2022 Annuals: a last minute stocking filler? A checklist – and a free “retro” edition for everyone!

It’s that time of year when Annuals are really getting deep discounted, so let’s take a look at what’s out there to snap up as a last minute Christmas stocking filler. Many shops, including WH Smith, are offering multi buy discounts, so it’s worth shopping around if you feel up to it.

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While many Annuals are more feature and text based today, it’s surprising how many there are, especially when it’s being claimed elsewhere that the format “died out”, ignoring the perennial success of both BEANO and The Dandy annuals as top sellers in bookshops and online stores.

Much of the success of surviving and ongoing titles depends on careful advance planning. These titles start to be “sold in” to the book trade at least six months ahead of publication. Since many annuals are published from August onwards, as they always were, this means comic creators have already delivered their work for the BEANO annual 2023, for example!

All the descriptions below are “sell in” copy included in online promotions. You can order these annuals from any bookshop but this affiliate link takes you to a search on AmazonUK

We’ve also included long-running collections of newspaper strips (sadly, a much endangered species).

Read on, and find out how to grab a free “retro” digital comic annual, crammed with adventure comics, too!

“Retro” Annuals from Independent Comic Publishers

Do note that these three hardback annuals are independently published and delivery may be delayed until the New Year

The77 Annual

Mark Montague’s original artwork for the Kickstarter hardback edition. The Kickstarter hardback edition cover by Mark Montague. Credits: featuring (back) Ba’al created by Steve Bull & Ade Hughes (middle left) Shard from Division’77 by Dave Heeley and Sinclair Elliott, (right) Sgt. Shouty! by Lew Stringer (bottom left), Penny Pentagram by David Thomas & Jonny Roydon, (right) Benksy by Ben Conan Cullis & Neil Sims

Independently published by the team who bring you The77 and Blazer, The77 Annual is available from GetMyComics – a bumper, 136-page hardback anthology of original stories in a very modern take on the 1980s UK annual format.

The strips featured are created by a mix of the best new talent and creators we know and love including the likes of Glenn Fabry, Lew Stringer, Steve Pugh, Andrew Sawyers and Ade Hughes.

This Annual features the greatest strips from one of the hottest independent comics around and covers a multitude of genres, from science fiction to World War Two.

Buy The77 Annual from GetMyComics

Paragon Annual

A hardback annual offering a selection of reprint, text stories and all new stories, all featuring the regular recurring characters from PARAGON comic edited and published by Davey Candlish. A great introduction to Paragon comic, featuring El Bigote, the undead Mexican bandit who fires deadly quills from his luxurious moustache; Jikan, the time-travelling, demon-hunting Japanese warrior; Spencer Nero, the British agent who finds inhuman strength whenever he dons his Janus mask – it comes in handy when punching Nazis! Plus, Captain Bulldog, the anthropomorphic defender of the skies above Blighty!

Buy the Paragon Annual direct from Paragon Comics here

Wallop Annual

Published by Volcano Comics, the crowdfunded WALLOP!! is a 21st century take on the holiday annuals older comic fans loved growing up, featuring some of the UK and Europe’s top cartoon illustrators including John Jackson, Mike Collins, Marc Jackson, Joe Matthews, Kev Sutherland and Alessandro Giampaoletti to name a few.

Wallop is a sixty-four page, full-colour hardcover, costing £15 and available via eBay

Read Peter Duncan’s review of the Wallop!! Annual here

Do note that these three annuals are independently published and delivery may be delayed until the New Year.

Find out how to grab a free “retro” digital ComicScene annual, crammed with adventure comics, below!

The 2022 Annual Checklist

All the descriptions below are “sell in” copy included in online promotions. You can order these annuals from any bookshop but this affiliate link takes you to a search on AmazonUK

Baby Shark Annual 2022

80 pages of fin-tastic fun, Baby Shark and his friends and family will keep you super busy! This annual is jam-packed with activities, stories, puzzles, and so much more! Pinkfongs Baby Shark video went viral in 2016 and has been seen over 3.8 billion times. A must have for Baby Shark fans!

Barbie Official Annual 2022

Join Barbie and her friends to discover everything is possible!

Enter a world of fun, friendship and imagination in this year’s exciting Annual.

Packed full of fabulous fun, super stories, exciting puzzles, cool crafts and awesome activities, this Annual is overflowing with entertainment, inspiration and positivity.

Beano Annual 2022

The Beano Annual is a regular bestseller, the ultimate collectable and a Christmas tradition going back to 1940. It’s loved by kids, parents and grandparents alike. In the Beano Annual 2022 our superheroes wear stripes! Get ready for 112 pages of lolz, fun and Beanotown mischief. Minnie the Minx (as her superhero alter ego Batmin) dispenses her own brand of hilarious justice to bullies and grown-ups alike. Dennis and Gnasher must stop Walter’s diabolical plot to create the Ultimate Menace as he tries to take over the town. Beanotown’s top spy, Dangerous Dan, seeks to uncover an enemy agent in our awesome long story, Spy Hunter.

Unlike some other annuals, the Beano Annual is packed full of brand-new funny content – you won’t have read these comic strips before! Annuals have a long history, and the Beano Annual one of the longest, but each year’s comic strips are written for today’s kids. Just like our weekly comic, the Beano Annual 2022 is full of laughs, pranks and fun that reflect the world we live in now.

Read Peter Duncan’s review of this year’s BEANO and The Dandy annuals here

The Beano & Dandy Giftbook 2022: Arty Farty!

Hitting the newstands in December 1937, The Dandy soon had comic book company in the form of Beano in July 1938. The two titles and their colourful characters became beloved by children and adults alike across Britain, and it quickly became evident they had a flair for creating smiles all round. This carefully curated collection of classic comic strips will have readers young and old laughing through decades of some of the very best stories from the comedy cast on display. Join fan favourites including Dennis and Gnasher, Minnie the Minx, Desperate Dan, Beryl the Peril, The Bash Street Kids and many more as the make an exhibition of themselves in their trademark anarchic style.

Read Peter Duncan’s review of this year’s BEANO and The Dandy annuals here

You can order these annuals from any bookshop but this affiliate link takes you to a search on AmazonUK

The Best of Matt 2021

The last twelve months seen through the eyes of the brilliantly funny cartoonist Matt – the perfect Christmas gift.

‘No one can be funny every time – except Matt’ John Humphrys

‘So much greater than his nearest rivals it’s almost embarrassing’ Stephen Fry

‘That rare thing – a daily cartoonist who never fails’ THE TIMES

There is no doubt: award-winning Matt definitely makes the world a happier place!

Bing Annual 2022

Join Bing and his friends for some festive fun in this brand-new annual based on the award-winning CBeebies series!

Jam-packed with all new short stories, puzzles, activities and colouring pages, the Bing Annual 2022 is a treasure trove of Bing fun!

Blippi Official Annual 2022

There’s so much to see and learn with Blippi!

Curious kids can join in the fun with Blippi in this colourful and playful Annual as he explores the world around him. Though the power of fun Blippi teaches numbers, colours, shapes, words and more with fun activities, puzzles, games and colouring.There’s so much fun to have together!

The Broons Annual 2022

First published in The Sunday Post in 1936, The Broons are Scotlands happy family that makes every family happy. For eight decades, Scotland’s first family have entertained readers young and old, with a sense of humour delivered in true Scots style. Collecting almost 100 comic strips from the last two years, this annual features The Broons celebrating family life and laughs at 10 Glebe Street, around Auchentogle, and on occasional trips to the But an Ben.

Cocomelon Official Annual 2022

Enter the colourful world of Cocomelon!

Pre-schoolers will have so much fun learning letters, numbers, colours and more along with their favourite familiar faces from the hit YouTube animation.

This all new Annual for 2022 is packed with playful puzzles, creative colouring, imaginative activities and more. It is sure to be a huge hit!

Disney Christmas Annual 2022

Disney Christmas Annual 2022

Your most beloved Disney characters are here to celebrate Christmas with you!

The Disney Christmas Annual 2022 is the perfect gift for Disney lovers this Christmas. Filled with all your favourite characters from classic movies and tv shows including Toy Story, Mickey and Friends, 101 Dalmatians and Incredibles, plus popular princesses Cinderella, Ariel, Belle and Tiana!

This Annual is packed with puzzles, stories, mazes and crafts to keep little fans busy over the festive season and beyond.

The Dandy Annual 2022

The Dandy remains one of the most popular comic titles of all time, selling more than two million copies a week at the peak of its popularity in the 1950s. The 2022 annual celebrates the winter Olympics… and this year it’s taking pace in Dandytown! Korky the Cat and Winker Watson bring together all of their friends, from Desperate Dan and Brassneck to Beryl the Peril and Blinky, to compete in some of the silliest sports youll see, such as snowman building, ski jumping and even curling (we think that’s a REAL one!) The Dandy Annual is 112 pages of all-new comic strip content starring your faves from across the decades. Its an essential part of Christmas, delivering laughter, mischief and wangles in typical Dandy style.

Read Peter Duncan’s review of this year’s BEANO and The Dandy annuals here

You can order these annuals from any bookshop but this affiliate link takes you to a search on AmazonUK

Disney Frozen Annual 2022

Enjoy more epic magic with the Frozen Annual 2022!

Featuring content from both Frozen and Frozen 2 movies, the Frozen Annual 2022 is packed full of entertaining stories together with colouring, games, puzzles and activities.

The Frozen Annual 2022 makes a perfectly magical gift for all young fans of Anna, Elsa, Olaf and friends.

It makes a great stocking filler present for Christmas.

Disney Princess Annual 2022

The Disney Princess Annual 2022 – a magical collection of Disney Princess stories and activities!

The Disney Princess Annual 2022 celebrates all our favourite Disney Princesses including Moana, Cinderella, Aurora, Snow White, Belle, Jasmine, Tiana, Ariel, Mulan and Rapunzel.

As always, the Disney Princess Annual includes lots of exciting stories as well as fascinating princess profiles, fun colouring pages, search and finds, dot-to-dot puzzles, mazes, odd ones out, puzzles, posters and more – plenty to keep all princess fans entertained.

The Disney Princess Annual 2022 makes a great Christmas present. It’s a must-have purchase for all princess fans!

Doctor Who Annual 2022

Doctor Who Annual 2022

The official annual, and the must-have gift for Doctor Who fans of all ages!

Hello! I’m the Doctor, and this is my book.

Only it isn’t like other books, because I’m going to tell you what happens at the end first – I escape! From space prison!

Amazing eh? But while I was locked up I kept a diary, and you can read some of it in the pages that follow – along with loads of top-secret intelligence reports from my friends (and even some enemies). Enjoy!

The ultimate guide to all things Doctor Who – from the Doctor herself whilst she’s locked up in space prison!

Jam packed with activities, puzzles, stories and all your favourite characters from series new and old, your journey through time and space starts right here.

Dungeons & Dragons Annual 2022

Take a look back at the last 12 months of Dungeons & Dragons. Discover all there is to know about the latest campaigns, explore legendary locations and brush up on fearsome monsters you might meet on your adventures.

With activities, interviews with awesome podcasters and streamers and more epic content, this will keep fans rolling for another twelve months.

You can order these annuals from any bookshop but this affiliate link takes you to a search on AmazonUK

The Fireside Book Annual 2022

The Fireside Book celebrates the four seasons with inspirational thoughts and poems accompanied by stunning colour illustrations. The work of gifted poets and talented artists come together in this beautiful annual favourite with over 60 poems and paintings to inspire, comfort and satisfy, whatever your mood. Includes inspirational thoughts, poems and paintings from The Peoples Friend and is the perfect companion to The Friendship Book.

The Friendship Book Annual 2022

One of the most popular magazines on the market brings you a different thought for every day of the year. The Friendship Book offers wisdom, comfort and humour to uplift, cheer and sustain. Accompanied by beautiful photographs, this inspirational anthology is a delight to dip into again and again.

FORTNITE Official: The Chronicle (Annual 2022)

ALL THE CRAZIEST HIGHLIGHTS FROM FORTNITE’S LATEST SEASONS IN THE BRAND-NEW OFFICIAL ANNUAL FROM EPIC GAMES

It’s been another wild ride in the world of Fortnite, with new challenges, rewards, map changes, and awesome Outfits keeping the game as fresh as ever. Now, in this official yearbook from Epic Games, you can relive all the major Battle Royale stories and surprises from the past 12 months. Packed full of fun features, cool artwork, quizzes, and exclusive inside knowledge, this is essential reading for any Fortnite fan.

Fred Basset Yearbook 2022

Fred Basset Yearbook 2022

Fred Basset first sauntered onto the pages of the Daily Mail in July 1963, and over more than half a century he has made himself a household name with readers all over the world. Nearly six decades after his debut, Fred and his friends continue to delight and entertain us with their trademark mix of wholesome humour, wry wit and shrewd observation. Their familiar faces and new adventures offer readers a source of comfort, contentment and amusement in our increasingly hectic, fast-paced world.

Through all life’s ups and downs, Fred Basset is always here to lift our spirits. Join Fred and his lovable gang on and off the leash, as they indulge in their favourite activities – and chase plenty of rabbits, naturally.

This is classic Fred Basset and an essential read for all fans.

Gigantosaurus Official Annual 2022

Travel back in time to the cretaceous world and join Dino friends Rocky, Bill, Mazu and Tiny on their ROARsome adventures… but keep your eye out for Gigantosaurus!

Packed full of puzzles, games, activities and more, the new Annual for 2022 will keep fans of the prehistoric pals entertained for hours.

Giles: The Collection 2022

Giles: The Collection 2022

Giles enthusiasts will be thrilled with this latest collection of classic cartoons.

Capturing Giles’ trademark style and British humour, the 2022 annual collection takes a look inside the Giles family home and showcases the comings and goings within. Full of satirical wit and detailed artwork, this collection perfectly captures the chaos of typical British domestic life through political remarks, heated dinner conversations and unwanted visitors.

Due to COVID-19, the home has become the centre of daily life for many across Britain, and so Giles’ raw and comical cartoons embody more than ever the small details and dynamics of family life. While the characters’ physical appearances never change, the steady progression of British culture can be seen through music references, fashion choices and interior décor.

Fans of Giles will be delighted to receive the latest annual compilation, featuring 150 cartoons from the archives of one of the most celebrated cartoonists of the once biggest selling daily newspaper in the world, the Daily Express, whose work led to him being voted the best cartoonist of the 20th century.

Guinness World Records 2022

Fully revised and updated, Guinness World Records 2022 provides a fascinating snapshot of our world today, and the perfect gift for Christmas! Some of the record-packed features in this year’s edition include: ‘Environmental champions,’ the eco-warriors fighting to make our planet a better place. ‘The tallest and shortest…’ measuring a host of the world’s loftiest and diminutive humans. ‘Pop Culture icons,’ we reveal the world’s most successful movie franchises, videogames, toys and brands. ‘Young Achievers,’ meet the under 16-year-old influencers, entrepreneurs and entertainers who are taking positive steps to change the world.

Additionally, look out for bonus features including more inductees into the Guinness World Records Hall of Fame, such as Sir David Attenborough, and K-Pop sensations BTS; and “Virtual Visits” that take you on a journey to some of the most fascinating and record-packed visitor attractions, museums, and parks!

Hey Duggee: The Official Hey Duggee Annual 2022

The Official Hey Duggee Annual is the perfect Christmas gift or stocking filler for any Hey Duggee fan!

Join Duggee and the Squirrels for lots of fun in this awesome annual, packed with three brand new stories, games to play and fun activities to complete like mazes and spot the difference! Plus all of your favourite characters from the Hey Duggee world!

There’s plenty to keep little Squirrels entertained for hours!

Jacqueline Wilson Annual 2022

Contains exclusive interviews and tips from inspirational heroes writer Jacqueline Wilson and artist Nick Sharratt who are both instantly recognisable and have high parental and educator approval. Annual content is designed to stimulate imaginations and encourage learning through fun creating stories, developing characters and trying design challenges. A book to be used over and over again! Also includes puzzles, flowcharts and quizzes to keep them busy. Ideal for children aged 7 to 12 who love reading, writing, craft or art and anyone who likes Jacqueline Wilson.

LEGO: Official Annual 2022 (with minifigure)

Join all of your favourite LEGO minifigures in this awesome annual. Build your very own LEGO minifigure, before completing the fun and colourful games, puzzles and activities.

LEGO fans will love making their way through the activities, reading the comic stories and laughing along with the minifigures.

LEGO Harry Potter: Official Yearbook 2022

Fans of the Wizarding World will love this colourful collection of LEGO Harry Potter games, puzzles and activities. Harry is joined by Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Dumbledore and all the other Hogwarts regulars in this awesome Official Annual. It’s packed with mazes, dot-to-dots, spot-the-differences, seek-and-finds and loads of other fun puzzles. There are also comic stories to read, based around the adventures of Harry and his friends.

The LEGO Harry Potter Official Annual also comes with a minifigure to build and play with.

You can order these annuals from any bookshop but this affiliate link takes you to a search on AmazonUK

L.O.L. Surprise! Official Annual 2022

Lights, camera, fashion!

Your favourite B.B.s are ready for their close up! Featuring all your favourite B.B.s strutting their stuff on the pink carpet, there’s so much fun stuff to discover in this action packed Annual.

Stuffed full with the fiercest activities, fun vibes and surprise after surprise on every page, this all-new Annual is so extra!

Match Annual 2022

MATCH is the UK’s bestselling football annual and is top of Christmas wish lists for footy fans everywhere.

Inside the Match Annual 2022 you can find the ultimate guide to the postponed Euro 2021, epic interviews with the stars, plus the UK and Ireland dream team and also discover everything you need to know about Messi, Ronaldo, Kane, Salah, Mbappé, Maguire, Hazard, Pogba and all the other top footballers.

Plus, it’s packed with legendary Prem No.7s, craziest stories from lockdown, brain-busting quizzes, the greatest Premiership team ever, bonkers pics, footy stars emojis, cool cartoons and loads more!

Match of the Day Annual 2022

GOAAAAAAAAAAL!!!

From the UK’s number 1 football magazine, the very best footy annual is back!

Crammed full with fun football trivia, quizzes, games, puzzles, top 10s, cartoons and more, this is the only annual fans of the beautiful game will need.

Featuring Gary and all of the MOTD presenters, Paz, Ketch, and the planet’s top teams and players, Match of the Day Annual 2022 is the best around – it will be on the top of your Christmas list!

Minecraft Annual 2022

The official Minecraft Annual is packed with activities, build ideas and survival challenges to try out in-game.
Featuring all the latest news in the world of Minecraft, the official Minecraft Annual is a must have for all Minecraft fans. Discover the latest updates and the newest games, including features on the Cliffs and Caves update, Minecraft Dungeons and Minecraft Earth.

My Little Pony Annual 2022

The My Little Pony Annual 2022 is full of tales of friendship, sparkle-tastic activities, exciting puzzles and much more! A must-have gift for My Little Pony fans of all ages.

Join your favourite friends Applejack, Twilight Sparkle, Rarity, Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie in this year’s Annual. Help them through mazes, complete spot the differences and colour them in to create perfect pony masterpieces.

Also featuring stories and activities based on the new movie!

The pony world of Equestria has lost its magic. (GASP!) Friendship & Harmony have been replaced by paranoia & mistrust, and Ponies now live separated by species. Sunny – a feisty and idealistic young Earth Pony – is convinced there’s still hope for this divided world… however, when she befriends a lost Unicorn named Izzy, who wanders innocently into the Earth Pony town of Maretime Bay, the town has had enough.

Izzy and Sunny must embark on an epic adventure that will take them to faraway lands and force them to challenge the status quo by facing their fears and making new friends out of old enemies.

The world Sunny has dreamed of her entire life could finally become a reality as Sunny and her newfound friends fight to prove that even LITTLE ponies can make a BIG difference.

My Weekly Annual 2022

Launched 110 years ago, My Weekly magazine is one of the best loved and longest running womens weeklies in the UK. My Weekly 2022 Annual is a feast of fabulous reading for women everywhere. It’s packed with 29 heart-warming stories, wonderful recipes, fun puzzles and facts to make you go wow the perfect mix of reading to inspire and entertain. Theres something for everyone in this wonderful collection its the ultimate feel-good read!

Numberblocks Annual 2022

Official 2022 annual for Numberblocks, the BAFTA-winning most-watched show on Cbeebies!

What happens when numbers come to life?
Every day is an adventure with the Numberblocks.

Packed with games, puzzles and episodes, this interactive book helps young learners to build numbers up to 100, recognise number patterns and search and count with Numberblocks One to One Hundred.

Perfect for children aged 4+ who are learning how to count.

Peppa Pig: The Official Annual 2022

Keep little hands occupied for hours with Peppa’s Official Annual! Packed with stories, games and activities, as well as Christmas colouring creations and festive crafts.

Plus all of your favourite characters from Peppa!

The perfect Christmas gift for Peppa fans.

You can order these annuals from any bookshop but this affiliate link takes you to a search on AmazonUK

The People’s Friend Annual 2022

The Peoples Friend magazine has been delighting its readers for over 152 years its the oldest womens weekly magazine in the world and still going strong. The brand is known and trusted worldwide. Enjoy the Friends unique charm with 25 brand new stories, poems, nostalgia and watercolour paintings. It has hours of feel-good fiction that youll want to dip into again and again!

Aimed primarily at the over 60s market people who love to read quality fiction and are looking for uplifting, feel-good entertainment.

Pokémon Annual 2022

The perfect gift for any Pokémon master in training!

This year’s Annual is packed with stories, activities, Pokémon stats and games for fans of all ages.

Join Pikachu and all your favourite Pokémon friends for an adventure in the Galar region.

With a Pokédex of all the facts about over 150 Pokémon – including Bulbasaur, Charmander, Eevee, Flareon and many more – this is a must-have for ultimate Pokémon Trainers!

Complete the puzzles, test your knowledge with the quizzes, navigate the mazes and be crowned Pokémon master in this 2022 Annual!

Private Eye Annual 2021

The 2021 Private Eye Annual presents the year’s best cartoons, jokes, parodies and topical sketches from the UK’s most successful satirical news and current affairs magazine
• Illustrated throughout with cartoons, sketches and photo-bubbles
• The Private Eye Annual has become both a seasonal institution and a perennial Christmas bestseller with sales of over 120,000 copies
• Edited by the Eye’s Ian Hislop – team captain HIGNFY

Rupert Annual 2022

In this year’s Rupert Annual, Rupert goes on an adventure with the frogs, befriends the young Hamish, rescues a merboy and much more!

Enjoy a brand-new story ‘Rupert and the Christmas Ribbon’, originated and illustrated by Stuart Trotter, plus a selection of much-loved activities to complete at home.

The stories included are: Rupert and Hamish, Rupert and the Angry Sea, Rupert and the Housemouse, Rupert and the Train Journey, Rupert and the Raft, and Rupert and the Christmas Ribbon.

Shoot Official Annual 2022

Shoot ‘The Voice of Football’ gives you the official lowdown on the beautiful game.

Catch up with all the on-pitch action from your footballing heroes and favourite teams in the 2022 Annual, packed with exclusive interviews, profiles, stats and trivia, this year’s Annual is a must read for fans of all ages!

Official Strictly Come Dancing Annual 2022

Dah dah dah dah dah dah dah, dah dah dah dah dah…

That’s right, Strictly Come Dancing is back and it’s bigger than ever with an all new cast of stars ready to grace the dance floor. Head behind the scenes for exclusive interviews with the pro dancers, their celebrity partners and the fabulous judges to discover how the Strictly magic is created.

With extra games, quizzes, puzzles and trivia, this is your dream partner for the Strictly spectacular.

This England Annual 2022

This England is a quarterly magazine which has been published for over 50 years and sold in the UK and overseas. This England Annual is packed with informative articles, beautiful colour photographs and uplifting poetry celebrating all that is best about England. As well as our fantastic guides to 2022 and the anniversaries you wont want to miss, we have inspiring features on everything from heritage railways to the Red Arrows to our favourite nature reserves. There are quizzes galore to test your knowledge on subjects as varied as Kings and Queens, sport and geography.

Thomas & Friends Annual 2022

The Thomas & Friends Annual 2022 features great stories from the TV show together with fact-packed engine profiles, fun colouring pages, dot-to-dots, spot the differences, odd ones out, counting activities, mazes, quizzes, posters and more.

The annual includes four great all-action stories: Nia’s Bright Idea! James the Super Engine! Emily to the Rescue! And Yong Bao and the Tiger.

The Thomas & Friends Annual 2022 is great for all train and transport-loving kids. It’s the perfect gift for Christmas.

Thomas has been teaching children lessons about life and friendship for over 75 years. He ranks alongside other beloved characters such as Paddington Bear, Winnie-the-Pooh and Peter Rabbit as an essential part of our literary heritage.

Viz Annual 2022: The Copper’s Torch: A casebook of dazzling flashes of brilliance from issues 282-291

The last 12 months have been the strangest anyone can remember; all our lives have been turned upside down. We were unable to meet and hold our loved ones. Our right to travel at home and abroad was suspended. The contestants on University Challenge had plastic screens between them.

But it’s comforting to know that amid all the turmoil, some things remained unchanged. And Viz Comic was one of them.

And we’re determined to bring normality back to all our lives with this, our brand new annual. Viz Comic – The Copper’s Torch is the same hefty 226 pages as its predecessors have been for many years. Not only that, but the price remains the same at a paltry £12.99. And to further add to the sense of normality, the book is packed full of all the usual stuff, including…

• Action packed adventure: The 999 Emergency Bomb Squad, The Adventures of Robin of Sherwood, and high-octane thrills with The Topless Speed Freaks.

• Informative features: Everything you need to know about Dragons, the blood and guts story of the Colosseum, the toileting facilities of the Tour de France, and the horror of what happens when pets go big.

• Letterbocks, Top Tips, Roger’s Profanisaurus and all your favourite cartoon characters.

So this Christmas, let The Copper’s Torch shine a warming light of happiness and hope into your life, or at least into the life of someone in the tricky £10- £15 present bracket.

WWE Annual 2022

WWE fans will love this annual! Bursting with facts about all your favourite WWE superstars! Packed with signature moves and activities! Tons of quizzes and wicked word puzzles for hours of fun! Featuring all your favourite wrestlers including John Cena, The Rock, Seth Rollins, Becky Lynch and many more! The perfect gift for all wresting fans!

Official Football Annuals available this year include those for Arsenal, Bournemouth, Brighton & Hove, Charlton Athletic, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Derby County, Everton, Leeds United, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Midlothian, Queens Park Rangers, Southampton, Sunderland, Swansea City, Tottenham Hotspur, Watford and West Ham – and there’s an official England Rugby Annual, Rugby Annual, and a Match! Barcelona Annual, too.

You can order these annuals from any bookshop but this affiliate link takes you to a search on AmazonUK

GRAB A FREE ANNUAL!

• If you’re a fan of “vintage” annuals that come cover to cover with comics strip, there’s a free copy of the ComicScene Annual 2021 to download.

“Feel free to share to friends and family for Christmas,” says publisher and editor Tony Foster. (If you like it, you could make a donation to the site, or sign up now for their Best of Indies project

With thanks to Lew Stringer for giving me a boot up the bum to compile this!

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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