The Followers of Rupert Bear

Official Rupert Bear Society





Tourtel reprints

In 1999, the Followers published the first of a number of Tourtel reprints.

As with the Bestall reprints, these were laid out as they would have been in an annual but this time most of them were coloured by the Rupert colourist, Gina Hart, who also provided the covers' artwork for some of the issues.

Most of these booklets are laid out in the same format as the traditional Rupert Annual, which makes them a great addition to any Rupert collection.

Issue Number
Produced in
Rupert in Dreamland
Information about the stories
First appearing in the Daily Express in 1923, "Rupert in Dreamland" had a limited pre-war reprint history and has not appeared since until this printing.

It is an interesting story in that it is a parody of Lewis Carroll´s "Alice in Wonderland" with Rupert experiencing similar adventures before waking up.

It reproduces the original Mary Tourtel pictures in black line as they appeared in the Daily Express.

Issue Number
Produced in
Rupert at School (1922 and 1933)
Information about the stories
There were two different "Rupert at School" stories originally published in the Daily Express, one in 1922 and the other in 1933.

Both are reprinted here and are now in full colour for the first time with a special cover painted by Gina Hart, the Rupert Annual colourist, who also coloured the original black and white Mary Tourtel story pictures.

Although referred to as Tourtel Reprints no 2, this was actually the most recently published of this series of special issues.
Issue Number
Produced in
June 2002
Rupert and the Twins' Birthday Cake
Rupert's New Neighbours
Information about the stories
The "Rupert and the Twin´s Birthday Cake" story was printed in the Daily Express in 1934 and the original Tourtel pictures are coloured here for the first time.

This story has been redrawn and coloured to appear in a St Michael´s book in 1979 but the images are not the same quality as those which appear here. "Rupert´s New Neighbours" is from 1925 and has never been reprinted until now.

Gina Hart has delightfully coloured these pictures and has also provided the cover and title page images.
Issue Number
Produced in
December 2002
Rupert's Christmas Pudding
Rupert's Message to Father Christmas
Rupert and the Wise Goat's Party
Information about the stories
Three Christmassy themed stories from the 1930´s are coloured here for the first time by Gina Hart.

She has also provided superb title page pictures for each and an original cover image plus a Follow Rupert page.

These stories, like most in this series, are laid out in the traditional Rupert Annual format making this booklet a great addition to any collection of Rupert stories.
Issue Number
Produced in
December 2004
Rupert and the Snow Man
Rupert and Bingo
Information about the stories
These are a pair of stories that are linked and appeared consecutively in the Daily Express over the Christmas of 1924 and into the new year of 1925.

Rupert meets Father Christmas with his friend, the Snowman, and his Christmas present of a radio helps Rupert reunite stray dog Bingo with his owner.

This is the first time the original frames appear in colour expertly done by Gina Hart the Rupert Annual colourist who also provides original title page images and the front and rear covers.

The Followers of Rupert Bear
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The Secretary, John Beck
29 Mill Road, Lewes, East Sussex
tel 01273 477555


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The 2021 AGM and Fun Day - Tavistock!

Held at an exciting new venue

As you will all know by now, Warwick School was not able to host our 2021 Event.  Up stepped Charles Knape who as pulled out all the stops to organise an event for us at Kelly College in Tavistock.

It was an amazing success.  Huge thanks to Charles.  A full Review of the Day will appear in the Winter Nutwood Newsletter - but to be there and see the Rupert hot-air balloon inflated for what is likely to be the very last time was amazing.  You can find a shorter review with photos and videos on this site.  Look at the "Followers' AGM and Annual Fun Day" section below or just click here to go straight to the review.