Friday, 9 September 2011

rupert the bear days

some years ago I bought this Rupert set from a really strange bloke .He was the kind of bloke who said he'd do things but then never did them.But in a way he wasn't strange at all just a kind of moral loser like most you could meet.
 I make the point because there is too kinds of strange, one interesting strange maybe in spite of itself and then theres pathetic strange, maybe again in spite of itself. But the word strange is just because there's nothing eccentric about Rupert.
 As a little boy I used to read the usual comics all year but when the Rupert annual arrived well things got serious. Rupert was not Be rnard Bridgeman in the hotspur playing for Blackford Wanderers but he was strange and  I'd pour over the annual for long
 .I mean as a kid I bought dandy and beano , hotspur, victor and another one which was about knowledge of the world. The characters in my comics were notable Union Jack Jackson, a British Royal Marine serving with the US Marine Corps in the Pacific campaign during World War II, appeared in Hotspur, then later in Warlord. Bill Sampson, also known as The Wolf of Kabul, an agent of the British Intelligence Corps, first introduced in The Wizard, appeared in illustrated format in The Hotspur. Clicky-ba thundered, and men with crushed heads squirmed on the path. Dreadful sounds echoed up the cliffs as the vanguard of Yahaw Khan's army swung this way and that, retreating and advancing in turns ... In sheer desperation they attacked, but found themselves opposed not only by Chung, but by the twin daggers of the Wolf. He used those blades with a skill that had yet to be equalled. When he struck it was as sure as the attack of a snake. Men dropped. The daggers in the hands of the Wolf were red to their silver hiltsThe series Red Circle School was about a public school with pupils from all over the world The character was created by the English artist Mary Tourtel and first appeared in the Daily Express on 8 November 1920. Rupert's initial purpose was to win sales from the rival Daily Mail and Daily Mirror.
 Since then, he has become significant to children's culture in the United Kingdom. In 1935, the mantle of Rupert artist and storyteller was taken over by Alfred Bestall, who was previously an illustrator for Punch and other glossy magazines. Bestall proved to be successful in the field of children's literature and worked on Rupert stories and artwork into his 90s. Since then, various other artists and writers have continued the series, which still runs to this day.Most of the characters in the series are anthropomorphic (animals with humanoid forms); for instance, Rupert himself is a humanoid bear and his best friend Bill is a humanoid badger. Rupert's pals include both an elephant (Edward Trunk) and a mouse (Willie) who are both scaled to be about the same size as Rupert and Bill. There are also a few human characters in the stories, such as the Professor (who lives in a castle with his servant), Tiger Lily (a Chinese girl) and less frequently occurring characters such as Sailor Sam, Captain Binnacle and Rollo, the Gypsy boy.

The series often features fantastic and magical adventures in faraway lands. The comic strip was, and still is, published daily in the newspaper, with many of these stories later being printed in books, and every year since 1936 a Rupert annual has also been released. The success of the Rupert series has led to the creation of several television series based on the character. It also has a large fan following, with such groups as The Followers of Rupert.
Rupert is a white bear who lives with his parents in a house in Nutwood, England. He usually sets out on a small errand for his mother or to visit a friend and ends up in fantastic adventures. Rupert is drawn wearing a red jumper and bright yellow checked trousers, with matching yellow scarf.
Rupert has many friends, both animal and human. His animal friends are referred to as his "chums" or "pals". Bill Badger, Pong-Ping the Pekingese, Algy Pug (who actually predates Rupert, Edward Trunk the elephant, Podgy Pig, and Ming the dragon are some of the most enduring. One of the most unusual and evocative characters is Raggety, a woodland troll-creature made from twigs, who is often very grumpy and annoying. In the recent TV series, Raggety has been transformed into a friendly elf with broken English.
The kindly Wise Old Goat also lives in Nutwood, and helps Rupert in some of his adventures. Rupert's adventures are often due to his friend, "The Professor", he is always inventing things that open the door for an adventure

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