Wednesday, September 30, 2020

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Hank Ketcham Gag Cartoons Part Three 1943 - 1952

When it comes to comic strips, everyone knows Dennis the Menace. Hank Ketcham's bad boy has been around for generations. People don't know too much about Ketcham; his past and his pre-Dennis cartoons. Fortunately, Dick Buchanan has a clip file full of great information. Thanks and take it away, Dick!


Part Three
(1943 – 1952)

Hank Ketcham’s Dennis the Menace debuted on March 12, 1951, syndicated by Post-Hall in 16 newspapers. Two years later it was appearing in 193 papers in 58 countries. Although Ketcham retired in 1994, Dennis the Menace endures to this day, In 1953 Ketcham received the NCS Reuben Award for the strip in 1953.

Ketcham’s first work was as an animator for Walter Lantz and, later Disney. After the bitter animator’s strike in 1941, Ketcham was one of many artists who elected to pursue a career as freelance magazine gag cartoonists. During the 1940’s, even while serving in the Navy during WWII, Ketcham’s cartoons appeared in a slew of national magazines, including Collier’s, The Saturday Evening Post and The New Yorker.

Here, selected from the Cartoon Clip File’s Ketcham Folder, are some of Hank Ketcham’s gag cartoons . . .

1. HANK KETCHAM. Collier’s August 21, 1943.


2. HANK KETCHAM. The Saturday Evening Post September 25, 1943.


3. HANK KETCHAM. Collier’s December 25, 1943.


4. HANK KETCHAM. This Week Magazine November 5, 1944.

5. HANK KETCHAM. 1000 Jokes Magazine May – June, 1946.

6. HANK KETCHAM. American Legion Magazine November, 1946.


7. HANK KETCHAM Collier’s October 11, 1947.


8. HANK KETCHAM. Liberty Magazine October, 1947.


9. HANK KETCHAM. The Saturday Evening Post May 5, 1948.


10. HANK KETCHAM The Saturday Evening Post January 8, 1949.


11. HANK KETCHAM The Saturday Evening Post March 5, 1949.


12. HANK KETCHAM. The Saturday Evening Post May 28, 1949.


13. HANK KETCHAM. Collier’s April 1, 1950.


14. HANK KETCHAM. True Magazine June, 1950.


15. HANK KETCHAM. Collier’s February, 1951.


16. HANK KETCHAM. Colliers November 24, 1951.

17. HANK KETCHAM. True Magazine 1952.

Need more Ketcham? Dick has you covered:

Hank Ketcham Gag Cartoons



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