RUPERT, A Bear’s Life


This work tells the story of Britain’s longest-lived children’s comic character, Rupert Bear. It assesses Rupert’s popularity, and includes full descriptions of the associated enterprises, the fan clubs, the annuals, the merchandise and his appearances on television and in the cinema.

Rupert Bear is a children’s comic strip character created by English artist Mary Tourtel and first appearing in the Daily Express newspaper on 8 November 1920. Rupert’s initial purpose was to win sales from the rival Daily Mail and Daily Mirror. In 1935, the stories were taken over by Alfred Bestall, who was previously an illustrator for Punch and other glossy magazines. Bestall proved to be successful in the field of children’s literature and worked on Rupert stories and artwork into his 90s. More recently, various other artists and writers have continued the series. About 50 million copies have been sold worldwide.

The comic strip was, and still is, published daily in the Daily Express, with many of these stories later being printed in books, and every year since 1936 a Rupert annual has also been released. Rupert Bear has become a well-known character in children’s culture in the United Kingdom, and the success of the Rupert stories has led to the creation of several television series based on the character. The character also has a large fan following, with such groups as The Followers of Rupert.

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RUPERT. A Bear’s Life

Dust jacket has tiny scuff at head of spine. Book is un-read. Occasional oily spots around the margins. 171pages with colour and b&w strips and text. . Fourth Impression Illus. by Bestall, Alfred & Express Newspapers..
Bookseller Inventory #: 008860
Title: RUPERT. A Bear’s Life
Illustrator: Bestall, Alfred & Express Newspapers.
Format/binding: Hard Cover Laminated.
Book condition: Used – Very Good in Plastic.
Jacket condition: Fine
Quantity available: 1
Edition: Fourth Impression, Thus
Binding: Hardcover
Publisher: Bramley Books,
Place: U K
Date published: 1991
Keywords: Childrens, Comic Strip
Bookseller catalogs: Literature;
Size: 250x18p5mm