Saturday, 17 January 2015

HOORAY! IT'S THE COMPLETE DENNIS THE MENACE BOOK COVER GALLERY - PART THREE...


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

Ah, they don't make DENNIS The MENACE Books like these
anymore - mainly because they don't make them at all.  The last Dennis
Annual came out a few years back and it doesn't look as if the books are
destined to return to D.C. THOMSON's publishing schedule any time
soon.  Too bad - although, that said, the last few seemed to reflect the
TV  cartoon more than the comic strip character I knew of old, and
I was growing increasingly disenchanted with them.

Never mind. At least we can still enjoy these wonderful covers
from a time before an editorial urge to 'update' everything that was
good overwhelmed and diminished that which was already perfect.
Bloody 'new kids' on the block - think they know everything.













10 comments:

TwoHeadedBoy said...

Ha, that 1990 cover's brilliant!

The 1993 book was the first one I ever got, I'd say I have about half of them now...

Have you got many of the Bash Street Kids annuals? They're a lot of fun - I think the last two or three that were published consisted of nothing but Mike Pearse's longer stories (which is no bad thing!).

Kid said...

I don't have too many at all, THB - perhaps even only the one BSKs Book. It is a Mike Pearse one 'though, and very funny.

John Pitt said...

Yeah, one of my daughters used to be a fan, but I thought, " What a bloody racket!" All those trousers hanging down and baseball caps on back to front and all that! They thought they were IT! Their Christmas tape was nice though.

Kid said...

Nah, not the pop group, JP (as you well knew), but new, young editors wanting to put their stamp on a comic and usually ruining it in the process. (The Dandy, anyone?)

John Pitt said...

Of course, what we really need is a " NEW BLOG ON THE KID "!!!!

Kid said...

I didn't get where I am today by not recognising a pun when I see one, JP.

Colin Jones said...

The only Dennis book I owned was the 1978 one from the previous post but that 1989 cover is very similar to the 1978 Beano cover where it's the Bash Street Kids on a space-hopper in the same position.

Kid said...

I must track down an image and take a look, CJ. I'll bet there's loads of examples of similar cover designs on different Annuals.

Christopher Sobieniak said...

The last Dennis
Annual came out a few years back and it doesn't look as if the books are
destined to return to D.C. THOMSON's publishing schedule any time
soon.


STOCK RESPONSE: I blame the Internet! :-P

Kid said...

Who knows what the problem was, Chris. The internet may have played its part, but there were no doubt other contributory factors. Funnily enough, The Beano Annual was the best-selling Annual in the U.K. in 2014 (although it was drastically reduced in price as Christmas approached), so Annuals aren't quite dead yet. As you'll know, Dennis appears in The Beano, but for some reason his own book couldn't have been selling. Sad.

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