Kenny Smithson was a minor character in Big Nate from 1991 - 1995. Kenny's first appearance was in November 4, 1991, and Ellen Wright and him started dating in 1992. In the summer of 1992, Kenny visited Maine once and spent the summer there in a cottage near the coast. Ellen was sad that he left. Kenny wrote Ellen and told her that he got a job in a diner there, as well as joined a softball league.

First Appearance

Kenny first appeared on April 13, 1991. Nate Wright and Ellen Wright were hiding behind a tree when Ellen saw Kenny, then Nate went to talk to Kenny about unknown subjects. Ultimately, Nate is the main reason Ellen got together with Kenny.

Kenny and Ellen kissing


Not much is known about Kenny's personality as he had such a short appearance. Ellen, however, broke up with him because she thought he was a jerk. Nate was surprised that Ellen was the one who broke up with him and not the other way around.


Nate's comic/comical impression of Kenny

  • Kenny owns a 1974 "Dodge Dart".
  • Ellen dumped him in June 1995.
  • When Nate was around the mall with Francis, Nate said, "I had hawk-vision eyes, and I saw Kenny Smithson with another girl!"
  • Once he got poison ivy rashes while mowing the lawn.
  • He was the captain of the football, hockey, and baseball team. He was also the instructor for a junior lifesaving class at the pool.

Behind the Scenes

  • Kenny's very last appearance in the comics was on February 4, 1995.
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