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.

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Date 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2010s
Material(s) CardboardPaper
Item number MBPO92

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I remember having hours of fun cutting out the paper dolls & outfits that were on the back cover of the comic.  It was also a special treat to receive an annual every Christmas and I couldn’t wait on Christmas Day to start reading it!

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