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Bestall reprints

In 1991 the Followers published the first of a series of reprints of Alfred Bestall stories that had not appeared anywhere other than the Daily Express. They were laid out as they would have been had they appeared in an annual, but in black and white, as in the newspaper.  Later Nutwood Specials produced stories in full colour for the first time.

Issue Number
1
Produced in
July 1991
Stories
Rupert and Dinkie
Rupert and the Coronation
Information about the stories
Rupert and Dinkie appeared in the Daily Express from May to July 1955. The story tells how Guide Beryl’s cat vanished and was found again – all with the help of the Conjuror’s magic.

Rupert and the Coronation appeared in 1937 and is about Rupert’s adventure when he went to London for the Coronation of George VI.

Issue Number
2
Produced in
September 1995
Stories
Rupert and Prince Crab
Information about the stories
Rupert and Prince Crab appeared in the Express in 1962 and tells a tale of Rupert’s involvement with the Merboy, Prince Crab and a voyage in Mr Noah’s Ark.

Issue Number
3
Produced in
December 1994
Stories
Rupert and the Last Cracker
Information about the stories
Rupert and the Last Cracker appeared in the Express in 1963. Rupert and his chums lose almost all of their Christmas goodies.

Issue Number
4
Produced in
August 1994
Stories
Rupert and the Unicorn
Information about the stories
Rupert and the Unicorn appeared in 1964 and is a tale of how Rupert met the Lion and the Unicorn and became involved in Heraldry.

Issue Number
5
Produced in
August 1994
Stories
Rupert and the Tree House
Information about the stories
Rupert and the Tree House appeared in the Express in 1964 and tells how the Scouts helped Rupert to rescue a boy’s father from a band of thieves.

Issue Number
6
Produced in
September 1995
Stories
Rupert and the Weather Man
Information about the stories
Rupert and the Weather Man appeared in the Express in 1964. Rupert was wondering why the weather was out of control. A visit to the Clerk of the Weather explained all.

Issue Number
7
Produced in
1997
Stories
Rupert in the Boys' and Girls' Book of the Year 1936
Information about the stories
Appearing in the Boys and Girls’ books in 1936 and 1937 were several short stories featuring Rupert. Generally of 6 frames to each tale, they were scattered throughout the books and were coloured in black and red, as were the Rupert Annuals of that period.

A nasty Podgy features in quite a few of these short tales.

Issue Number
8
Produced in
1998
Stories
Rupert in the Boys' and Girls' Book of the Year 1937
Information about the stories
Appearing in the Boys and Girls’ books in 1936 and 1937 were several short stories featuring Rupert. Generally of 6 frames to each tale, they were scattered throughout the books and were coloured in black and red, as were the Rupert Annuals of that period.

A nasty Podgy features in quite a few of these short tales.

Issue Number
Produced in
Stories
Information about the stories
There was a period during which no Bestall reprints were published, although some reproductions did appear in the Nutwood Newsletters

Issue Number
10
Produced in
2001
Stories
Rupert's Christmas Adventure
Rupert and the Goblin Cobbler
Information about the stories
Rupert’s Christmas Adventure appeared in the Daily Express over Christmas 1935, and then in the 1936 Annual.

Rupert and the Goblin Cobbler appeared in the Daily Express over the Christmas period 1936 and then in the 1939 Rupert Annual.

Both these stories appeared in the newspaper in black and white and in the Annuals in red and black. This Followers’ Nutwood Special produced the stories in full colour for the first time.

Issue Number
11
Produced in
2008
Stories
Rupert and the Jack-in-the-Box
Information about the stories
Rupert and Jack-in-the-Box appeared in the Daily Express over the Christmas period in 1938, and then in the 1939 Annual.

This story appeared in the newspaper in black and white and in the Annuals in red and black. This Followers’ Nutwood Special produced the stories in full colour for the first time.

Issue Number
12
Produced in
2008
Stories
Rupert and the Flying Bottle
Information about the stories
Rupert and the Flying Bottle appeared in the Daily Express in the autumn of 1936 and then in the 1937 Rupert Annual.

This story appeared in the newspaper in black and white and in the Annuals in red and black. This Followers’ Nutwood Special produced the stories in full colour for the first time.

Issue Number
13
Produced in
2007
Stories
Rupert and the Snow Machine
Information about the stories
This is an early story by Alfred Bestall that appeared in the Daily Express in the early months of 1937. It was then used in the 1937 Rupert Annual, which was entitled More Adventures of Rupert, printed in red, black and white.
This Nutwood Special produces it in full colour for the first time.

All these special publications are available to members of the Followers.

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