The first Rupert annual was published in 1936.
Since then it has been published every year without fail. Above is pictured the cover of the first annual.
During the war years, special permission was given by Goverment to continue printing the Rupert Annual, even though there was a paper shortage. These annuals were produced on 'War Economy' paper.
In 1985, Express Newspapers commenced reproducing the annuals in facsimile form - the closest replica of the original possible. These editions are each limited in size to around 10,000 copies worldwide, and the majority of them are now very hard to find and have accrued in value considerably. (Please go to Facsimile section)
However, due to what is now known to be politically incorrect content, a number of originals have not been reproduced. These are namely the annuals of 1946, 1947 & 1954, 1960, 1961,1962,1964, 1967, 1968 & 1969 which are now only found as originals.
Last year saw the 2015/2016 Annual (No. 80) partly illustrated by Stuart Trotter. The annual was a compilation of the work of all five illustrators. This year we have the 81st Annual 2016/2017 (a compilation annual again) and sadly no Facsimile. The Annual will be published at the beginning of August and is in New Merchandise and annuals setion.We do have a number of second hand originals which will become available for sale in the near future. As they become so, they will be listed here. Please note we do not value or give guide prices for any Rupert annuals or memorabilia. Neither do we entertain "ad hoc" requests to buy annuals, books and memorabilia.
Below you will find images of all annuals that have been published, together with listings of all those that we currently have for sale. These pictures will assist you in dating any annual you may have or seen.
Please note the pictures below are not necessarily those of the annuals for sale. All annuals are second hand used copies, unless otherwise stated. The prices are non negotiable and these annuals are sold on a 'firm sale basis' As most of the annuals listed here are not available in any quantity, we ask you to contact us personally to purchase those listed without an 'add to basket' option. An email to reserve any annual is acceptable, if out of hours. All reservations are on a 'first come' basis. Those with the appropriate button may be ordered on this site.
For our Overseas customers, please note that there are postage charges for each item listed. Rupert annuals are weighty beasts and sending by Airmail is not cheap. There will be a charge of approximately £5.50 for Europe (Excluding UK) and £8.75 for The Rest Of The World for each annual.For all UK deliveries there is a nominal postage charge per annual of £1.75 unless a Special Delivery Service is specified. (Please see Terms & Conditions or Shipping and Delivery sections for details). However, for this years annual No. 81, out in August 2012, delivery to UK addresses will be free.
Please Note - All Uk and Europe postage charges will have VAT added, in line with the new VAT rules.
This is added automatically as the order is processed securely.