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(early 1951) The "world's naughtiest boy" was born in 1951 on the back of a cigarette packet. When the comic's editor George Moonie heard a music hall song with the chorus "I'm Dennis the Menace from Venice" and ordered a character to fit the name.
Dennis the Menace-1951
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The first Dennis design lacks his famous striped jumper and instead sports a plain white shirt and a striped necktie.
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(May 1951-

September 1951

When David Law drew Dennis in March, his clothes looked a bit plain, and the only stripes were on his necktie. So, in May 1951,

Dennis was given black and white stripes. It would be three months till he would get red

added on to his jumper.

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In May 1951, Dennis sports his famous striped jumper. In September, Dennis gets a splash of red added to his distinctive jumper.



Dennis now has less hair and has no longer got his round nose. He also has thinner stripes for his jumper.
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Dennis the Menace-1954
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Dennis has now become taller, with a childish face.
Dennis the Menace-1960 v2
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Dennis has now considerably shrunk in size, and is given a meaner look.

He now has bigger eyes, a more bulbous nose and a broader chin. His mouth also is more joined to his nose.

Around 1964, Dennis becomes slightly taller.

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(September 1974)

Dennis the Menace-1980
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Dennis now changed drastically. Now he looks older, with a thuggish body and a mean look, keeping the grin behind his nose.
Dennis the Menace-1993
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Dennis is now given a minor change in his look, appearing more childish, his eyes are bigger, his grin is no longer behind his nose, and his body is a little smaller.
Dennis the Menace (1996)

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Dennis the Menace (1998)
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In the Parkins era, Dennis mostly kept his looks, but his eyes are now slightly bigger, and his mouth is again joined to his nose.
Dennis the Menace (2003)
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In the Nigel Parkinson era, Dennis had a more "cartoony" look.
Dennis 2009
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For the new animated series that year, Dennis' look changed drastically. He is now more cartoony and not menacing, and he now has 4 fingers instead of 5. He also changed his personality, preferring fun over mischief, and no longer menacing everyone.
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This version looks like the one above but with some minor changes.

He now has white dots in his eyes.

Dennis and Gnasher B
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Dennis of the 21st Century
Beano (2016-) Dennis Now has a longer face, and the grin is not joined to his nose.
Dennis and Gnasher Unleashed


For the new CG television series , Dennis' look changed. He now had giant spikes on his hair and a communicator disguised as a rocket

badge. This design was only used on television.

Dennis on Christmas Jumper Day
The Beano Christmas Special (2018) For One Week only, Dennis wore a Gnasher Jumper to help Save the children.
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