- David Law was born and raised in Edinburgh, and gained a diploma at the city's College of Art. His career as an illustrator started at Odhams Press, but in the early 1930's he joined the staff of D.C. Thomson in Dundee.
- Orignally he drew cartoons
for local newspapers such as the Evening Telegraph, which featured. He created Dennis the Menace in 1951, and later followed this up with Beryl
the Peril for the Topper and the Dandy's Corporal
Clott (12th November 1960).
- Law's style changed
considerably over his years with Thomson's. Early Dennis
strips featured short, squat characters and tidy artwork.
Through the fifties, though, with characters becoming
taller and sketchier.
- The most peculiar change came
in the middle of that decade, and occurred when the Beryl
the Peril strip changed from 5 rows per page to 4
rows. Seemingly flummoxed by the challenge of changing
the perspective within each frame, he simply drew all the
characters much taller and thinner. (I could be being
unfair here, but that's definitely how it seemed... I'll
post the evidence when I get time.) He then carried this
elongated style over to Dennis for a while, before
eventually returning the characters to more normal
proportions. (These strange vaccilations are even
referred to in Dennis's 1991 40th anniversary issue.)
In 1970 Law was taken seriously
ill. This must have been quite sudden, as all his three of his
strips were all taken over by different artists for the issues
dated August 1st. Although made a partial recovery and returned
to the Beano for a while in 1971, he passed away in April that
year at the age of 63.