Dennis the Menace debuted in 1951 as a daily, syndicated newspaper comic strip that was originally created, written, and illustrated by Hank Ketcham.

Today the strip is written and drawn by Ketcham’s former assistants, Marcus Hamilton, Ron Ferdinand and his son Scott Ketcham.


The comic strip became so successful that it was adapted to other popular media, including several television shows, both live-action and animated, and several feature films.