Here is an advertisement that was slipped into the middle of one or two Fleetway comics just before Christmas in 1984. Ok, admittedly it appeared a long time before Christmas, in the last week of September!
It is, of course, an advert for all the annuals going on sale that year. As with all annuals, despite going on sale in 1984 they all had 1985 written on the cover!
Looking through it's amazing just how many annuals there were on sale back then, and this is just from Fleetway! There'd be a whole load more coming in from D.C Thomson!
However, we do still have some annuals remaining on the shelves! The most obvious are The Beano and The Dandy (yes, The Dandy annuals will still continue in print form), but there are a whole load more! Just head over to Amazon.co.uk and type in '2013 Annual', and you'll be faced with almost 1,500 results! Although a huge majority of them are based on either television shows or video games, there are a few goodies in there, such as the 2013 Oor Wullie book, the 2013 Where's Wally anniversary book and the 2013 Rupert annual!
Or, if you don't feel like spending too much money on an annual for Christmas, you can always grab yourself a classic book, often with prices starting from just one penny!