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Dennis the Menace bowls at Walter the Softie
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Dennis the Menace bowls at Walter the Softie – and see how Walter quakes.
It is predictable that when Dennis the Menace plays cricket, he’s a fast bowler – even if he does still wear his stripey football jersey.
Dennis the Menace, the star of The Beano comic, first appeared in 1951. He has since become a kind of national mascot – what Asterix is to France, or Oor Wullie is to Scotland and Mickey Mouse is to the US. Dennis has something of the individuality and punky inventiveness that could be said to characterise us in Britain. And there are other qualities which are not necessarily blessings – Dennis is also sometimes uncooperative, bloody-minded, selfish and destructive. I rather like this rough-and-ready aspect to him. So when Dennis bowls at Walter the Softie, and Walter quakes, that’s the side of Dennis which might not be very nice but is true to life. I think when Dennis first appeared in the early 1950s, this was what made him so popular.
One glimpse of his red-and-white jersey – actually a football top – or his unruly hair immediately brings the lovable scamp to mind.
Dennis the Menace has gone through various phases since then, from the pocket-sized Satan of the 1950s, to the pugnacious youth of the 1960s and 1970s to the incorrigible imp of the 1990s.
In the early 1960s, he was joined by his Abyssinian wire-haired tripe house, Gnasher. Gnasher seems to be made of the same kind of thing as Dennis the Menace’s hair – the untamed explosion of black hair symbolic of the chaos they bring to the world.
He is a gift to the screenprinter, from a graphic point of view, with his red-and-white sriped jersey and explosion of black hair.
Standard size: 25cms x 19cms.
Medium: 48cms x 38cms.
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Handmade, limited edition screen print on mould-made, cotton paper.
Signed and numbered out of 200 in pencil by the printer, John Patrick Reynolds
© D.C. Thomson & Co., Ltd.