Hank Ketcham with his son Dennis, on whom the cartoon was based
Henry King Ketcham (March 14, 1920 – June 1, 2001)
Hank Ketcham was a Painter and cartoonist who created Dennis
the Menace comic strip in 1951. Ketcham was born in Seattle,
Washington and dropped out of the University of Washington
after one year and hitchhiked to California, hoping to work for
the Disney studios.