65 Years Young! Dennis the Menace exhibition celebrates the eternal wild child

  
The nation’s favourite wildchild, Dennis the Menace, turns 65 this month and an exhibition of screenprints featuring him is being held to celebrate in London.
The iconic character from The Beano comic created by David Law made his appearance in the edition dated 17th March 1951.

65 years later, he’s still going strong – and has become the star of TV, children’s books … and handmade, limited edition screenprints. 

Artist John Patrick Reynolds, whose fab work we’ve featured before on downthetubes, is staging a show at The Showcase, 33-35 St John’s Square, London EC1M 4DS from Tuesday March 29 until Sunday 3rd April. 

He is the first and only screenprinter to be given permission by The Beano publisher, DC Thomson, to select images for his work from their extensive archive. 

“We all grew up with Dennis the Menace and the nation has taken him to its heart, we identify with his anarchic rumbunctious approach to life,” said Reynolds, “so it’s a pleasure and a privilege to be his official screenprinter.”

Reynolds will be producing a special edition of the very first Dennis the Menace strip to exhibit and sell at his show. 

• You can see Reynolds’s range of screenprints – which also include other classic comic characters – at www.thecomicartwebsite.com

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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