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  1. An estranged friend of mine once claimed he recalled (as a boy) the “Mr. Wilson” of the comic strip having resembled Joseph Kearns (who portrayed “George Wilson” in the Screen Gems television adaptation of “Dennis the Menace”), but then was changed after the death of Mr. Kearns.

    So what I would like to know is if there may have actually been both a “George Wilson” and a “John Wilson” in the comic strip? And were Mr. Kearns and actor Gale Gordon possibly cast as the TV versions of their respective “Mr. Wilsons” because of the actors’ resemblances to the strip’s characters?

    Although, frankly, the “Mr. Wilson” I see on this website resembles neither Mr. Gordon (except for the mustache) nor “Mr. Kearns.”

    But Jay North was certainly made to appear as the comic strip “Dennis Mitchell,” albeit with a different cowlick in the TV series’ first season, plus his having matured to wearing a striped shirt but with no overhauls or slingshot in the TV series’ final season..

    Gloria Henry’s hairstyle was coiffured to appear as the same hairstyle of “Alice Mitchell” in the strip, but only for the TV series’ first season. And the TV series actor who most resembled his comic strip counterpart was certainly bespectacled pipe-smoking Herb Anderson’s “Henry Mitchell.”

    By the way, did the characters of “Tommy Anderson,” “Johnny Brady,” “Miss Esther Cathcart,” “Mrs. Elkins,” “Mr. Lawrence Finch,” “Sergeant Theodore Mooney,” “Mr. Otis Quigley” and “Mrs. Eloise Wilson” ever appear in the Hank Ketcham comic strip? And also, did the characters of “Seymour” and “Stewart” exist before the TV series?

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