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 - which are now only found as originals.
Last year, 2007, saw the reproduction of the 1959 annual (10,000 only) and the publication of the 2007 Rupert Annual (No 72 - the last annual illustrated by John Harrold) both published in August. This year sees the 2008 Annual (No. 73) illustrated by the new Rupert illustrator, Stuart Trotter and published by Egmont Books and the reproduction of the 1963 Facsimile, which should be available in August.
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. If in the meantime you are searching for particular copies, please email email@example.com. Please note we do not value or give guide prices for any Rupert annuals or 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 £4.43 for Europe (Excluding UK) and £8.51 for The Rest Of The World for each annual - the charge will not exceed this - it may even be less. The postage is calculated by weight packed. The aforementioned figures therefore are only a guide to the charges likely to be incurred unless a postage rate has been included in the description.
For all UK deliveries there is a nominal postage charge of £1.00 per annual unless a Special Delivery Service is specified. (Please see Terms & Conditions or Shipping and Delivery sections for details). However, for this years annual No. 74, due in August, delivery to UK addresses will be free.