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PI Poll: What is your all-time favorite newspaper comic book strip?

'Dennis the Menace' Turns 65

In order of the 65th birthday of “Dennis the Menace,” which debuted as a newspaper comic book strip on March 12, 1951, which is your all-time favorite?

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Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. This was a difficult one. Growing up, it was the Archies and Peanuts but as an adult it has been Calvin & Hobbes.

  2. So many choices…. Far Side is just such a unique type of humor. Either you get it or you don’t. I recently introduced my 13 yr old to our old Far Side books. He loves them.

  3. I read “Pogo” every day many decades ago. Now, “Zits” and “Pickles” are my favorite comic strips.

  4. Have to go with “the Big Red S” (Superman), but if you haven’t checked out “Dick Tracy” recently you should. There’s a new art and writing team that have brought the strip back to greatness.

  5. I voted for Peanuts because I do love it, but my real favorite was Cathy, which didn’t make your list. I also loved Calvin & Hobbes and was sad when it ended.