The Picture Story Library was a series of books that had all the drama, fun, mystery and adventure of a weekly comic strip crammed into one small 62 page digest. They were a monthly treat to go along with your weekly issues. The stories were complete so no waiting around for the next issue to find out what would happen to the characters. Sometimes the stories did feature familiar characters in new stories, regular characters like “The Four Marys”, “Wee Slavey” or “The Comp” popped up a lot in these books. The rest of the books were just new stories with new characters, though they did have familiar themes. Sometimes an issue had several stories tied under one theme for example ”Chill Out” that told 4 spooky stories.
The Bunty books lasted 455 books, the Mandy books finished at the same time but because they started later than the Bunty there were only 277 books. Judy finished with 375 books and Debbie with 197 books. Particularly towards the end of the run it was common to reprint earlier stories, despite this throughout their long run there was some entertaining original stories.
Click on the links below for a list of the Picture Library Books published.