Jings – a complete 'Oor Wullie' collection at NLS!

Cover of an 'Oor Wullie' annual
'Oor Wullie' annual,
1940. By courtesy of
Lyon and Turnbull.

Two extremely rare editions of the 'Oor Wullie' annual will shortly arrive at the National Library of Scotland.

We have been looking for a while for the first and second volumes of cartoon tales about one of the iconic characters in Scottish popular culture. All that was missing to complete our collection of the annuals were those from 1940 and 1942.

Very few copies of these 2 paperback annuals are known to survive, and those we bought at auction are in good condition, considering their age.

A Scottish favourite

Dundee-based publishers D C Thomson created 'Oor Wullie' as a cartoon strip in the 'Sunday Post' newspaper in 1936. These were the only 2 annuals produced during the war years, due to paper shortages, and it wasn't until 1948 that the book began to appear regularly. It went on to become a Scottish favourite and a popular Christmas gift.

'The "Oor Wullie" collection serves as a great reminder of Scotland's publishing history,' says Andrew Martin, NLS Modern Scottish Collections curator.

1 October 2010

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