Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Dennis in Santa's Village
From Dennis the Menace Giant Christmas Issue #6, 1958, a Fred Toole/Al Wiseman Christmas story.
Dennis is in hyperactive mode for Christmas, and his parents have to appease him. Those of you with small children will appreciate this story. I read it when I was a kid, but didn't recognize myself until I had a kid of my own.
Wiseman's art is great, as always, and Fred Toole's story is full of gags. This 100-page Dennis, which I've hung onto since I bought it 51 years ago, is one of the best kids' comics I own. With their eyes for detail, Toole and Wiseman have captured the essence of being a kid at Christmas.