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Melvin the Monster #1-6 (July 1956 - July 1957), Dexter the Demon #7 (Sept. 1957).

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Joe Maneely helped Stan Lee launch another humor sub-genre I call “Kiddie humor”. Melvin the Monster #1 appeared on the stands with a cover date of July 1956. This type of humor had been last seen regularly in 1949-50 when Timely had produced Little Aspirin, Little Lenny, and Little Lizzy, as well as “kiddie” versions of dying teen characters like Willie (Li’l Willie), Lana (Little Lana), and Tessie the Typist (Tiny Tessie). For completists’ sake, there was a second Little Lizzy series in 1953-54, also.


Melvin the Monster was a warped clone of Hank Ketcham’s Dennis the Menace, an enormously popular strip in the 1950s. But there was a major difference between them: while Dennis was a mischievous, lovable scamp, Melvin was pure terror! Pets, babysitters, siblings, police officers, neighbors, and parents were all in his sights. Melvin was just downright mean, and I believe this made him unlikable. He was a mad-at-the-world “Calvin” without a “Hobbes” to mollify his worldview. The stories were short, with many one-panel gag pages and aimed at children, but the art gave Joe an avenue to show his straight cartooning ability.Dennis the Menace

Stan and Joe’s Melvin/Dexter would run seven issues into 1957.

Alter Ego #28, by Dr. Michael J. Vassallo










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