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Dennis The Menace

 

Author(s): Hank Ketcham, Marcus Hamilton, and Ron Ferdinand

Launch date: March 12, 1951

End Date: present

Syndicate(s): Daily Ink

Publisher(s): Fantagraphics Books

Dennis the Menace, known in some countries as just "'Dennis'"is a daily syndicated newspaper comic strip originally created, written and illustrated by the late Hank Ketcham since March 12, 1951, which made its debut in only 16 newspapers. It is now written and drawn by Ketcham's former assistants, Marcus Hamilton and Ron Ferdinand, and distributed to more than at least 1,000 newspapers in 48 countries and 19 languages by King Features Syndicate. The comic strip usually runs for a single panel on weekdays and a full strip on Sundays.

Dennis was so successful that he was later made into many kinds of popular media, including a 1960s live-action television sitcom, a 1980s animated television series, a 1987 made-for-TV live-action movie, a 1993 theatrical live-action film and another animated series based on that film, and there is also a 1981 animated prime-time television special, a 1998 direct-to-video live-action sequel that followed the 1993 live-action film and a 2002 animated television movie, and a 2007 Christmas special film, with a 2008 Halloween special film in already in development.

Characters

Dennis Mitchell - a bumbling but lovable blond-haired, angel-faced little devil, five-year-old boy with a penchant for mischief. Everywhere he goes, Dennis's wide-eyed curiosity, well-meaning attempts to help out and his youthful nature always seem to lead to trouble.

George Everett Wilson - a retired postal carrier, Dennis's next-door neighbor. Dennis worships Mr. Wilson but often annoys him as he regularly disrupts Mr. Wilson's attempts at a serene, quiet life-such as cultivating roses. As a result, the gruff old man overtly displays a less-than-cordial attitude towards the young boy, though Dennis continues his well-meaning intrusions unabated. Mr. Wilson is named after a teacher hank Ketcham knew.

Martha Wilson - Mr. Wilson's engaging wife, Martha, coddles Mr. Wilson, adores Dennis and sees him as a surrogate grandson, since the Wilsons never had any children.

Henry Mitchell & Alice Mitchell - Dennis's father, an aerospace engineer and Dennis's stay-at-home mother. His long-suffering parents can only shake their heads and try to explain their son's antics to others. Despite this, and the many times his mother sends Dennis to the corner chair, they really do love him very much. Henry seems to understand Dennis a lot more in affairs of the heart. One example was when a furious Dennis stormed in saying,"Wimmin can say some of the stupidest things!" and his father knowingly said to his wife, Margaret. Another time was when Dennis and Gina were having a fun time together, and his mother wondered if Dennis would realize that he really likes Gina, and his father said knowingly again, "I think he will". His mother, however, is usually the shelter where Dennis can run to when things get too overwhelming for him; and she is there with a warm hug and protection. Interestingly Henry Mitchell is similar to Hank Ketcham-being a former US Navy man and resembling Ketchum as Ketchum appeared in the 1950's! As a running gag Alice Mitchell has a phobia about snakes.

Ruff - Dennis's faithful dog. Ruff is always eagerly following him around, accompanying him running, riding his bike or his skateboard.

Joey McDonald - Dennis's friend, loyal and not-too-bright, he usually plays the sidekick to Dennis. Also he appeared in Colton Parrot. Margaret Wade - Dennis's friend and somewhat arch-foil; red-haired glasses wearing know-it-all whose cloying and self-important demeanor is always getting on Dennis’s nerves. She is attracted to Dennis, but he will have none of it. She always tries to improve Dennis and his manners, but only succeeds in annoying him. She has a certain amount of dislike for Gina, whom she sees as her competition. Gina gains Dennis's respect and admiration by just being herself and Margaret's pretensions fail to even make a mark on him.

Gina Gillotti - Dennis's friend, a tomboy. She is a fiercely independent young Italian girl, whom Dennis secretly has a crush on. He likes her because she is as independent minded as he is; and she enjoys the same things that he does. Gina is also highly aware that she is a girl, and woe betide anyone who doesn't think so. This earns her Dennis' respect and admiration.

Grampa Johnson, Alice's father who spoils Dennis often. He evokes the unintentional jealousy of Mr. Wilson, for he gets to see him only on occasion, but Wilson sees him all the time. Because they are so much alike, Dennis and Grampa Johnson get along beautifully. Wilson also thinks that Johnson should act his age, but this advice is often ignored. To Grampa, life is worth living, and he encourages Dennis to live it to the full. Hot Dog - Dennis's rarely-seen cat who usually commiserates with him whilst he sits in the corner and reflects on his sins.

Tone

In tone, Dennis is most like an escapee from a 1930s movie, such as an Our Gang film, and can be seen as a derivative of another mischievous comic strip creation, The Katzenjammer Kids. The character's long-running success may be seen as being due to the timeless nature of such characters. Dennis the Menace serves as a prototype for other cartoon troublemakers, such as Calvin (from Calvin and Hobbes),Bart Simpson, Little Lulu, Buster Brown and Curious George.

Adding to the timelessness of the character are personal touches that Ketcham included in his work. For instance, The Sugar Bowl, the ice cream counter Dennis frequents, is based on a real ice cream counter of the same name in Scottsdale, Arizona, frequented by cartoonist Bil Keane, as well as Arthur creator Marc Brown.

Another facet of Dennis which may be included in this is Dennis' love of Westerns. Though Dennis is consistently shown in a striped shirt and suspenders, he is still shown, at times, in a traditional cowboy outfit. This can be attributed to the setting of Kansas, and also the fact his Uncle Charlie owns a farm. The cowboy motif was more common when the comic strip first appeared, because Westerns were so popular, though even now, the advent of cable television means the Mitchell family can plausibly have access to plenty of Westerns for Dennis to enjoy.

 

History

Inspiration

The inspiration for the comic strip came from Dennis Ketcham, the real life son of Hank Ketcham, who was only 4 years old when he refused to take a nap and somehow messed up his whole room. Hank tried many possible kid names for the character he was drawing in his desktop in his home at Carmel, and translated them into some his rough pencil sketches, but they seem unsuitable for a character of such immense depiction, until his studio door flew open and his then-wife Alice, in utter exasperation, exclaimed, "Your son is a menace!" Thus the "Dennis the Menace" name was used, the "menace" epithet and the image of the tornado stuck. The character of Henry Mitchell even bore a striking resemblance to Ketcham himself, who also became a fixture in the strip. Many people[who?] feel the characters hold remarkable resemblance to Jamie and the Magic Torch.

According to Hank Ketcham's biography in the Internet Movie Database, Ketcham said that Dennis the Menace was set in Wichita, Kansas.

Debut

Dennis the Menace comic strip made its debut on March 12, 1951, in the following year in 16 newspapers across the US for the first time.

Coincidentally, another cartoon strip titled Dennis the menace was published in the British comic The Beano on March 15 (cover dated March 17 - the "off sale" date) of the same year. Like the American character, the UK one remains popular to this day and has made the transition to television cartoons. As a result, any product of the US character, including the TV series, was billed simply as "Dennis" in the UK.

Award

Ketcham received the Reuben Award for the strip in 1953. He also was made honorary mayor of Wichita. He was quoted saying "I set the whole thing in Wichita, Kansas, and as a result I got made an honorary mayor of Wichita."

Publishers

Dennis the Menace has been published in comic books and comic digests from the 1950s through at least the 1980s by a variety of publishers, including Standard/Pines (1953-58), Fawcett Comics (during their only return to comics after losing the Captain Marvel lawsuit) (1958-80), and Marvel Comics (1981-82). These were produced by others, in particular Al Wiseman in the 1950s and 60s, who was one of Ketcham's assistants and Ron Fredinand in the 1980s, a Sunday page artist who drew several of the Dennis stories of the Marvel books, including the cover for issue #11. There have also been paperback book collections of the comic strips and comic books during the same time period from Avon Books, Gold Medal, Crest, and others.

Ketcham gradually turned the production of the strip over to his assistants Ron Ferdinand and Marcus Hamilton, who continued it after his death in 2001, due to a heart attack at age 81. In 2005, Dennis appeared as a guest for Blondie and Dagwood's 75th anniversary party in the comic strip Blondie.

Comic book

Dennis had been produced in comic book format for many years. The first issue of Dennis the Menace was published in August, 1953 by Standand/Pines, the original series ran for a total of 155 issues until January, 1978. Meanwhile, Fawcett Comics purchased the half of the comic book rights to the character and Dennis made his only return to the comics after Fawcett lost the Captain Marvel lawsuit in 1958. At that point, Fawcett Comics and Hallden Publishing became a subsidiary of CBS Consumer Publishing (A publishing imprint of CBS Corporation) and the Dennis the Menace comic book title became The Dennis the Menace Fun Fest series, the comic books continued through the issue #166, published in November, 1979.

Specials series

The comic book series (Drawn by Ketcham's assistant Al Wiseman, until the mid 60s) was running in tandem with the “Specials” series. First, there was The Dennis the Menace Winter Special, then The Dennis the Menace Spring Special, The Dennis the Menace Summer Special and then finally The Dennis the Menace Christmas Special. To continue this tandem, Fawcett published an anthology series of his previous adventures called The Best of Dennis the Menace, which ran from 1959 to 1961 in a total of 5 issues. This was followed with The Giant Dennis the Menace series, and concluded the specials series with their most-famous of their Dennis the Menace titles, The Dennis the Menace Travel Special Series. These Travel issues included Dennis and his family going to places like Mexico or camp in Yosemite Park and the most popular issue "Dennis Goes To Hollywood" which has him wreaking havoc on various movie sets and encountering assorted movie stars.

The specials series was then later re-christened as the Dennis the Menace Bonus Magazine Series forerunners, the series, which bore the title Bonus Magazine, started with issue #78 in March 1970 and continued through issue #173 in February 1978. CBS and Hallden later retitled the series as The Dennis the Menace Big Bonus Series, which it ran through issue #194 in October 1979.

Other series

By October 1979, Fawcett began publishing a separate series of 36 issues entitled Dennis the Menace and Mr. Wilson, which involved the simple adventures of Dennis and Mr. Wilson going into all sorts of mischievous capers. By the second issue, the Dennis and Mr. Wilson series was re-christened as Dennis the Menace and His Friends which now involved the adventures of Dennis, Mr. Wilson and friends, Joey, Margaret and dog, Ruff going to cause more troublesome mishaps. Because of this, the Mr. Wilson stories were alternated with the three characters as Ruff, Joey and Margaret who each shared a #1 issue with Dennis.

There were also other series of Dennis the Menace comic books published in 1961, first there was Dennis the Menace and His Dog, Ruff and Dennis the Menace and His Pal, Joey published the summer and the last but not least was Dennis the Menace and Margaret published in the winter of 1969.

Bible kids series

In 1977, Word Books, Inc. commissioned Hank Ketcham Enterprises, Inc. to produce a series of ten comic books under the title of Dennis and the Bible Kids, with the usual cast of characters reading (and sometimes partly acting out) the stories of Joseph, Moses, David, Esther, Jesus, and other Biblical characters. These were sold through Christian bookstores and related outlets. Each issue contained several inspirational renderings by Hank Ketcham himself.

Click here to see a great Dennis The Menace video clip.

Marvel series

For some unknown reason, the Dennis the Menace Fun Fest and the Dennis the Menace Big Bonus Series were revived for a short issue run in 1980. The numbering system was even more of a mystery.

January: The Dennis the Menace Fun Fest #16

February: The Dennis the Menace Big Bonus #10

March: The Dennis the Menace Fun Fest #17

April: The Dennis the Menace Big Bonus #11

After this revival series, the Hallden and CBS comics run came to an end in 1980. Fortunately, Ketcham had the half of the comic book rights purchased by Stan Lee and Marvel Comics, they were able to produce a new series of Dennis the Menace comic books. The Marvel series started in December, 1981 and ended in November, 1982. The seventh issue in the Marvel Comics adaptation featured a Spider-Man spoof story called “Spider-Kid”, the story featured Dennis imagining himself as a pint-sized Spider-Man fighting crime with Mr. Wilson as J. Jonah Jameson, Gina Gillotti as his girlfriend Mary Jane Watson and Joey, Margaret and Ruff being themselves, the cover even displayed Dennis is Spider-Kid jumping from a cloud and unmasking himself revealing to be Dennis! The smaller Dennis the Menace comic digests were published continually by Fawcett and Hallden between 1969 and 1980 and they were briefly resurrected in reprints by Marvel in 1982 for a run of three issues.

Book-length series

Several special issues also appeared in the 1970s, with book-length stories of Dennis and his parents visiting the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose, California, the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, Mexico via cruise ship, and also Washington, D.C.

Book compilations

Dennis the Menace has also even been published in paperback book collects of the comic strips and comic books during the same time period, they are consisted of reprints of the previous comic strip adventures from the past decades. Avon Books, Gold Medal, Crest, Pocket Books, Corgi (UK) and Fawcett Books were all responsible for the publication of these books. This is a list of all the Dennis the Menace book compilations published so far (Note: All of the books carry the name ‘Dennis the Menace’ in their title.):

Babysitter’s Guide by Dennis the Menace (1954)

Wanted: Dennis the Menace (1955)

Dennis the Menace Rides Again (1956)

Dennis the Menace vs. Everybody (1957)

Dennis the Menace: Household Hurricane (1958)

The 100 Adventures of the Pickle (1958, UK)

In this corner… Dennis the Menace (1959)

Dennis the Menace …Teacher’s Threat (1960)

Dennis the Menace Voted Most Likely (1960)

Dennis the Menace A.M.* *Ambassador of Mischief (1961)

Babysitter’s Guide by Dennis the Menace (1961, reprint)

Dennis the Menace: Happy Half-Pint (1962)

Dennis the Menace …Who Me? (1963)

Dennis the Menace: Household Hurricane (1963, reprint)

Dennis the Menace: Make-Believe Angel (1964)

Dennis the Menace …Here Comes Trouble (1966)

Dennis the Menace and Poor Ol’ Mr. Wilson (1967)

Dennis the Menace: All-American Kid (1968)

Dennis the Menace and his pal Joey (1968)

Dennis the Menace: Your Friendly Neighborhood Kid (1969)

Dennis the Menace: Perpetual Motion (1969)

Dennis the Menace …Everybody’s Little Helper (1970)

Dennis the Menace: Non-Stop Nuisance (1970)

Dennis the Menace Rides Again (1971, reprint)

Book compilations continued

Dennis the Menace: Surprise Package (1971)

Dennis the Menace: Short ‘n Snappy (1971)

Dennis the Menace: Where the Action Is (1971)

Dennis the Menace: Dennis Power (1972)

Dennis the Menace: Just for Fun (1973)

Dennis the Menace: The Kid Next Door (1973)

Dennis the Menace: Busybody (1974)

Dennis the Menace: Little Pip-Squeak (1974)

Dennis the Menace: Play it Again, Dennis (1975)

Dennis the Menace: To the Core (1975)

Dennis the Menace: Little Man in a Big Hurry (1976)

Dennis the Menace: Short Swinger (1976)

Dennis the Menace and His Girls (1977)

Dennis the Menace: Stayin' Alive (1977)

Dennis the Menace: Good Intenshuns (1978)

Dennis the Menace: One More Time (1978)

Someone's In The Kitchen With Dennis (1978)

Dennis the Menace: “Your Mother’s Calling!” (1978)

Dennis the Menace: Ol’ Droopy Drawers (1978)

Dennis the Menace: Driving Mother Up the Wall (1979)

Dennis the Menace: I Done It MY Way (1979)

Dennis the Menace: Short in the Saddle (1979)

Dennis the Menace: Ain’t Misbehavin’ (1980)

Dennis the Menace: The Way I Look at It… (1982)

Dennis the Menace: Dog’s Best Friend (1982)

Dennis the Menace: Supercharged and Ever Ready (1983)

Dennis the Menace: Sunrise Express (1983)

Book compilations continued

In 2005, comics publisher Fantagraphics began to reprint Ketcham's entire run on Dennis the Menace in a 25-volume series over eleven years.

Hank Ketcham's Complete Dennis the Menace (1951-52) ISBN 1-56097-680-2

Hank Ketcham's Complete Dennis the Menace (1953-54) ISBN 1-56097-725-6

Hank Ketcham's Complete Dennis the Menace (1955-56) ISBN 1-56097-770-1

Hank Ketcham's Complete Dennis the Menace (1957-58) ISBN 1-56097-806-7

Worldwide success

For some years, Dennis the Menace was the "spokestoon" for ice cream restaurant chain Dairy Queen; many of the characters appeared on their packaging and in advertising. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Dennis the Menace was licensed by Dairy Queen as their official mascot, appearing in many commercials and on the chain's cups, bags, and other promotional items. The Dennis incarnation used was the one from the 1986 animated series, as the promotions started in the middle of that series' run. Dennis has since been supplanted by other cartoon characters.

1952 saw the construction of the Dennis the Menace Playground, spearheaded by Hank Ketcham, assisted Arch Garner and his two children. It opened at Monterey, California, US in 1956.[citation needed] The playground features a bronze statue of Dennis sculpted by Wah Ming Chang. On October 25 - October 26, 2006, the 125-lb statue which reported worth as much as $30,000 was stolen during the night.

Animated TV series

 

Films and TV sitcoms

Dennis has been the subject of a number of animated adaptations, as well as a CBS sitcom from 1959 to 1963 starring Jay North as Dennis and both Joseph Kearns and Gale Gordon, successively, as Mr. (George and John) Wilson. A 1993 live-action film starred Walter Matthau as Mr. Wilson. It was originally titled "The Real Dennis the Menace" before the final name was approved. This was followed up with Dennis the Menace Strikes Again! in 1998 starring Don Rickles as Mr. Wilson.

A Dennis the Menace Christmas is scheduled for release on DVD November 17, 2007. The Warner Brothers film stars Robert Wagner as Mr. Wilson, Louise Fletcher as Mrs. Wilson, and Maxwell Perry-Cotton as Dennis. For the first time, Dennis is being played by a real, live six-year-old actor. The film was shot in Montreal, Canada, and features a number of young Canadian actors.

See the separate entries for more detailed information on the film and TV adaptations

Dennis the Menace (1959 TV series)

Dennis the Menace in Mayday for Mother (1981 TV special)

Dennis the Menace (1986 TV series)

Dennis the Menace: Dinosaur Hunter (1987 film)

Dennis the Menace (1993 film)

The Incredible Dennis the Menace (1993 TV series)

Dennis the Menace Strikes Again (1998 film)

Dennis the Menace in Cruise Control (2002 film)

A Dennis the Menace Christmas (2007 film)

Halloween with Dennis the Menace (2008 film, in development)

Dennis the Menace in other languages

The animated television series and the comic book series have been translated into 19 languages since the invention of the character, and whom they have made and are famous worldwide.

Dennis the Menace and Gnasher

Current/last artist: Nigel Parkinson, Jimmy Hansen, Tom Paterson

First appearance: Issue 452,(17 March 1951)

Last appearance: Present Regular characters: Dennis, Gnasher, Rasher, Dasher, Mum, Dad, Curly, Pie Face, Walter the Softy, Sgt. Slipper, the Colonel, Bea, Granny, Foo Foo

 

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Dennis the Menace (known as Dennis the Menace and Gnasher since 1970) is a long-running comic strip featured in The Beano children's comic, published by D. C. Thomson & Co. Ltd, Dundee, Scotland, in the United Kingdom.

The strip first appeared in issue 452, released on 15 March 1951 (cover dated for the off-sale date of 17 March), and is the longest running strip in the comic, reaching an estimated 2995 strips so far.. From issue 1678 onwards (dated 14 September 1974) Dennis the Menace replaced Biffo the Bear on the front cover, and has been there ever since.

Three days earlier, on 12 March 1951, another Dennis the Menace debuted in the United States. The two strips should not be confused — as a result of this the US series has been retitled Dennis for UK consumption, while the British character's appearances are often titled "Dennis and Gnasher" outside the UK.

Dennis the Menace and Gnasher was first drawn by David Law (1951 – 1970), then David Sutherland (1970 – 1998). David Parkins took over in 1998, but due to his other work commitments, Nigel Parkinson and Jimmy Hansen have drawn the lion's share of the strips for some years. Barrie Appleby did the artwork for the Beano Superstars series, which, towards the end of its run, resorted exclusively to strips based on the TV series (see below).

The main recurring storyline throughout the years features Dennis's campaign of terror against a gang of 'softies' (effeminate, well-behaved boys), particularly Walter. Walter finds himself in unfavorable circumstances on many occasions; although he sometimes gets the "last laugh".

Dennis usually used to get away with his mischief for a while before receiving a spanking from his father, for which Dennis’s father used a slipper. Dennis’s best defence involved sticking a thick book down his shorts. His dad never noticed. Dennis’s grandma also had a slipper, except it was made of elephant skin and called 'The Demon Whacker'. Since the 1980s, however - owing to the burgeoning tide of opinion against corporal punishment of children in the UK - the slipper is no longer used.

Dennis started wearing a striped red-and-black jumper a couple of months after his debut, in May 1951, knitted by his granny for him, which along with his spiky hair has become his trademark. It is notable that another Beano character, Minnie the Minx, also wears this colour jumper. He uses his faithful pea shooter, catapult and water pistol.

A Dennis the Menace fan club was set up in 1976. By the time it was replaced with The Beano Club in 1998, it had reached over a million members (the millionth occurring in 1988), including actor Mark Hamill in 1979. Millionth member Simon Palmer "met" Dennis (a costumed character) and Beano editor Euan Kerr, and was treated to a traditional slap up comic meal of bangers and mash. The Beano Club was launched to coincide with the comic's revamp, including its logo.

Dennis celebrated his 40th anniversary in March 1991. A special pull out poster supplement (including a story featuring Dennis appearing on This is Your Life, looking back at the last 40 years of menacing) for the comic was produced to celebrate this. Also, for the same reason, an Italian designer was called in to give Dennis a makeover. He now wore a tracksuit, sported a pair of shades, and had a personal stereo on him. However, this revamp lasted only one story - since the strips are written and drawn months in advance of printing, it seems this was a publicity stunt, like when The Bash Street Kids were briefly given similar modernisation for their 40th anniversary in 1994, and when Desperate Dan in The Dandy 'left' the comic on his 60th anniversary in 1997.

A Dennis the Menace puppet series was produced in the early 1990s for broadcast on the Children's Channel. A Dennis the Menace animated cartoon began airing on BBC One (as part of CBBC) in 1996, with another series following in 1998. Originally called Dennis the Menace in the UK, the series was renamed Dennis and Gnasher for international broadcast, to avoid confusion with the American Dennis The Menace (likewise, the US series was retitled "Dennis" in the UK). The show has ceased production, although repeats are frequently shown still.

It was announced in October 2007 that a new animated series of Dennis The Menace will be made. Like the original, it will be screened on CBBC. It will premiere in 2009.

Although a rivalry between Dennis and Minnie The Minx is frequently shown, they do appear to have feelings for each other. For instance, in a 1980's strip in which Dennis and Minnie arm wrestled when Dennis took on all the other Beano characters, she said to Dennis he better let her win. When Dennis enquired what would happen should he not, she replied with the threat of giving him a kiss. Another example is when Nigel Parkinson drew the 'several ages of Dennis' in a Dennis the Menace annual. He was shown to marry Minnie and for them to have children. Also, in the 1992 Dennis Annual an interviewer called Terry Wigon (a pun on the name Terry Wogan) Asked Dennis "Is it true you fancy Minnie The Minx?", Dennis pounced on him angrily with his fist raised and said "Is it true you fancy a punch in the mouth?"

Timeline

March 1951 Drawn by David Law, Dennis the Menace appears for the first time, as well as his dad.

May 1951 Dennis gets his famous striped jersey knitted by his granny aka Whentball. He also teams up with fellow menace Curly.

1952 The strip appears in two colours (red and black). Walter appears for the first time.

Early 1953 Walter is now named.

Mid 1953 Dennis gets expanded to a full page, while earlier strips were only half a page long.

1955 The first Dennis Annual is published, using reprinted stories from previous years.

1957 David Law's style of drawing Dennis changes dramatically, making the characters tall and thin.

1958 After a year of being drawn this way, characters become more or less back the way they were.

1962 Dennis returns to the back of the comic.

August 31, 1968 Dennis finds a dog on the street, Gnasher, on his way to the dog show at the local town hall. Gnasher becomes a regular from this point onwards.

1969 Walter's Dog, Foo-Foo, debuts, replacing Walter's previous dog, Tiddlums.

July 22, 1970 Law retires, and one comic was drawn by Pup Parade artist Gordon Bell.

July 29, 1970 Bash Street Kids artist David Sutherland starts drawing Dennis, although drawing the strip almost identical to David Law. The strip is renamed "Dennis the Menace & Gnasher" when originally it was just called "Dennis the Menace" as Gnasher had been appearing every week on the strips.

September 14, 1974 Dennis takes the front cover of The Beano.

Mid 1974 Sutherland's style starts sinking in on Dennis, with Walter looking slightly different, and the outlines getting slightly thicker.

1975 Walter joins "the softies", Bertie Blenkinsop and Algernon "Spotty" Perkins.

May 21, 1977 Gnasher gets his own strip in the comic, called "Gnasher's Tale".

May 1979 Dennis' pet pig, "Rasher" debuts.

1983 Dennis starts looking taller and stockier.

September 22, 1984 Rasher gets his own strip in the comic, called simply "Rasher".

March 1986 Gnasher "goes missing". Foo Foo's Fairy Story temporarily replaces Gnasher's Tale.

May 1986 Gnasher returns, introducing his pups; Gnatasha, Gnannete, Gnancy, Gnaomi, Gnorah and Gnipper. "Gnasher and Gnipper" replaces "Gnasher's Tale".

1987 Dennis' spider, Dasher, appears.

1988 Rasher's strip ends, replaced by Ill Will and the Germs.

1990 Granny's personality also changes drastically. Now, rather than a mean old woman, she becomes an elderly menace. The slipper is no longer used, partly due to changing attitudes towards child discipline at the time.

1991 Editor Euan Kerr has a word with Sutherland that Dennis is looking too old.

1992 The Menace car is seen for the first time.

1993 Sutherland, understanding Euan's words, starts changing Dennis, making him look young and cute for a few years. The "Gnasher and Gnipper" strip is now drawn by Barry Glennard, the current artist.

Early 1996 Dennis The Menace is looking like he did again, and for the first time ever, the story is drawn in the same style as the Bash Street Kids.

April 1996 The Dennis the Menace TV series appears for the first time on BBC and TCC.

1997 The strip is printed in bright, shiny colours, for a short while. This year marks the first appearances of The Colonel, Dennis' neighbour, and Sergeant Slipper, the local constable.

August-September 1998 For the 60th anniversary for the Beano, David Parkins draws Dennis the Menace, creating Bea some issues later.

October 1998 Bea gets her own strip called Beaginnings. She says her first word (Mud) in this strip.

2000 Nigel Parkinson becomes main artist of Dennis the Menace strip.

March 2001 Dennis celebrates his 50th Birthday. A poster drawn by David Parkins (In the style of David Law) is available in the issue.

December 2001 Beaginnings gets renamed Dennis' little sister Bea - the Mini Menace. Also, Nigel Parkinson's style of drawing Bea changes from David Parkins' original style (with huge eyes) to his own style of drawing her.

2003 Jimmy Hansen joins Nigel Parkinson as main artist. Over the next 5 years they each draw about half of the strips.

2004 Dennis the Menace becomes the longest running strip in the Beano ever, beating Lord Snooty.

2004 Walter gets revamped when drawn by Jimmy Hansen, and he now bears the appearance of an Elvis impersonator with much bigger glasses.

2007 Tom Paterson starts drawing Dennis occasionally.

2008 Dennis gets a comic strip at the back of the beano as well as the front.

Characters

Over the years a variety of subsidiary characters have arisen.

Family

Dennis, Dennis the Menace is a boy of around ten years old; he is solidly built with a mass of spiky black hair, and is habitually dressed in a black and red striped jumper, and a large pair of black shoes. Dennis is an anti-hero; broadly well-intentioned, but utterly amoral, and possessed of a moral code that is widely at variance with that of grown ups and authority: school is boring, homework to be avoided, parents an occupational hazard (at best), and Walter the Softy a traitor to boyhood. Dennis is the indefatigable enemy of all of the above; the bane of a many a teacher's life, the despair of his parents, and the terror of Walter and his chums. Although most of Dennis's escapades and vendettas are doomed to end in retribution, he is never daunted, and always returns the following week enthusiastic for fresh villainy. Even back in the early days, when Dennis was spanked 'severely and often' (to quote his father), the effects were invariably very short lived, the Menace always ready to return to the fray; it didn't matter how often Dennis got whacked by Dad or Teacher, corporal punishment was almost entirely ineffective, and only really to be feared from Granny's dreaded Demon Whacker, which was even known to inspire Dennis to brush his hair and tidy himself up. It is implied in several sketches he has a crush on Minnie the Minx, as they are occasionally seen together. He was once Minnie's Valentine in the 1960s.

Dad, along with Dennis himself, appeared in the first strip. His hair loss is down to Dennis’s menacing, and his real name has never been given. He also appears in both Bea and Gnasher and Gnipper. The real name of his wife, Mum, has also never been given. According to the letters page of an early 1990s Beano, he was christened "Dennis' Dad". In his twenties he met a girl named "Dennis' Mum", and they knew they were made for each other. According to his report cards,Issue No.3428's strip (and some of Dennis' older teachers), he was just like Dennis when he was younger.

Bea is Dennis’s little sister, born in issue 2931, dated 19 September 1998. She has her own strip (Bea, originally Beaginnings) and sometimes appears in Dennis the Menace and Gnasher.

Granny, real name "Gertrude", is Dennis's and Bea's 80-year-old grandmother. She owned the Demon Whacker, as above, but in the late 1980s/early 1990s, she got her own strip - Go, Granny, Go! drawn by Brian Walker. As a result, she transformed from the indulgent Granny who used the Demon Whacker when necessary to a very active elderly lady who enjoyed motorbikes. This was also partly because by this time, The Beano no longer punished its characters with the slipper.

Denise is Dennis's cousin, bearing a striking resemblance to Beryl the Peril, although she too wears a red and black striped jumper. She appeared in just a few stories (at least two, both reprinted in the 60 Years books), visiting along with her cat 'Santa Claws'. She generally managed to out-menace Dennis, showing considerable fortitude against the Softies, and at the local boxing club. Dennis seemed to be quite glad to see the back of her. She also appeared in Beano Superstars No 59 titled Dennis and Denise.

Pets

Gnasher is a black dog who first appeared in issue 1363, dated 31 August 1968. He is supposedly an "Abyssinian wire-haired tripehound", although sceptics have suggested that he looks more like a mop of Dennis’s hair, with eyes, and teeth gone for a walk on their own. He has extremely strong teeth that can leave teethmarks in seemingly anything, and is usually called upon by Dennis to 'gnash' their way out of situations; however, he usually prefers to bite the postman. His name comes from the British slang for teeth (gnashers).

Since 1986 Gnasher has had a son, Gnipper, who appears with him in the separate strip ( Gnasher and Gnipper). Gnipper is not owed by Dennis the Menace. He first appeared in issue 2286, dated 10 May 1986. Gnipper's name is a pun since 'to nip' something means to give something a small bite, while 'nipper' is a slang term for a young child. Gnasher also has several daughters, their names being Gnatasha, Gnaomi, Gnanette, Gnorah and Gnancy, though these tend not to be seen much. Gnatasha had her own strip in The Beezer and Topper, and appeared in the Beezer Book 1994. Gnasher also used to have another strip, Gnasher's Tale, which began in 1977 and continued for another nine years.

Rasher is a pig (hence the name) and is Dennis’s other loyal pet, first seen in issue 1920, dated 5 May 1979. He loves to eat swill and was rescued by Dennis. Rasher also has children, their names being Oink, Snort, Grunt, Squeal, and Squeak. He also used to have his own strip called Rasher, which started in 1984 and continued for another four years, with a few one off appearances after that.

Dennis has also been seen with his pet spider called Dasher (named "Sidney" in the animated series). He first appeared in about 1987, as a tool to scare Softy Walter, and was the mascot of the Beano website when it launched in 1997. Originally the spider was all black, but when it reappeared in 1997, it was red and black, matching Dennis's jersey.

He also has a new fish named Splasher. He first appeared in 2006. However, it appears this was just a one off, rather like the bat Dennis had for a pet in a Halloween issue, as neither have been seen since.

Friends

Dennis also has two main friends. Curly was the first to appear, appearing a few months after the strip started in 1951. He has a lot of blonde, curly hair, hence his name. In a 1996 episode of the animated TV series entitled 'The Bath-Night Club', we learnt he has a little brother named Spiky. He has spiky hair, and, according to Curly, could not escape and was put in the bath. The next day he started smelling of soap and began prancing about with Softies and girls. The episode was reprinted in print form in 1998 as Number 81 of The Beano Super Stars.

Pieface, real name Kevin, is Dennis's other friend. His favourite food is pies, hence the name. It was revealed in the cartoon series that his real name is never used on the account the Kevins were not what he ate. He does enjoy a good meal.

The Softies

Together, Dennis, Curly and Pie-Face battle the Softies, a group of children who enjoy things such as teddy bears, dolls and flowers. The most famous, Dennis’s greatest sworn enemy, is a character called Walter. He has a pet poodle called Foo-Foo and a cat named Fluffy. The two most other frequently seen Softies are Algernon 'Spotty' Perkins and Bertie Blenkinsop, who are usually seen playing with him. Walter, Spotty and Bertie once had a competition to decide who had the cutest teddy, but they agreed that they were all lovely. In a 1984 strip both their pets were seen, two dogs called Yorkie and Papillon, although it did not state which pet belong to which Softy. Other softies include Sweet William, Dudley Nightshirt, Jeremy Snodgrass,Softy Matthew ,Matilda and Nervous Rex, a character who is scared of everything and everyone.

The temptation to beware of is to classify Walter as 'good' and Dennis as 'bad' simply because one is well-behaved and the other not- (both boy's fathers are white collar workers, but Walter's Dad appears to be a couple of pay scales up on Dennis's); below Walter's prim virtue lies a deep vein of spite that he is usually too cowardly to express, he actively practices his highly manipluative 'winning simper', and his eagerness to please grown ups seems to imply a whole series of hidden agendas.

The Softies seem to be bound together much more by fear of the Menaces than by any real mutual liking; though they are scrupulously polite to each other, they have occasionally decided to pick on someone perceived as much weaker than they are. In one story they even went as far as being cruel to an animal by dropping Dennis's cousin Denise's cat into a puddle.

Other characters

The Colonel is an old army colonel who is often seen with toy soldiers and often makes references to being in battles which happened hundreds of years ago. In the TV series his first name was revealed to be Godfrey.

Sergeant slipper is the police sergeant who is always trying to catch Dennis for menacing.

Dennis' Teacher often appeared in Dennis the Menace strips from the early 1970's.

Nasty Norman was a bully who was often seen as Dennis' rival.

Television series

Reruns

Sky One 1998 - 2002 TCC 1996 - 1998 CBBC 1996 - Present Jetix (UK) 1996 - present

Influence on popular culture

Darts player Dennis Priestley is known as "The Menace" and wears a shirt with the familiar red and black horizontal bands.

In recent years, the satirical magazine Private Eye has carried comic strips featuring a character sometimes called Beano Boris or Boris the Menace, a blond-haired version of Dennis the Menace, who bears a suspicious resemblance to the politician Boris Johnson.

The Non-Cartoon Version**************************

Genre: Sitcom

Created by: based on the comic strip by Hank Ketcham

Starring: Jay North, Herbert Anderson, Gloria Henry, Joseph Kearns, Gale Gordon Country of origin: United States

Language(s): English

No. of seasons: 4

No. of episodes: 146

Production

Producer(s): James Fonda

Running time: 25 minutes

Broadcast

Original channel: CBS

Picture format: B/W

Audio format: Monaural

Original run: October 4, 1959 – July 7, 1963

Dennis the Menace is a television series based on the popular Hank Ketcham comic strip of the same name. The show aired from 1959 to 1963 on CBS and stars Jay North as Dennis Mitchell; Herbert Anderson as his father, Henry; Gloria Henry as his mother, Alice; Joseph Kearns as George Wilson and Sylvia Field as Martha Wilson.

Plot summary

The show follows the lives of the Mitchell family – Henry, Alice, and their only child, Dennis. Dennis is an energetic, well meaning, but trouble prone boy and sometimes a mischievous child. He often tangles with peace-and-quiet-loving neighbor, George Wilson.

Differences between the comic strip and the sitcom

Dennis' best friend Tommy Anderson was played by Billy Booth, and Jeannie Russell was chosen at the suggestion of Jay North to play his nemesis, Margaret Wade. There was no recurring character Gina in the TV show (as there was in the comics), and Joey was played by Gil Smith in only 8 early episodes in the first season. Instead of Dennis' big pooch Ruff, there was a smaller breed named Fremont, who belonged to The Wilsons.

On the sitcom, Dennis was basically a good boy who always was trying to help people but winded up making situations worse. On early episodes in the first season, far more disasters happened as a result of his actions than in later episodes. The character of Dennis was slightly toned down by the 6th or 7th episode.

First season

The pilot episode was made late in 1958 and was entitled Dennis Goes To The Movies. Dennis was clearly younger and his speech, the tone of his voice, and his character had obviously not been as developed as in episodes later in the 1959-60 season. On this episode, Dennis indeed causes a lot of destruction such as burying a hose (installing an automatic sprinkler system), trying to repair a leg on the kitchen table and causing the whole table to collapse, almost knocking Mr. Wilson off the ladder but causing him to ruin his shoes as he steps in a can of paint, among other things. Dennis' father and mother then announce that they are going to the movies to see a western (that Dennis wanted to see "all his life") and Dennis would be getting a babysitter. The problem is none of the babysitters in the area would babysit for Dennis because of his mischief. They manage to find an elderly lady Mrs. Porter who had never met Dennis. Dennis then switches places with Joey and sneaks out to the very same movie his parents are seeing. Joey stays home and pretends he is Dennis. Dennis, meanwhile causes havoc at the theatre even demanding the projectionist repeat a scene. His parents suspect that Dennis is there causing these problems so they call Mrs Porter at the house and she assures then that Dennis is so well behaved. Dennis parents say "Wow its sounds like she is talking about some other kid". Little did the parents know they were right. Dennis indeed beats the parents home and is in bed by the time they return but not before making noises causing Mr. Wilson to awaken and go outside to see what is wrong and then be arrested for armed robbery when he is found with Dennis' toy gun (which in those days much more closely resembled a real gun).

In early 1959, several other episodes are made including "The Fishing Trip", "Dennis Gets A Duck", "Dennis Runs Away", "The Cowboy", "Open House", and "Dennis Becomes A Babysitter". At that point, CBS consented to take the program to run at 7:30 p.m. EDT on Sunday Evenings after Lassie. Margaret made her first appearance on "Open House". Actor Billy Booth makes his first appearance on "Dennis Runs Away", but not yet as Tommy Anderson.

After viewing these episodes, CBS determined that they wanted Dennis toned down because of fear that his actions would encourage children watching to try some of these things. Several weeks before the series was to debut, the episode "The Sign Post" was made in which Tommy made his debut. Margaret also appeared along with Joey. On this episode Dennis puts back a street sign that a motorist knocked down, but the sign had the streets in reverse. As a result builders mistakenly begin building a swimming pool at Mr. Wilson's house causing havoc. On this episode, Dennis is very much toned down from the pilot episode. As a result, after the pilot aired as the first episode, "The Sign Post" aired as a second episode. The "Fishing Trip" was the third episode to air but the second one made. After that, newly made episodes aired mixed in with the initial batch made earlier in 1959. Joey is gradually phased out and not a part of the second season.

Later seasons

Dennis & Mr. Wilson had a love/hate relationship. Dennis was always aggravating Mr. Wilson but usually did not realize it. He would call Mr. Wilson his best friend {and often referred to him as "Good 'Ol Mr. Wilson") while on many occasions Mr. Wilson would tell Dennis "You have far better friends than me". Mrs. Wilson, however, liked Dennis and tried to make the situation better. Other neighbors and townspeople included Mrs. Elkins (a widowed neighbor), Miss Cathcart (a lonely spinster), Mr. Quigley (a grocer), Opie Swanson (a TV/appliance store owner), Mr. Finch (a druggist), and Sgt. Mooney (a policeman), among others. Dennis also had a nemesis named Johnny Brady, whose father and Henry Mitchell also were sometimes at odds.

Second and third season episodes began to focus on Dennis at school learning to read, going to camp, playing baseball, being in scouting, and of course trying to help Mr. Wilson. Dennis was gradually maturing and at times it is revealed that Mr. Wilson does like Dennis deep down.

"Two Mr. Wilsons"

Toward the end of filming the third season, Joseph Kearns died suddenly of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1962. The next couple of episodes simply did not have Mr. Wilson appearing. But later that season for the last half dozen episodes Gale Gordon joined the cast as Mr. Wilson's brother, John. He was staying as a guest of Mrs. Wilson while Mr. Wilson was away. Sylvia Field, who played Mrs. Wilson, left the series at the end of the year. Her absence was explained by her and her husband embarking on a cruise trip, leaving their home in the care of her in-laws. The following year, John Wilson continued on, joined by his wife Eloise, played by Sara Seeger, as if he had always been the sole Mr. Wilson. Except for Dennis mentioning "The other Mr. Wilson" when he asked John Wilson if he could mow his lawn in the second episode of the fourth season, no mention was made of the original Wilsons ever again.

Music

All four seasons of Dennis The Menace featured a wide variety of background music scoring from John Seely and Associates. The tunes used were for the most part the same ones used for other sitcoms like Donna Reed, Ozzie & Harriet, Patty Duke, and others. Also, children's shows Davey And Goliath and Gumby featured much of this background music as well as some early Hanna Barbera cartoons.

Cancellation

The show had a quite successful four-year run, but Jay North did something all little boys do, grow up. As a result, he was getting too big and too old to continue the role of Dennis, and now at age 12, too old for the childlike antics that made his character into a household name. It was believed that the show had run its course once Joseph Kearns died, but it ran one more season. Finally, the show was canceled in the spring of 1963.

The show continued in reruns on NBC on Saturday mornings from 1963 to 1965 and the show was syndicated in 1965. It has run consistently on local stations over the years. It ran on Nickelodeon and Nick at Nite from 1985 to 1994. It also aired on TV Land in the late 1990s.

Cast

Main characters

Dennis Mitchell, a well-meaning but trouble-prone boy. Played by Jay North

Henry Mitchell, father to Dennis and Alice's husband. Played by Herbert Anderson

Alice Mitchell, Henry Mitchell's wife and Dennis's mother. Played by Gloria Henry

Mr. George Wilson, the Mitchells' neighbor, often exasperated with Dennis's antics. George has a dog named Fremont. (1959-1962). Played by Joseph Kearns

Mrs. Martha Wilson, a loving, grandmotherly type who enjoys Dennis's company. (1959-1962). Played by Sylvia Field

Joey McDonald, Dennis's friend. (1959-1960). Played by Gil Smith

Tommy Anderson, Dennis's friend. (1959-1963). Played by Billy Booth

Margaret Wade, Dennis's nemesis, a goody-goody girl in the neighborhood. Played by Jeannie Russell

Mr. John Wilson, George Wilson's brother. (1962-1963). Played by Gale Gordon

Mrs. Eloise Wilson, John Wilson's wife. (1962-1963). Played by Sara Seeger

Recurring characters

Seargent Theodore Mooney, a policeman. Played by George Cisar Mrs. Elkins, a Mitchell neighbor. Played by Irene Tedrow Mr. Quigley, a grocer. Played by Willard Waterman Miss Cathcart, a spinster. Played by Mary Wickes

List of episodes

1959-1960 Season

Dennis Goes to the Movies 10/4/1959 - Dennis successfully sneaks out of the house and goes to a movie his parents also go to while Tommy is left with the baby sitter, pretending to be Dennis. (This is the pilot, which was made late in 1958. Mrs. Wilson does not appear.)

The Fishing Trip 10/18/1959 - Mr. Wilson & Dennis' father plan a secret fishing trip without Dennis. (This was the second episode made but held back in order to air a more recent episode where the cast is more established. Mrs Wilson's first appearance on the show.) Ron Howard starred as Dennis's friend, Stewart.

Dennis and the Duck 2/14/1960 - Dennis gets a pet duck that causes havoc in the neighborhood.

Dennis and the Open House 2/7/1960 - Dennis' house is mistaken for a nearby open house that is up for sale. (This was Margaret Wade's first episode.)

Dennis Runs Away 5/29/1960 - Dennis has nobody to play with after Joey goes home. Since nobody can drive him, he decides to walk to his grandfather's house in Emerson City but is stopped by the police. They then take him to the police station where he gets an ice cream cone and causes further havoc including putting cement in Mr. Wilson's bowling ball. (Billy Booth, who played Tommy first appeared but not yet as Tommy. Due to editing problems, this episode would be held and not shown until the end of the season)

Dennis and the Cowboy 12/27/1959 - Dennis meets Whip Crawford, his cowboy idol, after Mrs. Webster tells Dennis that Whip will be in the community pageant. (Mr. and Mrs. Wilson do not appear in this episode.)

Dennis Becomes a Baby Sitter 5/1/1960 - Dennis winds up babysitting a little boy who is a guest of the Wilsons after his father & Mr. Wilson mistakenly both cancel their respective sitters.

Dennis and the Signpost 10/11/1959 - Dennis and Tommy replace a fallen street signpost but fail to notice they've put it up with the street names facing in the wrong direction. (Tommy Anderson's first appearance. Also Mrs. Elkin's first appearance. While this was the eighth episode made in the Summer of 1959, it was the second episode to air.)

Grandpa and Miss Cathcart 10/25/1959 - Dennis tries to fix up his Grandpa Perkins with Miss Cathcart. (Miss Cathcart's first appearance)

Innocents in Space 11/1/1959 - Mr. Wilson thinks he has discovered a space satellite when the Martians are actually Dennis, Tommy, Joey, and the rest of the gang.

Dennis' Garden 11/8/1959 - Dennis mistakes Mr. Wilson's dahlia bulbs. for sweet potatoes, and, after his bedtime, he switches the sweet potatoes for dahlia bulbs.

The New Neighbors 11/15/1959 - Dennis helps Mr. Wilson sell a neighbor's house.

Tenting Tonight 11/22/1959 - Dennis and Tommy camp out in the backyard.

Dennis Sells Bottles 11/29/1959 - Dennis thinks his dad is broke, so he sells bottles in an attempt to make some extra money. (Mr. and Mrs. Wilson do not appear in this episode.)

Mr. Wilson's Award 12/6/1959 - Dennis starts a rumor that he and his family are moving to New York in order to keep Mr. Wilson in town for an award he is to receive.

The Christmas Story (aka Dennis & Christmas) 12/20/1959 - Dennis is going crazy trying to find his gifts including a new sled.

Dennis Haunts a House 1/3/1960 - Mr. Wilson becomes suspicious when he hears noises caused by Dennis and his friends who've set up their clubhouse in a crawl space underneath his house.

'Dennis' Tree House 1/10/1960 - Mr. Wilson attempts to teach Dennis about bird watching, and Dennis takes care of a sick bird.

Dennis and the Rare Coin (aka "The Fountain") 1/17/1960 - Mr. Wilson purchases a rare coin for $250.00, but Mrs. Wilson, without realizing what it is, lets Dennis take it to use in a wishing well, which was the town fountain.

Dennis and the Bike 1/24/1960 - When his parents won't buy him his own bicycle, Dennis attempts to get one on his own.

Dennis and the Swing 2/21/1960 - Henry tries to take Alice out for their anniversary. Meanwhile, Dennis tries to build a swing in his yard and ends up chasing a cat up a tree in the process.

Dennis and the Dog 2/28/1960 - Dennis cares for a dog named Charlie who wins a prize for his painting!

Mr. Wilson's Sister (aka "Pieces Of Eight") 3/6/1960 - Dennis meets Mr. Wilson's sister, Helen. Helen brings George a book he had as a child, Treasure Island. He reads the book to Dennis and Tommy, and they become fascinated with buried treasure. (Joey Mcdonald's last appearance)

Dennis and the TV Set 3/13/1960 - Dennis hears about Mr. Wilson getting a remote control for his television set and is fascinated. He uses his friend's remote to operate Mr. Wilson's television from his [Dennis'] house, and Mr. Wilson can't understand what's happening.

Dennis Creates a Hero 3/20/1960 - Dennis asks a reporter to write a story about his dad with hopes of getting his picture in the paper.

Dennis' Paper Drive 4/10/1960 - Dennis and Tommy collect newspapers for a paper drive that will reward the boy who collects the most with a silver dollar.

Dennis and the Bees 4/17/1960 - Dennis and Tommy learn that Opie might have to move because his bees can't find honey. The boys move Mr. Wilson's indoor flowers outside to attract the bees, and Dennis has a plan to attract even more.

Alice's Birthday 4/24/1960 - Dennis' father Henry will be out of town for Alice's (Dennis' mother's) birthday, so he gives Dennis some money and tells him to see that his mother has a nice day.

Dennis and the Starlings 5/8/1960 - Mr. Wilson has a bunch of starlings in his tree and wants to get rid of them. Dennis eventually gets rid of the starlings by putting liver in Mr. Wilson's tree which attracts a lot of cats.

The Party Line 5/15/1960 - The Driscolls are new neighbors, but problems arise as their phone is on the same line as the Mitchells'

Dennis by Proxy 5/22/1960 - After hearing that the city is tearing down Mr. Dorfman's "Postman's Rest" bench in favor of a parking lot, Dennis and Tommy offer him use of their private bench they plan to build.

Miss Cathcart's Sunsuit 6/12/1960 - Dennis and Tommy try to sell Valentine's Day cards in July to buy swim fins.

1960-1961 Season

Out of Retirement 10/2/1960 - Mr. Wilson gets a visit from his former boss from Pittsburgh who offers Mr. Wilson back his old job.

Dennis and the Wedding 10/9/1960 - Mr. Wilson's niece is getting married and asks Dennis to be the ring bearer.

Dennis and the Radio Set 10/16/1960 - Mr. Wilson gives Dennis an old radio set that he accidentally bid on at an auction.

Dennis and the Ham-pher 10/23/1960 - Dennis gets what he thinks is a hamster, but it turns out to be a gopher that escapes from its cage and almost ruins Mr. Wilson's yard.

The Stock Certificate 10/30/1960 - Mr. Wilson has a stock certificate worth $500 and hides it from Dennis by putting it in his phone book.

Man of the House 11/6/1960 - Dennis tries to take care of his sick mother while his father is out of town.

The Rock Collection 11/13/1960 - Dennis starts a rock collection and ends up finding what he thinks is real gold on Mr. Wilson's lot.

Henry and Togetherness 11/20/1960 - Mr. Wilson tricks Henry out of playing golf so that he'll spend more time with Dennis, and Dennis won't bother Mr. Wilson. Meanwhile, Dennis and Tommy try to deal with a hole Dennis put in the fish tank.

Paint-up, Clean-up Week 11/27/1960 - Dennis is very upset because he doesn't know how to whistle, so he spends all day trying to learn.

Dennis Learns to Whistle 12/4/1960 - Dennis is very upset because he doesn't know how to whistle, so he spends all day trying to learn.

The Raffle Ticket 12/18/1960 - Mr. Wilson is conducting a car raffle for his lodge, and Dennis wants to win the car for his mother.

The Christmas Horse 12/25/1960 - Dennis wants a horse for Christmas & gets a record player instead. So, on Christmas Day, he goes around the neighborhood trying to find what he thinks is his horse

Dennis' Allowance 1/1/1961 - Dennis asks his father for an allowance of $0.25 per week. Henry says he'll give it to him with the condition that he learns the value of money first by earning it himself.

Dennis' Penny Collection 1/8/1961 - Mr. Wilson helps Dennis start a penny collection. However, Mr. Wilson fears that Dennis having a penny collection is going to be trouble for himself.

Dennis, the Campaign Manager 1/15/1961 - Dennis convinces Mr. Wilson to run for park commissioner so that he'll open the park all week long instead of just the weekend.

Miss Cathcart's Friend 1/22/1961 - Dennis wants to find Miss Cathcart a best friend, so he gets her a dog from the pound. However, the dog's owner is looking for him and ends up showing up at Miss Cathcart's house before Dennis brings the dog over to her. She mistakenly thinks that the guy is the friend instead of the dog

Pythias Was a Piker 1/29/1961 - Dennis is to write a composition for school about his best friend, and he chooses Mr. Wilson.

Dennis and the Saxophone 2/5/1961 - Tommy has a saxophone that he doesn't want, so Dennis wants to buy it from Tommy's mother. When Mr. Wilson learns that Dennis is going to ask Henry to buy it for him, Mr. Wilson tries to talk Henry out of it.

Wilson Sleeps Over 2/12/1961 - Dennis accidentally knocks over a bottle which fumigates the Wilsons' house, so the Wilsons stay at the Mitchells' for the night. Mr. Wilson walks in his sleep.

Dennis' Birthday 2/19/1961 - Mr. Wilson puts on a magic show for Dennis' birthday and asks Spring Byington (Staring on December Bride)to be his assistant.

Dennis Goes to Camp 2/26/1961 - Mr. Wilson takes Dennis and his friends to a camp for a day, and they end up stranded there for a week after a storm takes out a bridge.

Dennis' Tool Chest 3/5/1961 - Miss Cathcart's cat is accidentally locked in the trunk of Mr. Wilson's car.

The Going Away Gift 3/12/1961 - Dennis gets his mother a going-away present and hides it on Mr. Wilson's closet shelf. Mrs. Wilson finds it and thinks it is a gift for her from Mr. Wilson.

Dennis and the Fishing Rod 3/19/1961 - Dennis wants to buy a fishing rod for his father and tries to purchase it with a $50.00 Confederate bill.

Dennis and the Good Example 3/26/1961 - Dennis decides he wants a bird, but he knows that once his dad sees his report card, he won't get it. So his dad does agree to reward Dennis if he brings home a better report card next term.

Dennis' Obligation 4/2/1961 - Dennis brings home chicken eggs to take care of for a school project but ends up taking them over to the Wilsons' house because of a power outage at the Mitchells'.

The Dog Trainer 4/9/1961 - Dennis trains Mr. Wilson's dog, Fremont, but the training backfires when Fremont will only listen to Dennis and ignores Mr. Wilson.

Woodman, Spare That Tree 4/16/1961 - Mr. Wilson drops a hundred-dollar bill, and a crow picks it up and flies away with it. He later finds it in an old tree in a park which the park commissioner is going to cut down.

The Boy Wonder 4/23/1961 - Mr. Wilson builds a barbecue in his backyard with help from Dennis' friend, Fred Baines

The Soapbox Derby 4/30/1961 - Dennis enters a soapbox derby, and Mr. Wilson accidentally ends up being the one driving Dennis' car in the race.

Dennis and the Camera 5/7/1961 - Mr. Wilson is supposed to take a picture of a plant that blooms at night but ends up dozing off when the time comes. Luckily, Dennis takes the picture of the flower for him.

Dennis and the Miracle Plant Food 5/14/1961 - Dennis accidentally steps on one of Mr. Wilson's plants. He buys Mr. Wilson a replacement and plants it in his flower bed without Mr. Wilson knowing. When Mr. Wilson sees the plant, which is much larger than the one that was there originally, he is convinced that the new miracle plant food he invented is the cause of the growth.

Dennis' Newspaper 5/21/1961 - Dennis overhears Mr. Wilson saying that he wishes he had his raccoon coat back. Dennis gives the story to the newspaper and, as a result, all day, people bring Mr. Wilson raccoon coats.

Mr. Wilson's Paradise 5/28/1961 - Mr. Wilson wants to go to the Island of Happiness in Mexico but changes his mind when he hears that his niece is going to have a baby.

The Fortune Cookie 6/4/1961 - Mr. Wilson gets a fortune cookie that reads "beware of tomorrow" and is convinced that the fortune will come true.

The Pioneers 6/11/1961 - Dennis, his father, and Mr. Wilson camp out to prove to Mr. Krinkie that they can live off of the land like the pioneers.

Father's Day for Mr. Wilson 6/18/1961 - Dennis decides to give Mr. Wilson his own father's day which, in the end, turns out very well after Dennis gets Mr. Wilson out of a lawsuit concerning his dog, Fremont.

Dennis and the Picnic 6/25/1961 - Dennis' father finds a bag of money in the gutter. He calls Mr. Wilson to witness what he's found, and they take it to the police station. They later learn that the money is counterfeit.

1961-1962 Season

Trouble from Mars 10/1/1961 - Mr. Wilson accidentally gets Dennis' space helmet stuck on his head.

Best Neighbor 10/8/1961 - Dennis and Mr. Wilson camp out on a mountain so that Dennis can join the Junior Pathfinders club.

Keep Off the Grass 10/15/1961 - Henry gets a ticket for walking on the grass in the park. When Mr. Wilson hears about it, he thinks it isn't fair, so he convinces Henry to go to court and contest it.

Mr. Wilson's Safe 10/22/1961 - Dennis uses numbers for a football play that are the combination to Mr. Wilson's safe, so Mr. Wilson and Henry get Dennis so confused that he forgets the combination. Unfortunately, Mr. Wilson forgets it, as well, and he has something very important locked inside.

Haunted House 10/29/1961 - George and Henry purchase a house as an income property and later find out that it is known to be haunted. They are unable to get their money back, so they set out to prove that it isn't haunted.

The School Play 11/5/1961 - Mr. Wilson ends up being in a play at Dennis' school after he and Tommy, who is in the play, get handcuffed together before the play starts.

The Fifty-Thousandth Customer 11/12/1961 - Mr. Finch is having a contest in which his store's fifty-thousandth customer of the year will win five minutes of free shopping. Mr. Wilson is determined to be the winner.

Dennis and the Pee Wee League 11/19/1961 - Mr. Wilson coaches Dennis' Pee Wee League baseball team because Henry, the team's original coach, becomes ill.

Mr. Wilson's Inheritance 11/26/1961 - Mr. Wilson receives an inheritance from his aunt and thinks about starting a foundation to help the less fortunate.

Dennis Is a Genius 12/3/1961 - A mix up in grading the school IQ test mistakenly labels Dennis a genius.

The Lucky Piece 12/17/1961 - Mr. Wilson tricks Dennis into taking a silver coin that reads "good luck" and has a horseshoe on it instead of a half-dollar that he owes Dennis for mowing his lawn.

The Fifteen-Foot Christmas Tree 12/24/1961 - Dennis, Henry, and Mr. Wilson go out in the woods and cut down a big Christmas tree that almost ends up getting destroyed before they get it home.

Dennis' Bank Account 12/31/1961 - Dennis wants to open an account at the bank where Mr. Wilson is temporarily working in the new-accounts department.

Through Thick and Thin 1/7/1962 - Dennis' cub scout troupe is putting on a circus, and Dennis convinces Mr. Wilson to be the lion. He tells Mr. Wilson that nobody has to know he's the one inside the costume

Calling All Bird Lovers 1/14/1962- Mr. Wilson holds a bird lovers session at his home where a woman does bird calls that sound like real birds.

Silence Is Golden 1/21/1962 - Mr. Wilson agrees to give Dennis his magnifying glass as long as he doesn't say a word to him or around him for the rest of the day. Henry and Alice had, also, told Dennis that he talks too much, so he doesn't speak around them, either.

Dennis Has a Fling 1/28/1962 - Dennis is put on the spot when he asks both Mr. Wilson and Mr. MacTavish to represent Scotland for his school project.

Frog Jumping Contest 2/4/1962 - Dennis enters his frog in a frog-jumping contest with Mr. Wilson as his partner. Mr. Wilson bets Sgt. Mooney that Dennis' frog will beat Mooney's.

Where There's a Will 2/11/1962 - Mr. Wilson decides to leave Dennis a gold watch in his will. Soon after, Mr. Wilson begins to feel old and is convinced that he has a short time to live. (This episode airs days before the actor playing Mr. Wilson, Joseph Kearns, actually passes away. He does air in the next few episodes because they were made prior to his death.)

Mr. Wilson's Uncle 2/18/1962 - George's uncle, Ned, comes to visit and convinces George that he isn't in shape. Ned starts a physical fitness program and forces George and Henry to participate.

A Quiet Evening 2/25/1962 - Mr. Wilson plans to have a quiet evening at home, but his plans change when Henry needs a sitter for Dennis. Mr. Wilson is talked into being a sitter for Dennis, Margaret, and Seymour.

The Private Eye 3/4/1962 - Mr. Wilson's wallet is taken by a pick-pocket, so Dennis and Tommy try to help the police find the crook.

Mr. Wilson's Housekeeper 3/11/1962 - Mr. Wilson hires a housekeeper for Mrs. Wilson but soon regrets it when the housekeeper tries to tell Mr. Wilson what he can and cannot do in his own home.

A Dog's Life 3/18/1962 - A big shaggy dog follows Mr. Wilson home from the market.

Dennis' Documentary Film 3/25/1962 - Dennis enlists the help of Mr. Wilson in creating a documentary film of the town for Dennis' school project.

Horseless Carriage Club 4/1/1962 - George buys a 1912 Winton to enter into the Horseless Carriage Road Race with the intent of winning the race and becoming president of he and Henry's chapter of the Horseless Carriage Club.

Junior Pathfinders Ride Again 4/8/1962 - An Indian fire-starting demonstration is to take place for Dennis' Junior Pathfinders club, but the person who is to do perform the demonstration hurts his back. Mr. Wilson, trying to get into the Pioneer Club, is volunteered to be the replacement Indian chief and has to start a fire by rubbing together two sticks.

The Treasure Chest 4/15/1962 - Mr. Wilson buys a treasure chest at an auction thinking that it has a pirate's treasure in it. When he gets it open and discovers nothing valuable, he tells Dennis that he can do whatever he wants with it.

Wilson Goes to the Dentist 4/29/1962 - Mr. Wilson has a dentist's appointment but is frightened to go there.

The Man Next Door 5/6/1962 - Mr. Wilson thinks his next-door neighbor is the stocking bandit and tries to prove it. (This episode was filmed the day Joseph Kearns, who played Mr. Wilson, actually dies. It's the last episode with the original Mr. Wilson.)

Dennis and the Dodger 5/13/1962 - Mr. Quigley is chosen to be the coach of the town's pee-wee baseball team. The mayor agrees to give the team new uniforms if Quigley can get Sandy Koufax and the Dodgers to play an exhibition game in town (Mr. and Mrs. Wilson do not appear in this episode.)

Dennis' Lovesick Friend 5/20/1962 - Dennis helps Mr. Wilson's Uncle Ned plant flower bulbs in his yard in order to get out of playing house with Margaret. (Mr. Wilson does not appear in this episode while Mrs. Wilson does.)

John Wilson's Cushion 5/27/1962 - George Wilson's brother, John, comes to stay with Martha while George is out of town. John is a writer but has trouble working without his old seat cushion. (This marks Gale Gordon's debut as Mr. John Wilson, George's brother. In real life the actor playing George had passed away. On the episode, however, its stated that Mr. George Wilson is away on business and John is a guest of the Wilsons.)

John Wilson Wins a Chicken 6/3/1962 - After selling a rare 1919 dime for $150, Mr. Wilson buys 10 raffle tickets from Dennis and ends up winning a chicken. When he wants to cook the chicken for dinner, Dennis and his friends try to talk him out of it

The Bully 6/10/1962 - After being picked on by the school bully, Alice makes Dennis promise not to fight. As a result, the bully gives Dennis a black eye. Henry gives Dennis the go-ahead to fight back next time, so Mr. Wilson teaches Dennis how to fight.

The Club Initiation 6/17/1962 - Dennis wants to join an older boys' club, but, in order to do so, he has to go through an initiation.

Community Picnic 6/24/1962 - Mr. Brady and Tiny, an employee at his store, challenge Henry and John to compete against them in the sporting events at an upcoming community picnic.

Dennis and the Witch Doctor 7/1/1962 - Mr. Wilson is writing a magazine article about voodoo. Dennis gets the wrong idea and tells the whole neighborhood that Mr. Wilson is a witch doctor. (the last episode with Mrs. Martha Wilson, who moves away with George. John buys the house.)

1962-1963 Season

The Chinese Girl 9/30/1962 - Dennis becomes fast friends with a girl from Hong Kong that is staying with the Wilsons. (This marks the debut of Eloise Wilson, John Wilson's wife. They now live in the house formerly occupied by George and Martha as if they had always been the sole Mr. and Mrs. Wilson.)

You Go Your Way 10/7/1962 - Dennis hears the Wilsons argue and spreads the news around the neighborhood. Soon, some of the neighbors think that the Wilsons have split up. Dennis and the Circular Circumstances 10/14/1962 - Mrs. Elkins turns Dennis down for a job delivering circulars for her campaign, but Mr. Wilson agrees to help Dennis get it.

The Little Judge 10/21/1962 - Sgt. Mooney gives Mr. Wilson a summons after a complaint from Mrs. Elkins for an alleged violation of a town ordinance. So Mr. Wilson requests a trial, which occurs on "Children's Day in Court" - the day he designated for the children of the town to run the court and Dennis is the judge.

Poor Mr. Wilson 10/28/1962 - Mr. Wilson's money falls through a hole in his pocket while he was at Quigley's market and, thus, cannot pay Dennis for washing his car. Dennis misinterprets "the market" as referring to the stock market rather than the food market and assumes Mr. Wilson is broke.

Dennis in Gypsyland 11/4/1962 - Mr. Wilson's article about gypsies is returned with the request that he, first, get to know them and research them further before submitting another. Therefore, he dresses in full gypsy attire and travels on a donkey to a local gypsy camp in order to best observe them. Wilson performs a gesture that, unbeknownst to him, is a wedding proposal to a woman at the camp.

The New Principal 11/11/1962 - Dennis and his school's new principal get off on the wrong foot after the principal takes a remark about his height the wrong way. He threatens to kick Dennis off the baseball team if he observes any further impudence.

San Diego Safari 11/18/1962 - Mr. Wilson is selected to pick up a chimpanzee from the San Diego Zoo, so both the Wilsons and the Mitchells take a trip to the zoo.

Dennis at Boot Camp 11/25/1962 - Mr. Wilson's nephew visits him in San Diego and gives Mr. Wilson and Dennis a ride in his navy truck - something against navy regulation. Mr. Wilson and Dennis hide in the back of the truck when Mr. Wilson's nephew has to pick up one of his officers. Mr. Wilson and Dennis are unable to get out of the truck and are brought back to the naval base.

Henry's New Job 12/2/1962 - Henry is thinking of getting a new job that would relocate him and his family to a country called Calpuna near the Ganges River for three years. Dennis does what he can to prevent this from happening including running away from home.

Wilson's Second Childhood 12/16/1962 - Mr. Wilson hangs out and plays with Dennis and his friends for the day to gather information for a magazine article about the changing behaviors of children.

Jane Butterfield Says 12/23/1962 - Mr. Wilson takes over an advice-to-the-lovelorn newspaper column for a few weeks. He thinks he will have every single woman in town happily married by the time he finishes.

Dennis and the Hermit 12/30/1962 - Dennis visits a hermit that lives in a shack out in his woods. Mr. Wilson thinks that the hermit fought in the Civil War, so he tries to get his life story.

My Uncle Ned 1/6/1963 - Mr. Wilson has written a book about his Uncle Ned's life. Ned, however, does not want the book to be published because certain parts of it, he claims, are not true.

Junior Astronaut 1/13/1963 - Mr. Wilson is named chairman of a saving-stamps campaign for the Junior Astronauts. As chairman, he arranges a contest at Dennis' school in which the student who collects the most stamps wins a trip to Cape Canaveral to meet an astronaut.

Wilson's Little White Lie 1/20/1963 - Mr. Wilson tells Dennis he isn't feeling well just to get Dennis to leave him alone. Dennis spreads the word leading everyone to believe that Mr. Wilson is very sick.

'Dennis, the Rain Maker 1/27/1963 - Henry desperately wants to get out of playing golf with his boss and says he'd give $10.00 for a rain storm. Mr. Wilson gives Dennis a book called Secrets of the Indian Rain Dance, and he and his friends decide to give it a try.

The Creature with the Big Feet 2/3/1963 - Mr. Wilson sees large footprints in his yard caused by Dennis' new novelty shoes and thinks they may be from a monster that has been reported in the newspaper. Mr. Wilson vows to capture the supposed monster.

Dennis, the Confused Cupid 2/10/1963 - Dennis is interested in learning about love. His parents and Mr. and Mrs. Wilson both tell him how wonderful love is, but he just doesn't understand.

Dennis Goes to Washington 2/17/1963 - Dennis is appointed by the mayor to go to Washington to ask their senator to support the creation of a national forest at nearby Hickory Mountain. Mr. Wilson goes along to cover the story and thinks his contacts there will be the thing that allows the idea of a forest to be realized.

The Big Basketball Game 2/24/1963 - Dennis' basketball team's star player, Stretch, quits the team after Johnny Brady and some of the other players constantly make fun of him and make him feel unwanted. Dennis makes a plea to Mr. Quigley to talk to Stretch in an attempt to persuade him to rejoin the team.

Wilson's Allergy 3/3/1963 - Mr. Wilson is convinced that he is allergic to Dennis because he sneezes every time he is around. Henry and Alice realize that Dennis has changed his bath soap recently, so he takes a bath with his old soap to see if that is the problem. Mr. Wilson still sneezes, so he tells Dennis that they'll have to stay away from each other from now on.

Baby Booties 3/10/1963 - Mrs. Wilson knits several baby booties to use as golf club covers for a new set of clubs she bought for Mr. Wilson's birthday. Dennis sees the booties, and Tommy says it means that Mr. and Mrs. Wilson are going to have a baby. Dennis quickly spreads the word around the neighborhood. Word gets back to Mr. Wilson, and he thinks it may be true.

My Four Boys 3/17/1963 - Mr. Wilson enters an essay contest that requires the entrants to be parents. When he wins the contest, he tries to pass off Dennis and his friends as his own children.

Dennis and the Homing Pigeons 3/24/1963 - Dennis and Tommy decide to use pigeons in the park to send messages to each other. Mrs. Wilson gives Dennis a scratch pad to use for the notes without knowing that Mr. Wilson had an important stock tip written on the pad. Dennis attaches the page with the tip to a pigeon and releases it. Mr. Wilson and Henry, whom also wishes to buy some of the stock, attempt to get it back.

A Tax on Cats 3/31/1963 - Mr. Wilson becomes a cat catcher for the police department to help enforce a cat license law.

The Uninvited Guest 4/7/1963 - With Henry away in New York on business and Alice having to spend the night with Henry's mother, Dennis stays with the Wilsons for a night.

Dennis Plays Robin Hood 4/14/1963 - Dennis and his friends decide to play Robin Hood. Dennis takes Mr. Wilson's lawn edger to use on his own lawn. Mr. Wilson sees Mrs. Elkins using an edger she had recently purchased. Thinking it's his and that she had stolen it from him, he takes it back when she leaves to answer the phone.

The Three F's 4/21/1963 - Property taxes have risen, and Mr. Wilson thinks the reason is that the school is wasting money on nonessential programs and luxuries. So the principal to invite Mr. Wilson to spend the day as a regular student.

Never Say Dye 4/28/1963 A famous actress commissions Mr. Wilson to write her life story thinking he is a "young, vigorous author with a youthful point-of-view." He buys some hair dye in an attempt to look younger and asks Dennis to bring it to his house for him. The bottle falls out of the box and breaks on the sidewalk, so he and Tommy replace it with a bottle of Tommy's mother's dye thinking it's the same thing. An unsuspecting Mr. Wilson proceeds to use the dye on his entire head.

The Lost Dog 5/5/1963 - Dennis finds a stray dog and, since the pound is closed until the next morning, Henry allows the dog to stay in their house for the night. The dog causes nothing but trouble including barking in the basement, jumping on Henry's bed, and chasing Mr. Wilson up a tree.

Kelly's Kids 5/5/1963 - The Mitchells' neighbors adopt an orphaned boy and his two friends, one of which is Afro-American and the other is American Indian. Another neighbor, Mrs. Payne, tries to get help from the Mitchells avert the adoption when they find out. But the adoption occurs when the Mitchells refuse to help the old lady do such a thing. (Mr. and Mrs. Wilson do not appear. Neither does Tommy or other friends of Dennis. In fact, Dennis only appears for less than a minute. This episode was to be a pilot of another series CBS was planning to begin to make later that year. But the show never got past planning stages. Ten years later, it would be remade again, as an episode of The Brady Bunch, with the same title but again did not get picked up as a series.)

Tuxedo Trouble 5/12/1963 - Dennis and his friends start a laundry service using Mrs. Elkins' old washing machine. Dennis offers to take Mr. Wilson's tuxedo to the cleaners but decides to try to remove a stain himself. While Dennis is away, Seymour throws the tuxedo in the washing machine with other children's dirty laundry. To cover himself, Dennis decides to give Mr. Wilson Henry's tuxedo to use.

Hawaiian Love Song 5/19/1963 - Mrs. Wilson is angry with Mr. Wilson because she thinks he's not taking her to Hawaii for their anniversary even though he promised to. He really is taking her, though, and has the plane tickets mailed to the Mitchells' so that Mrs. Wilson won't discover them. When Alice gets the envelope, she thinks that Henry has used the money from his bonus to buy them tickets to Hawaii.

The Lucky Rabbit's Foot 5/26/1963 - Dennis has what he thinks is a lucky rabbit's foot. With recent bad luck Mr. Wilson has been having, Dennis offers to let him borrow the foot. Mr. Wilson, however, doesn't believe in such superstition and doesn't take the foot. Immediately thereafter, his bad luck continues when something jams his lawnmower, and he runs over his garden hose with the mower.

Listen to the Mockingbird 6/2/1963 - Mr. Wilson and Mrs. Elkins are each running for president of the Birdwatchers Society. The first mockingbird of Spring has made its nest in Mr. Wilson's backyard, and its chirping keeps him up at night.

First Editions 6/9/1963 - Henry tells Dennis to get rid of his massive comic book collection, so he decides to sell them. Meanwhile, Mr. Wilson wants to buy a new camera, but Mrs. Wilson says the only way he can do it is to sell his first-edition books.

A Man Among Men 6/16/1963 - While Henry is out of town, Dennis takes his place and tries to do everything his father would do. Meanwhile, Mr. Wilson has a book of magazine articles he has written published and plans to give all of the proceeds to the Red Cross. He tries to get a window display for his book at the local book store, but the owner gets the idea that Mr. Wilson is a greedy man who only wants to make money for himself.

Aunt Emma Visits the Wilsons 7/7/1963 - When Mr. Wilson's Aunt Emma pays him a visit, she takes an instant liking to Dennis. This causes Mr. Wilson to fear that she will make Dennis her heir instead of him.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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