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Dennis the Menace fires his catapult
£ 40.00 – £ 360.00
Dennis the Menace fires his catapult – his weapon of choice.
I love the curl of his lip.
This is a detail of a panel which appeared in The Beano Annual in the 1960s.
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.
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 pugnatious 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 embody.
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: 25cm x 19cm – NEW EDITION WITH RED BACKGROUND
Medium size: 48cms x 38cms. NB WITH WHITE BACKGROUND
Large size: 76cms x 56cms. NB WITH WHITE BACKGROUND
Handmade, limited edition screen print on mould-made, cotton paper.
Screenprint officially approved by The Beano publisher, DC Thomson.
Signed and numbered out of 200 in pencil by the printer, John Patrick Reynolds
© D.C. Thomson & Co., Ltd.