Volume 3 of the Complete Dennis the Menace now available

Fantagraphic Books has released volume 3 of Hank Ketcham‘s Complete Dennis the Menace collection.

Hank Ketchamâ??s Complete Dennis the Menace  is one of the most successful books in the companyâ??s history, greeted by reviews with praise similar to that garnered by The Complete Peanuts. This third volume of Hank Ketcham’s Complete Dennis the Menace publishes every single panel strip from 1955 and 1956 in one handsome and thick hardcover volume. Ketchamâ??s legendary pen and ink work achieves its full flowering in this volume as do the various situations and themes that Ketcham would return to: the first â??split screenâ? (two-panel strip) that Ketcham would occasionally use; Dennis actually flirts with a girl; he rats Dad out to Mom; exacerbates confrontations between Dad and the police; and stymies hapless baby-sitters. Oh, and Mr. Wilson finally comes front-and-center as Dennisâ?? #1 victim.

Price tag: $24.95. Not bad for a slice of cartooning history.