• Hank Ketcham

    United States

    Art Brokerage: Hank Ketcham American Artist: b. 1920-2001. Henry King Ketcham (March 14, 1920 – June 1, 2001) was an American cartoonist who created the Dennis the Menace comic strip, writing and drawing it from 1951 to 1994, when he retired from drawing the daily cartoon and took up painting full-time in his home studio. In 1953, he received the Reuben Award for the strip, which continues today in the hands of other cartoonists. Ketcham started in the business as an animator for Walter Lantz and eventually Walt Disney, where he worked on Pinocchio, Fantasia, Bambi, and several Donald Duck shorts. During World War II, Ketcham was a photographic specialist with the U.S. Navy Reserve. He also created the character Mr. Hook for the Navy during World War II, and four cartoons were made (one by Walter Lantz Productions, in color, and three by Warner Bros. Cartoons, in black and white). Also while in the Navy, he began a camp newspaper strip, Half Hitch, which ran in The Saturday Evening Post beginning in 1943. After World War II, he settled in Carmel, California, and began work as a freelance cartoonist. In 1951, he started Dennis the Menace, based on his own four-year-old son Dennis. Ketcham was in his studio in October 1950, when his first wife, Alice, burst into the studio and complained that their four-year-old, Dennis, had wrecked his bedroom instead of napping. \"Your son is a menace,\" she shouted. Within five months, 16 newspapers began carrying the adventures of the impish but innocent \"Dennis the Menace\". By May 1953, 193 newspapers in the United States and 52 in other countries were carrying the strip to 30 million readers. Listings wanted.

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Near-sighted Man in a Red Shirt 1982 18x13 Original Painting - Hank Ketcham

Hank Ketcham

Near-sighted Man in a Red Shirt 1982 18x13

Original Painting: Oil on Canvas, Hand Signed

Size: 13x11 in  | 33x28 cm
Framed Oil on Canvas - Inquire - Dennis the Menace
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