Royal Mail Celebrates 100 Years Of Rupert Bear with the launch of a set of eight stamps.

Created in 1920 and first illustrated by Mary Tourtel, Rupert Bear is Britain’s longest continually published comic strip, first appearing in the Daily Express in November of that year. The stamps feature the artwork of Alfred Bestall, who wrote and illustrated more than 270 Rupert stories after he took on the role in 1935.

The set is made up of four pairs of stamps featuring two illustrations from one of Rupert’s adventures with some of his friends including Algy Pup, Bill Badger and Pompey the baby elephant.

Philip Parker from Royal Mail, said, “We celebrate the 100th birthday of Rupert, one of the most-loved characters in children’s literature. He has introduced successive generations of children to a wonderful make-believe world of magic and adventure.”

The full set of eight stamps, available in a Presentation Pack, retails at £10.00. The stamps and a range of collectible products are available now from www.royalmail.com/rupertbear