No recent wiki edits to this page.

In 1839 in Somerset, Charles Dando Purnell set up a printing company, officially known as Purnell and Sons, but also referred to as Purnell Publishing and simply Purnell, which was to become Europe's biggest publishing company. For years it published books, notably bibles, but from the 1960s it also published childrens' annuals, competing with other publishers such as World Distributors for this market. In 1964 they merged with the Hazell Sun to form the British Printing Corporation, but its annuals and many of its childrens' books retained the Purnell name despite this. It continued to grow rapidly in the 1970s, until in 1981 media baron Robert Maxwell took over the company. Though the overall company changed its name again under Maxwell, Purnell's name continued to be seen on annuals for a few more years, before the company went into administration following Maxwell's death in 1991.

This edit will also create new pages on Comic Vine for:

Beware, you are proposing to add brand new pages to the wiki along with your edits. Make sure this is what you intended. This will likely increase the time it takes for your changes to go live.

Comment and Save

Until you earn 1000 points all your submissions need to be vetted by other Comic Vine users. This process takes no more than a few hours and we'll send you an email once approved.