Royal Mail is marking 70 years of comic character Dennis the Menace with a new set of postage stamps.

The designs are based on strips from Beano comics through the ages, featuring memorable moments of mischief by the perennial naughty schoolboy.

The six stamps in the collection include images from Dennis’ first appearance in 1951, meeting his baby sister Bea, adopting faithful dog Gnasher and finding out that his father is a grown-up version of Dennis from the 1980s.

A further four stamps, exclusively illustrated by the current Dennis artist, Nigel Parkinson, are from a comic strip written especially for Royal Mail, focusing on Dennis’s birthday celebrations and including a brief “history of Menaces”.

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

The new set of stamps being issued to mark 70 years of Dennis the Menace
The new set of stamps being issued to mark 70 years of Dennis the Menace
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“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.”

Royal Mail collaborated with Beano Studios on selecting all the stamps and associated imagery.

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

The stamp set can be purchased from the Royal Mail’s website.

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