John Kricfalusi has recently posted some Dennis the Menace artwork on his great blog, John K Stuff; and Mr. K has requested some Dennis work by Owen Fitzgerald. No problemo. Every page and panel that follows is pure Fitzgerald, including this nearly perfect Dennis cover.
Let’s not beat around the bush: after Hank Ketcham, Fitzgerald is my favorite Dennis artist. Fitzgerald had loose and relaxed down cold; and he captured such character in so few lines. Every panel has vibrant energy.Let’s not forget the quality of writing in these stories as well, courtesy of Fred Toole, who was hand-selected by Ketcham for the comic book work. In this first story, The Great Teddy Tizzy, we find Dennis and his best pal, Joey, finding wonderful chaos. Sure, from an adult/parent perspective, Dennis was . . . a challenge. But from a kid’s point of view? Heck, they don't make pals any better than the little tow-head.
This one-page back cover is also Toole and Fitzgerald.