Cover of “Dennis the Menace in Hawaii” comic book • 1978
Comic character Dennis the Menace began in 1951, and is still being published in daily newspapers today. Starting out pretty much as an uncontrolled terrorist, Dennis has gradually evolved to being a mildly naughty boy. His popularity probably peaked when a live-action TV series of the same name ran from 1959 through 1963.
Dennis visited Hawaii in 6 separate comic books which were published from 1958 to 1979; the first one was popular enough to be reprinted 7 times over eight years. Shown here is Dennis’ visit to Maui in 1978.
Despite the illustration on the cover, Dennis doesn’t surf in this particular comic book.