The popular cartoon character, Dennis the Menace, will no longer be seen wielding his traditional catapult as the creators have admitted that it is being redrawn to appear less violent.
An eight-year-old boy named Jacob Rush, of Ipswich, Suffolk, wrote to DC Thomson complaining that his favourite comic strip character had become “boring”.
However, the Beano executives said that the new version would not use his catapult or peashooter in a destructive way “to comply with the rules of broadcasting”.
Last year, rumours were abuzz that character of Dennis and his faithful dog, Gnasher, were being “toned down” in the cartoon. However, staff at the Beano dismissed the reports calling it “another political correctness gone mad” myth.
Beano features editor Claire Bartlett said in her letter to Jacob that changes had been made to the comic Dennis to match the Dennis and Gnasher cartoon. “The main reason that Dennis looks different is because of the new animation series,” the Telegraph quoted Bartlett as saying.
“It was felt we should have Dennis looking the same in the comic as he does on TV to stop people getting confused. We thought that a lot of people might not have seen Dennis before seeing him on TV and if he looked different in the Beano comic then they might not realise it was the same,” she added. Beano editor Alan Digby said that the changes meant Dennis was no longer able to use his catapult or peashooter in a destructive way.