The Bunty annual was first published by D.C. Thompson & Co for Christmas in 1960. This came after the success of the weekly Bunty comic in 1958.
The annuals/comics appealed to girls under the age of 14 with the mix of comic strip and photo stories, readers letters, competitions and a club to join. Each issue also contained a drawing of a doll & outfits that could be cut out, pasted onto card & held in place with paper tabs. Many characters were featured in Bunty and characters like Bunty A Girl Like You, The Four Mary’s and Comp became very popular.
The first comics priced at 4d always had a free gift stuck on the front cover e.g. charm bracelets, rings & badges to entice children to buy them with their pocket money.
The annual in this picture would originally have had a colourful picture of Bunty on a dust jacket to protect it.
Bunty comics stopped being published in 2001 & the annuals ran until 2009. Other publications by D.C. Thompson & Co include the Beano & Dandy.