During the 1970s and 1980s, Annuals were at their peak, offering a wide selection of titles. These hardback, A4-sized books were highly promoted and usually released in late summer or early autumn for the following year’s Christmas season. The leading publisher of Annuals in 1980 was IPC magazines, particularly under the “A Fleetway Annual” brand, which produced an impressive 60 Annuals every year.

Fleetway found Annuals to be a profitable venture as they sold in large quantities and were cost-effective to produce. These Annuals catered to various genres and age groups, often comprising reprints with a small amount of newly commissioned content. If a title was still ongoing, the Annual was created by the editorial team of that particular publication, while if a title had been discontinued, available staff members would put together the Annual.

However, the popularity of Annuals began to decline in the mid-1980s due to increased competition from television and computer games. 1994 marked the final year of classic hardback Annuals from Fleetway, with only a limited number of titles being published.

2000 AD45Annuals from 1978 through to 1989, Sci-Fi specials from 1977 to 1996 and various other specials
Battle31Annuals from 1976 through to 1989 and various holiday specials from 1986 to 1991
Eagle (Original)27Various yearly annuals from 1951 through to 1975 and a few specials
Eagle (Relaunch)17Annuals/Yearbooks from 1983 to 1992 and holiday specials from 1983 to 1990
Lion14Annuls raging from 1956 to 1980 and holiday specials from the 60’s and 70’s
Roy of the Rovers60Annuals starting in 1958 and finishing in 2000 and all sorts of specials and compilations.
Scorcher7Annuals from 1972 to 1978 and the holiday special from 1972
Speed1The Speed annual from 1982
Tiger44Annuals from 1957 through to 1987 and various specials from 1969 to 1984
Tornado2The annual from 1980 and the summer special from 1980
TV214Annuals from 1970 to 1973
TV Action6Annuals from 1972, 1973 and 1974 plus specials from 1971, 1972 and 1973. This title incorporates Countdown.
TV Comic22Annuals from 1954 to 1977 and various holiday specials from 1966 to 1982
TV Tornado3Annuals from 1968, 1969 and 1971
Various TV Annuals22Annuals from TV shows such as:- Avengers, Joe 90, Kojak, Star Trek and many more
Victor15The Victor book for boys from 1964 to 1994 and holiday specials from 1968 to 1989
Wildcat2A couple of holiday specials from 1989
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By Verso

4 thoughts on “Annuals & Specials”
  1. Hi Verso,

    I would just like to say a huge thank you for your awesome and brilliant blog. I am like a kid in a candy store these last couple of days.
    Please accept another huge thank you for the Victor Comics and Annuals, me being over here in Australia find it extremely hard to find the Victor Annuals, and I have been looking for these for many years. I used to collect these when I was around 10 or 11.
    May I please ask you to have a look at the Commando Comics links as they go to the Battle links, but other than I am in heaven.
    So thank you for all of your hard work and commitment to british comics.
    Kind Regards

      1. Hi Verso,
        A huge thank you for updating the Commando link, it works perfectly now.

        Do you mind if I ask you a quick question in regards to your Victor annuals. Do you by any chance have more than what you have uploaded to your site? If you don’t have anymore then I have a few more years that you haven’t uploaded and I was wondering if you would like them for your site? They are in PDF format?

        If you would like them please email me?

        Kind Regards

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