Royal Mail mark 70 years of Beano favourite Dennis the Menace with 10 new stamps

TEN new stamps will mark 70 years of Beano favourite Dennis the Menace.

Six will feature black and white images from a 1951 comic strip.

Four more drawings by Dennis artist Nigel Parkinson are from a specially-written strip.

Natasha Ayivor, of Royal Mail, said: "For seven decades Dennis has been entertaining children by getting into all manner of mischief and mayhem.

"Generations have experienced the excitement and anticipation of reading about Dennis's latest prank. Royal Mail is delighted to be honouring Dennis and Gnasher with a set of stamps as the ultimate birthday present."

Mike Stirling, editorial director of Beano Studios, said: "Dennis has stamped his personality across first class laughs and mischief for generations of children.

"We believe everyone has a little bit of the Dennis spirit within them, so can't wait for fans big and small to take delivery of this amazing piece of Dennis history.

"This incredible stamp collection really pushes the envelope of philately flattery for our hero."

Dennis was first brought to life in a pencil sketch in January 1951, making his debut in the Beano later that year.

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