1986 Rupert Bear Daily Express Annual by James Henderson, John Harrold.


Illustrated by John Harrold. 1986, original edition. Express Newspapers LTD.

Rupert and the Strange Airman and other adventures of Rupert Bear and his pals.

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.


The Reindeer Flight - Endpaper
Rupert and the Strange Airman
Rupert and Rika
Rupert and the Worried Elves
Rupert's Paper Hanger
Rupert and the Dragon Mystery
A Box for Your Paper Hanger
Rupert and the Mulp Gulper
Your Own Rupert Story
Rupert and the Iceberg

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Condition*: Near Fine. Lacks dust jacket, as issued. Dated gift inscription on front flyleaf else interior pages are clean, undamaged, complete, and unclipped.

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