Published for Each Year Since 1960
Chart of annuals published for each year in my lifetime (1960 to 2019)
my lifetime, 2019 saw the lowest number of annuals published for the
year at just 30 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).
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 143 annuals for 1980. From 1980 there has been a steady decline
in the number published with a rapid drop from 1985 to 1995. There was
a slow period of revival at lower levels in the 90s and 00s, but since
2011 (with the exception of a peak in 2015) the number has dropped to
a sixty-year low. The popularity of annuals has dropped, with bookshops
reluctant to stock them, often offering them at half price right from
the day of release, and often 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 Thomas the Tank Engine. It remains to be seen if the annuals
will disappear completely over the coming years.