first appeared in The DAILY EXPRESS on November 8th, 1920.
15 years later, ALFRED BESTALL took the daily newspaper mascot to
it in 1965. However, he continued to draw the covers to the Annuals
until 1973 (for '74), and apparently occasionally contributed to the
character in some way right up into his 90s.
Although I was aware of the famous British bear, it wasn't until
in the late '70s or very early '80s that I found myself transfixed by the
art, and the atmosphere it conjured up. Then, in the late '80s, when I was
from the same branch. I had to admit that I didn't.
Comics, co-owner JOHN McSHANE introduced me to JOHN
it transpired that John actually resided only a few minutes down the road
time, I never managed to get 'round to it (I was a busy boy back in
those days), and a couple of years later, John moved, first to
London (I think), and then shortly thereafter to France.
It's strange to think that the then-current Rupert artist lived
of Alfred Bestall we're looking at today, featuring art from the pages
of the 1949 Annual. I decided to publish these wonderfully evocative
examples because they're so apropos of the season. They just exude the
kind of Christmas that I fancy I remember from my long-ago boyhood,
although perhaps it's more a case of how I want to remember things,
rather than how they actually were. Then again, perhaps not.