1988 Rupert Bear Daily Express Annual - First Edition Children's Books - Vintage Child Book, Text Comics, John Harrold

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Original 1988 Rupert edition of The Daily Express Annual. Rupert on Um Island and other adventures of Rupert Bear and his pals.

Rupert, Beppo & the Kite by written by Alfred Bestall. All other stories written and edited by James Henderson. Illustrated by John Harrold. Story coloring by Doris Campbell. 1988, original edition. Express Newspapers LTD.

Rupert Bear and his pals are as beloved in England as Charlie Brown and his pals are in the US. Rupert was the creation of English artist Mary Tourtel and first appeared in the Daily Express newspaper in 1920. Tourtel was succeeded by Alfred Bestall in 1935, who for nearly 40 years continued to develop Rupert Bear and many of the characters that inhabit Rupert's world and the village of Nutwood, and send him on great adventures. Bestall was followed by Alex Cubie 1974 - 1977, John Harrold 1978 - 2008, and Stuart Trotter 2008 - present.

The Rupert cartoons are "text comics", where the full text accompanies the illustrations rather than in speech bubbles and other text devices incorporated into the artwork. The Annuals included games, puzzles, and instructions for paperfolds. For many Rupert fans, the beautifully illustrated endpages are a favorite part of the Annuals, depicting flying umbrellas, elves, dragons and other fantastical creatures, faraway lands, and magical places.


Rupert and the Artist - Endpaper
Rupert on Um Island
Rupert and the Go-Cart
Rupert's Paper Mouse
Rupert and the SleepingVillage
Your Own Rupert Story
Rupert, Beppo and the Kite
Rupert's Decoration
Rupert and Terry's Return
Rupert's Own Countryside
Rupert and Podgy's Christmas
Rupert's Memory Test

The Charmed Bookshop has the following Rupert Bear Daily Express Annuals :

Rupert, 1982
Rupert, 1983
Rupert, 1984
50th Anniversary Daily Express Annual, 1985
Rupert, 1986
Rupert, 1987
Rupert, 1988
Rupert No. 54, 1989
70th Anniversary Daily Express Annual, 1990
Rupert No. 56, 1991
Rupert No. 57, 1992
Rupert No. 58, 1993

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Condition*: Near Fine. Lacks dust jacket, as issued. Minor shelf wear along lower edge of spine. Dated gift inscription on front endpage else interior pages are clean, undamaged, complete, and unclipped.

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