Wednesday, June 02, 2010


I'm not a expert on Hank Ketcham's ghost artists, but he seems to have a great staff of them. Here's one that's amazing.

This might be another. (if you recognize the artist(s) let us know!)
The Dennis the Menace comics have some of what I think are the most balanced, stylish and skilled cartoon art ever. Ketcham must have also schooled his assistants in the finer points of Milf art.

more later


David R said...

I like how the picture with Dennis's mom is labeled "MILF pretzels."

Esun said...

Hey John,

I always wondered about this:

Can cartoons or comics have funny drawings AND a serious, dramatic story?

JohnK said...

It's a free country, sure.

Cartoons have not been very good at it though.

RooniMan said...

Dennis's mom has something goingon there. (hmm, hmm!)

Anonymous said...

Dennis is a dirty boy. A very dirty boy...

Zorrilla said...


Osamu Tezuka's Black Jack

Mykal Banta said...

John: The postman panels look a whole lot like Owen Fitzgerald. -- Mykal

JohnK said...

Yeah, that's what I was thinking.

Archie said...

Hey John, how do you feel about the english Dennis character

John Paul Cassidy said...


Only BLACK JACK? You gotta' dig deeper!

Try the whole Osamu Tezuka catalog. That guy did a superb job of using cute & cartoony characters to tell very serious, even dark stories. That contrast really stuck to me when seeing more of his work as a teenager!

You can also add Shoutarou Ishinomori (another great Japanese cartoonist) to the list. Even as the creator of CYBORG 009, MASKED RIDER, KIKAIDER, INAZUMAN, GORANGER, et. al. (and holds the Guinness World Record for doing the most comic-book series in the world!), he, too, drew his characters all cartoony-looking and told some very serious and dramatic stories!

IIRC, cartoonists in Europe also have done this.


Hope the above was of help to you!