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Rupert Bear History
Rupert Bear is a famous character that appeared in comic strips, children’s books and in television programmes. He was originally created over a hundred years ago by Mary Tourtel who lived in Canterbury. Rupert first appeared in the Daily Express on Monday 8 November 1920, in a single frame illustration called the ‘Little Lost Bear’, and continued to run in the paper every day from then on.
Rupert Bear Annuals
In 1936, after Alfred Bestall took over writing and illustrating Rupert Bear from Mary Tourtel, the Daily Express published the first Rupert Annual featuring comic stories, puzzles, and activities. One has been published every year since, even during World War II when there was a paper shortage, as it was thought to be good for morale! The Beaney has a complete collection of Rupert Annuals.