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Fred Basset has been "running" non-stop since he first appeared in London's Daily Mail on 8th July 1963, even though his creator, Alex Graham, died in 1991. Graham, who owned a basset hound named Freida, published 8,757 Freds before he died. In addition, he left behind an 18-month supply of his comic strip. When that expired, the Daily Mail and other newspapers around the world began publishing original strips, drawn by an artist appointed and supervised by the Graham family. The new strips were continued in Graham's style with artwork by Michael Martin and Graham's daughter, Arran Keith, continuing the family link.

Not all of Alex Graham's strips have been published in book form. Alex numbered all his Fred Basset comic strips which is evident in the books. Though all the books have small gaps, there is a notable gap between books 41 and 42 where the strip numbers ended with 6483 in book 41 and started at 8159 in book 42, which means strips published between 1984 and 1989 have not seen book publication, which is a shame.

I am unsure when the first book was published (though it is widely thought to be 1963) and the next 30 books issued are also undated (no copyright dates at all). Nos 32 and 33 are both copyrighted as 1981. Book 12 was dual priced at 3/- and 15 new pence which puts that copy around 1969 when decimal currency was introduced in the UK. This means, that like other comic strip books of the time, more than one book per year must have been published. From No 34 onwards there was one book per year, but numbering was dropped for the 1994 issue onwards. Unusually the books were still issued one per year but the year they were for was the same as the year they were issued, unlike other 'annuals' which was for the year following. Fred Basset books are still being published today.

There were some additional books issued during the run, one in 1988 titled "Fred Basset 25 Years", and another issued in 1989 titled "Fred Basset Bumper Book 2" (the 'Bumper Book 1' being the '25 years' one)
. Below is a Gallery of UK Fred Basset Books in publication order.

No 1
No 2
No 3
No 4
No 5
No 6
No 7
No 8
No 9
No 10
No 11
No 12
No 13
No 14
No 15
No 16
No 17
No 18
No 19
No 20
No 21
No 22
No 23
No 24
No 25
No 26
No 27
No 28
No 29
No 30
No 31
No 32 (1981)
No 33 (1981)
No 34 (1982)
No 35 (1983)
No 36 (1984)
No 37 (1985)
No 38 (1986)
No 39 (1987)
No 40 (1988)
25 Years (1988)
No 41 (1989)
Bumper Book 2 (1989)
No 42 (1990)
No 43 (1991)
No 44 (1992)
No 45 (1993)
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010-2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
 

In 1977 Associated Newspapers published this hardback children's book (story book, no comic strips) by Neilson Graham (Alex's son).

1977

In 2005 Orion Books published this hardback book celebrating more than 40 years of Fred Basset.

2005

In 2009 Summersdale Books published these two hardback books.

2009
2009

In 2013 Summersdale Books published this hardback book celebrating 50 years of Fred Basset.

2013

US

As far as I know, only one book of Fred Basset was produced in the US by Fawcett in 1969.
Whether this was intended as a pilot which failed or there were in fact later books is
unknown to me. If anyone has further information and/or images, please email me.

1969

Australia

Fred Basset Books in Australia were produced by Beaumont Books from 1979 to 1984 and
Capricorn Books (one issue) in 1985.

64-Page Books...

1979
1980
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985

192-Page Books...

1984

Other Countries

Germany

1983
1979
The title translates as "...The Dog, Which Millions Love"
The title translates as
"...Newest Adventures"