Captain Underpants is a children’s novel series by American author and illustrator Dav Pilkey. The series revolves around two fourth graders, George Beard and Harold Hutchins, living in Piqua, Ohio, and Captain Underpants, an aptly named superhero from one of the boys’ homemade comic books, that accidentally becomes real when George and Harold hypnotize their megalomaniacal principal, Mr. Krupp. Soon after, Mr. Krupp gains superpowers by drinking alien juices.
The series includes 14 books and 3 spin-offs, and won a Disney Adventures Kids’ Choice Award on April 4, 2006. As of 2016, the series had been translated in over 20 languages, with more than 70 million books sold worldwide, of that, over 50 million in the United States. DreamWorks Animation acquired rights to the series to make an animated feature film adaptation.
George Beard and Harold Hutchins – Two fourth grade pranksters, who are best friends and next-door neighbors. They started a comic book company called ” Treehouse Comix, Inc.”, and every so often at school they go to the secretary’s office to make copies of their latest comic book and sell them on the playground for a 50-cent fee. George is 93⁄4 years old while Harold is 10 years old, identified in the Super Diaper Baby book. They are considered the 4th grade class clowns at Jerome Horwitz Elementary School, a school which discourages imagination and fun, located in Piqua, Ohio. It is revealed in the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman that their grades range from B to C. They often get in trouble and serious events with Mr. Krupp.
The 1997 Novel by Dav Pilkey
In Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000, duplicates of themselves are born and the four friends share the same life. In Sir-Stinks-A-Lot, they met themselves as adults; George is a comic book writer, has married a woman and has two children named Bill and Marcia; Harold is a comic book illustrator, and is married to a man with whom he has twin children named Kai and Owen.