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Alvin R. Wiseman (August 25, 1918 – May 17, 1988)[1] was an American cartoonist who worked on both comic strips and comic books, notably his long stint on the Dennis the Menace comic books. Wiseman's clean line was an influence on several cartoonists, including Jaime Hernandez, Gilbert Hernandez, Al Gordon and Daniel Clowes.[citation needed]

Al Wiseman
Born(1918-08-25)August 25, 1918
DiedMay 17, 1988(1988-05-17) (aged 69)
Notable works
Dennis the Menace comic books


After Wiseman worked in advertising, he became an assistant to Hank Ketcham on Dennis the Menace. Wiseman and writer Fred Toole worked on the Dennis the Menace comic book from 1953 into the 1960s.[2]

Al's granddaughter, Aliza, claims that many of the characters from Dennis the Menace were created by Al.[3]

He had his own feature, Punky, in the Dennis the Menace comic books.[4]

Charley Jones Laugh Book Wiseman did covers for Charley Jones Laugh Book, contributed to George Crenshaw's Belvedere and briefly assisted on the Yogi Bear Sunday page .[2] He also did children's books, such as We Learn to Play (1954).

A Dennis the Menace story by Wiseman and Toole was reprinted in the Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly collection, The Toon Treasury of Classic Children's Comics (Abrams, 2009).[5]


  1. ^ a b "United States Social Security Death Index," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 06 Mar 2013), Alvin R Wiseman, 17 May 1988.
  2. ^ a b "Al Wiseman," Lambiek's Comiclopedia. Accessed Nov. 30, 2017.
  3. ^ "Aliza Wiseman: Al Wiseman". Archived from the original on 2013-02-24. Retrieved 2012-10-21.
  4. ^ Thompson, Steven. Four-Color Shadows: Al Wiseman, Punky
  5. ^ "Reading Group Guide for The Toon Treasury of Classic Children's Comics, Abrams, 2009" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-12-04. Retrieved 2011-02-25.

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