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Hank Ketcham

Hank Ketcham Signed Original Dennis the Menace Sketch

Colorful original sketch of the comic character Dennis the Menace drawn in green ink, then inscribed and signed by its creator, Hank Ketcham. Also “signed” by Dennis in red. On light beige 4″ x 6″ card stock.

Hank Ketcham started in the business as an animator for Walter Lantz and eventually Walt Disney, where he worked on Pinocchio, Fantasia, Bambi and several Donald Duck shorts. In 1951, he started Dennis The Menace, based on his own four-year-old son Dennis Ketcham. Ketcham was in his studio in October 1950, when his wife burst in complaining that their four-year-old, Dennis, had wrecked his bedroom instead of napping. “Your son is a menace,” she shouted. Thus are great ideas born.

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. When he retired from drawing the daily, Ketcham’s former assistants, Marcus Hamilton and Ron Ferdinand, took over. At the time of Ketcham’s death, Dennis the Menace was distributed to more than 1,000 newspapers in 48 countries and 19 languages. As of 2016 the comic strip is still in distribution.