See Dennis The Menace Turn 65

Laura Reynolds
By Laura Reynolds Last edited 34 months ago
See Dennis The Menace Turn 65

We never thought we'd see the day. Troublesome whippersnapper Dennis the Menace has only gone and started drawing his pension.

The cartoon character turns 65 this month, having first appeared in an edition of The Beano on 17 March 1951. His dog Gnasher followed in 1968.

To celebrate the landmark anniversary, there's an exhibition of work by screenprinting artist John Patrick Reynolds coming to London.

Reynolds is the only screenprinting artist who has permission from DC Thomson, Dennis The Menace's publisher, to create screenprinted images of Dennis and his friends.

Reynolds specialises in comics as 'the medium is good at producing flat vivid colour and bold outline – just right for the stylised nature of comics'.

More of Reynolds's work on cartoons can be seen on his website. Other characters he works with include Popeye and Olive Oyl, and Asterix.

Reynolds has produced a special edition of the very first Dennis the Menace comic strip specially for the exhibition, which will also feature screen prints of Dennis characters from throughout the 65 year history.

Dennis The Menace Turns 65 is at The Showcase at Craft Central in Clerkenwell, 29 March-3 April, 10am-6pm. Admission is free.

Last Updated 16 March 2016