Oh, Mister Wilson! Things You May Not Know About Dennis The Menace

Oh, Fiddlesticks! So you think you know everything there is to know about Dennis the Menace? Think again. In March 1951, the comic strip by Hank Ketcham debuted. Featuring the exploits of young Dennis, his friends, parents, and of course, his neighbor Mr. Wilson, Dennis the Menace was an instant hit and grew in popularity to be featured in newspapers across the country.

But it didn’t just win fans over in print. In 1959, based on the popularity of the comic, CBS aired the Dennis the Menace television series. The show might have been carefree but the creator, actors, and Jay North suffered greatly on set.

Jay North As Dennis the Menace


Jay North was the face of Dennis the Menace and quickly became one of the biggest child stars. His career didn’t stop after Dennis the Menace. He did voice work for the animated series The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show, which featured him as the latter role alongside actress Sally Struthers.

North starred in other movie roles during this time and continued acting into his adulthood. The show made him a household name but also came with its own set of pressures.