Published for Each Year Since 1960
Chart of annuals published for each year (1960 to 2022)
1960 , 2022 has the lowest number of annuals published for the year
at just 21 annuals (as featured on my website)...
All data based on annuals as
featured on my website and not necessarily every single annual
ever published (does not include 'gaming' annuals nor 'sports/football'
Annuals started to become popular from 1960 onwards, climbing in numbers
to their peaks of popularity in the 1970s and 1980s, with an all-time
high of 146 annuals for 1980. The dip in 1972 was due to the power cuts
of the time, leading to printing presses not being able to run and several
new comic releases being delayed (such as the Donald
and Mickey comic which was due for release in February 1972 but
was delayed until March). Several annuals were cancelled or postponed
(which is why there wasn't a Doctor Who annual for 1972). From 1980
there has been a steady decline in the number of annuals published with
a rapid drop from 1985 to 1997. There was a slow period of revival at
lower levels from 1997 to 2011, but since 2011 (with the exception of
a peak in 2015) the number has dropped to its lowest level with an all-time
low of 21 annuals for 2022.
The popularity of annuals has waned, with bookshops reluctant to stock
them, often offering them at half price right from the day of release,
and lumbered with leftover stock by January. With the decline of comics
from 1985 onwards, many of the annuals disappeared as the comics did,
and much of what was left was promotional items for the latest blockbuster
movies and exceptionally popular TV programmes such as 'Doctor
Who' and 'Thomas
and Friends'. Whilst I doubt the 'Beano'
and 'Dandy' annuals will
dsappear anytime soon, I imagine that the number of annuals issued yearly
will now slow and even out at about 20 or so annuals per year - time