The Followers of Rupert Bear

Official Rupert Bear Society

 

 



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Welcome to the Followers of Rupert

Since 1983 there has been a society, called The Followers of Rupert, for those who remember Rupert from their childhood with affection. The society is limited to classic Rupert, not the cartoon character more recently seen.

Follow Rupert!

The Society gets its name from the Rupert annuals. Each year at the end of the stories there is a page advertising Rupert in the Daily Express and on that page is the slogan "Follow Rupert in the (Daily) Express" and so we are The Followers!

We have hundreds of members who enjoy regular newsletters, calendars and other Rupert-related items produced specifically for the society.

​Rupert first appeared on the 8th November 1920, so he is now over 100 years of age!

This beautiful piece of artwork was created by Rupert Annual artist Stuart Trotter to celebrate Rupert's Centenary, and shows the changes Rupert has undergone in 100 years.

In 2023 the Followers celebrated our 40th birthday

​Rupert may be over 100 but in 2023, the Followers celebrated an anniversary ourselves - we are 40 years old.

If you are not already a member,  you missed an amazing 40th Anniversary Party at our Annual Fun Day in September.

Join the Followers, and join in the fun next year.

Special Followers' productions:


The Bestall Book

 

A quality hard-backed book in the format of a Rupert Annual. It contains four stories that had never previously appeared in colour: they have been specially coloured for the Followers. It has a limited print run and is available only for members of the Followers to buy.

 

 


A Map of Nutwood

As all Rupert fans know, the little bear lives in Nutwood with his Mummy and Daddy.
There has always been much mystery about Nutwood and its surrounding area:

  • Where is the Professor's Tower?
  • Where does the Conjuror's pagoda lie?
  • Is the School across the Common?

The definitive Nutwood Map has now been created by the Nutwood Ordnance Survey Company - and it is available for members of the Followers to purchase!

Join the Followers and you will be able to buy either or both of these super publications.

 

 

The Rupert Index

This amazing Index details all the Rupert stories and where they appeared - in the newspaper and elsewhere -
from his very first appearance in November 1920 up to his Centenary in 2020.

Profusely illustrated in colour, with previously unseen colour artwork and many new interesting facts.

 

Join the Followers and you will be able to buy all of these super publications.

 

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About us


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Join us


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Visit Nutwood


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Rupert Merchandise


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Rupert in print


Click this image to find out more about the many publications that feature Rupert, the Annuals, the Adventures series, and more

Contact us


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  • Curious Kent: Rupert Bear’s Canterbury roots

    Curious Kent: Rupert Bear’s Canterbury roots

    Curious Kent: Rupert Bear's Canterbury roots It's 150 years since the birth of Mary Tourtel, creator of Rupert Bear. Steve Ladner from BBC radio Kent visited the city of her …
  • Rupert in the Express February 2024

    Rupert in the Express February 2024

    Rupert in the Express February 2024
  • Superb Compendium of Tourtel Stories

    Superb Compendium of Tourtel Stories

    In celebration of Mary Tourtel's 150th birthday
  • Rupert in the Express January 2024

    Rupert in the Express January 2024

    Rupert in the Express January 2024
  • 20% off all orders made in December

    20% off all orders made in December

    Exclusively for members in the Followers webshop (or by form): Rupert and his chums want to offer all their amazing followers a great Christmas present: 20% off all orders made …
  • Members – Important note

    Members – Important note

    Members - you will have received the Winter Newsletter, no 117. There is an error. Please note that the 'Castles' piece on page 32 has been produced by our member …
  • Rupert in the Express November 2023

    Rupert in the Express November 2023

    Rupert and the Little Bells, a Bestall newspaper story from 1962/63, commenced on Wednesday 15th November for a first newspaper reprinting.  The story also featured in the 1974 Rupert Annual. …
  • Rupert in the Express October 2023

    Rupert in the Express October 2023

    Rupert’s Strange Party, a Bestall story originally appearing in the Daily Express in 1942, commences on Sunday 22nd October with Rupert getting an invitation to a Fancy Dress party. Nice …
  • The Archive of Jenny Kisler

    The Archive of Jenny Kisler

    In 2020 Jenny Kisler sadly passed away at the age of 84. Her Rupert archive had been kindly handed over to The Followers of Rupert by her children in 2022. …
  • The restoring and coloring of Rupert and the Weather man

    The restoring and coloring of Rupert and the Weather man

    Mark Manley: Restoring and Colouring a Rupert story from 1964 Although it seems unbelievable, it is however a sad fact that there are some Rupert stories in existence who have …
  • Followers’ Annual Fun Day 2023

    Followers’ Annual Fun Day 2023

    A wonderful AGM/Fun Day at the Radcliffe Centre on 2 September 2023. A report has appeared in the WinterNutwood Newsletter 2023 and photos and Minutes of the AGM are on …
  • Rupert in the Express August 2023

    Rupert in the Express August 2023

    Rupert’s Deep Sea Adventure commenced on Sunday 27th August 2023 with Rupert and his Mummy heading towards Greyport on holiday.  Not sure why the need for a change of seaside …

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