Northampton’s Close Encounters offers British comic rarities, including first ever Rupert the Bear annual

Northampton’s ace comic shop, Close Encounters, has recently acquired a very large collection of rare British classic comic annuals, which will soon be offered in their eBay store.

The team have given downthetubes a heads up on what will go on sale, including The Beano, The Dandy, Topper, Oor Wullie, The Broons and Rupert the Bear books, as well as an assortment of other UK titles. 

Here are some of the DC Thomson titles, some of them offered in auction and in specialist bookshops for eye-watering amounts in the past, especially early, wartime titles which are rarer because of paper rationing and recycling for the war effort at the time.

Scroll through some of the DC Thomson titles that will go on sale soon, here…

  • The Dandy Monster Comic Annual 1940
  • The Dandy Monster Comic Annual 1941
  • Dandy Monster Comic Annual 1941
  • Dandy Monster Comic Annual 1942
  • Dandy Monster Comic Annual 1943
  • Dandy Monster Comic Annual 1944
  • The Dandy Book 1958
  • The Beano Book 1940
  • The Beano Book 1940
  • The Beano Book 1942
  • The Beano Book 1951
  • The Beano Book 1953
  • The Beano Book 1955
  • The Beano Book 1956
  • The Magic Fun Book 1942
  • 1950s Oor Wullie books

The Rupert books go back to the 1920s, and include the first ever Rupert annual, while the The Beano and The Dandy Books on offer include rare 1940s editions.

The titles will be listed on Close Encounters eBay store here over the coming weeks – or are available directly from the Northampton store.

• Close Encounters, 29 Abington Square, Northampton, NN1 4AE | Tel: 01604 602311 | Web:

The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. 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 "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.

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