Dennis The Menace

Dennis the Menace is a daily syndicated newspaper comic strip originally created, written and illustrated by Hank Ketcham. It debuted on March 12, 1951 in 16 newspapers and it is still distributed to at least 1,000 newspapers in 48 countries in 19 languages.

The inspiration for the comic strip came from Dennis Ketcham, the real life son of Hank Ketcham. Ketcham was in his studio in October 1950, when his first wife, Alice Mahar, burst into the studio and complained that their four-year-old, Dennis, had wrecked his bedroom instead of napping. "Your son is a menace," she shouted. The character of Henry Mitchell bore a striking resemblance to Ketcham. The Mitchell family of Dennis, Hank/Henry and Alice were all named after the Ketchams.

Within five months, 16 newspapers began carrying the adventures of the impish but innocent "Dennis the Menace." By May 1953, 193 newspapers in the United States and 52 abroad were carrying the strip to 30 million readers.

Today the brand is seen in various product categories and since Dennis the Menace Golf was launched in the Korean market, the cute and fun characters have appealed immensely to Korean golfers.

 

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