Dennis the Menace debuted on March 12, 1951.* Ever since that fateful day, we have been forced to endure the endless bland "adventures" of this small blond child and his idiot friends. Josh Fruhlinger, the evil genius in charge of The Comics Curmudgeon, has often observed that Dennis is not the least bit menacing. Perhaps his most menacing moment ever came a few weeks ago, when the kid cheerfully urinated in a public swimming pool. Otherwise, Dennis tends to wander around eatin' hot dogs and bangin' on his drum. Someday, I shall find and drown him.
This particular strip gets the medieval treatment because it is, in subject and theme, rather too similar to the Family Circus comic I attacked a few days ago. What's with these one-panel thingies and their smug attitudes towards mothers and grandmothers (not) playing football? The ladies don't chuck around the ol' pigskin, but they're still okay! Har! Har! Har!
Get medieval, Dennis:
*Random Trivia of the Day: Three days later, another strip named Dennis the Menace debuted in Britain. It is still running. It has absolutely nothing to do with the American Dennis the Menace. Some fun character names: Gnasher, Rasher, Dasher, Nipper, Curly, Pie Face, Walter the Softy, Spotty Perkins, Bertie Blenkinsop, Sgt. Slipper, and Foo Foo. I am deriving all this information from Wikipedia. Kids, don't try this at home.