Royal Mail celebrates 70 years of Dennis the Menace with stamp collection

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Dennis the Menace's 70th birthday is being marked with a special stamp collection. (Royal Mail)
Dennis the Menace's 70th birthday is being marked with a special stamp collection. (Royal Mail)

Iconic Beano character Dennis the Menace is being honoured with a new set of stamps. 

It comes as 2021 marks 70 years since he was first brought to life in a pencil sketch in 1951 before making his Beano debut later that year. 

Six stamps feature images depicting key moments from the naughty schoolboy's life across the years, including him meeting baby sister Bea, adopting his dog Gnasher and even finding out that his dad is a grown-up version of Dennis. 

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An additional four stamps illustrated by current Dennis artist Nigel Parkinson complete an exclusive comic strip with a story focusing on Dennis' birthday celebrations. 

Dennis first came to life in 1951. (Royal Mail)
Dennis first came to life in 1951. (Royal Mail)

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.”

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

Four stamps complete an exclusive comic strip. (Royal Mail)
Four stamps complete an exclusive comic strip. (Royal Mail)

“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.”

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The full set of 10 stamps, available in a Presentation Pack, can be purchased for £13.65 on the Royal Mail website

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