge, click again for optimum size.)
  








































14 comments:

Colin Jones said...

I had the 1978 one - I recognized the cover straight away. So I would have got it in late '77 (I think I bought it myself rather than getting it as a present). My weekly comics were exclusively Marvel but as far as annuals were concerned I got all kinds and I had the 1978 Beano and Topper annuals too. Christmas '77 was my first Christmas in secondary school and those were possibly my final D.C. Thompson annuals - if not that year then definitely the next. But in 2008 I bought the 2009 Beano annual just out of curiosity to see what it was like nowadays. It was OK :)

Kid said...

Some of those early Dennis books were really funny, CJ. Less so towards the end of their run. I just can't stand that 'cutesy' Dennis.

John Pitt said...

Phew! - I think this is your longest-ever post!?

Kid said...

Certainly is, picture-wise, JP.

Phil S said...

I had the 72 and 73 annuals! Wish I hadn't got rid of them now.

Kid said...

Couldn't have had the '73 'Annual', PS, 'cos there wasn't one. (You mean '74 no doubt.) The '72 book was the very first to have Gnasher on the cover. Should you ever get the chance to acquire some of the early books, grab 'em - they're very funny.

Warren JB said...

I don't know what date it was, but the earliest (published) book I had was the striped cover, with the 'ta-ta!' hankie on the back. Not first hand! It was my uncle's, found in an old box of books when my dad was rummaging around in my granda's old garage. I took it home and re-read it a lot, admiring the art and the stories and how the two were deftly put together. It was like the then-current Dennis the Menace of my era (80s and early 90's - the last time Dennis had teeth!) but... more so.

It's been years since I saw it. I can't remember what happened to it - I think it finally fell apart from use. Pity.

I don't remember if I had any other Dennis annuals, although some of these covers look familiar. I did get some Beano and Dandy annuals, though.

Kid said...

That's the '64 Annual you had, WJB, issued near the end of '63. You could probably track down a replacement for it on eBay if you were prepared to fork out a few quid. I was really lucky to get the first two Books for £20 or £30 back in the early or mid-'90s.

Phil S said...

Well if you're going to be picky....wait a minute I feel an American election comment coming on.... I don't believe you. I make my own reality and live in it. The 73 annual was huge!

Kid said...

And the 1952 Annual was even, er - huger!

Colin Jones said...

I mentioned earlier that I had the 1978 book and the cover has just reminded me of something that used to happen in the dinner hall of my comprehensive school - whenever somebody dropped a plate and it smashed on the floor a huge cheer would erupt. It happened every time.

Kid said...

Every time I hear a plate or dish smash, I shout "Sack that juggler!"

TwoHeadedBoy said...

The 1993 book was the first one I got - and to my 7-year-old mind's eyes, I read the cover (Dennis holding his sides with laughter) to mean that the entirety of the Beano took place INSIDE Dennis, hence his laughter. Child logic, eh?

Got a load more since then, love those 1950s and 1960s ones! Some of the later ones there I'm seeing for the first time, those last two are horrendous, sadly...

On a happier note, the last two Bash Street Kids annuals were fantastic!

Kid said...

Apologies for the delay in responding,THB. My computer is in for repair and I'm using a friend's, which I'm still trying to get the hang of. It's dispiriting to see just how much the Dennis books deteriorated towards the end - it's just not Dennis. And I also think it would be better if Gnasher wasn't in every strip, as he rather limits the writers' imaginations.

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