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Gnasher's Tale was a comic strip in the UK comic The Beano that the fictional character Gnasher used to star
in. It ran from issue 1818 (21 May 1977) to 1986, and was drawn by
Sutherland. In the strip, Gnasher would tell stories from when
he was a puppy.
Gansher was created by Ian Gray (writer) and Davey Law (artist).
Ian was just a young writer for the Beano when he and Davey Law
came up with Dennis the Menace's famous mongrel sidekick. As Davey
struggled to picture the dog, Ian suggested he simply draw Dennis's
hair and "put a leg on each corner and two eyeballs at that end"
The result was one of the most enduring images for publishers DC
Gnasher is the dog of Dennis the Menace, and as such
appears in that strip. Later Gnasher also starred alongside his
son, Gnipper, in Gnasher and Gnipper, the strip that
replaced Gnasher's Tale when Gnipper was born. When Gnasher went
missing for a short time in 1986, the strip was replaced with
Foo Foo's Fairy Story, Foo Foo being the pet poodle of Walter the
Softy (another character from the Dennis strip).
Although Gnasher's Tale officially ended in 1986, occasional new
episodes by Barry Glennard, the artist for Gnasher and Gnipper
since 1993, can be seen in annuals (namely the 2001 and 2007