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Rupert in Print

Rupert story strips have appeared regularly in the Daily Express since 8th November 1920. Many Rupert books and magazines have also appeared since 1920. The first were four books published by Nelson and these were reprinted as facsimilies in 2002.

Other books published in the 1920's and 1930's featured reprints of the early Mary Tourtel newspaper stories in black and white. These include Rupert Little Bear Series, four Monster Rupert books and a series of 46 books called Little Bear Library. The original series of these had black images on the covers and a later set of 18 published in the 1970's featured coloured covers. The Rupert annuals started in 1936 and continue to this day, and a set of 50 Adventure Series was published between 1948 and 1963.

There have been many other Rupert books published since as well as a number of different Rupert comic series in the 1980's. Rupert has also been published in the Netherlands since the 1930's both in newspaper and book form. He is known there as Bruintje Beer. Full details of all Rupert publications are listed in the New Rupert Index, a new edition of which was published in 2020 - for more details click here.

Rupert has been very fortunate in the artists who have drawn him and his stories over the years, so it is appropriate to include some information on his creators as well.

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    Curious Kent: Rupert Bear’s Canterbury roots

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  • 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

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  • Rupert in the Express January 2024

    Rupert in the Express January 2024

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

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    Members – Important note

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  • 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 …
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    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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