Is Dennis the Menace a puppet?

Dennis has surely (hit for the cycle)- he has been a comic strip character- drawn by Hank Ketcham, a comic-book character, Television show- live action, TV cartoons- a logical development as Dennis was originally a cartoon character- I do recall seeing pre-colored rubberized plastic Dennis Puppets in Gimbels or Macy"s in the sixties- but he is not primarily a puppet or dummy- unlike Howdy Doody or Jerry Mahoney.