Hank Ketcham's seminal newspaper strip, Dennis The Menace, continues to this day, even though Ketcham himself passed away a few years back. The strip also holds the distinction of being the first humor strip to be adapted for television, with a live-action series that spent 4 years on CBS in primetime before moving to NBC for 2 seasons of Saturday morning repeats.
Dennis Mitchell (Jay North) means well, but, with his youth and enthusiasm comes a tendency to be also clumsy and prone to disasters, usually involving his next door neighbor, Mr. Wilson. Old time radio veteran Joseph Kearns was cast as Wilson, but the part had to be recast when Kearns passed away during season 3. Gale Gordon, best remembered for his supporting turn on The Lucy Show, later in the 60's, took over, playing the brother of Kearns' character. As it turned out, Gordon bore a closer resemblance to Ketcham's design for Wilson. Hmmm, makes ya wonder, doesn't it?
Here's the intro:
Dennis The Menace would return in animated form in a pair of series, both produced by DIC, in the 80's & 90's, and we'll be covering those down the line.