Have you ever met Fred Basset? "The hound that's almost human!" He is, needless to say, a basset hound. And he inspires both love and dislike according to your sense of humour. In fact, apart from Andy Capp, I cannot think of another British cartoon strip which causes so much diversity of appreciation. I’m one of those who love him!
Fred Basset arrived in the pages of the UK "Daily Mail" on 8th July 1963 And he's never looked back. It is often suggested that Fred was based upon Frieda, the basset hound of Fred’s creator Alex Graham.
Fred leads a dog's life. He mutters and mumbles through the days, giving us an insight into his doggy mind and his canine thoughts. Our Fred's a rather pompous fellow, as it happens. He doesn't understand his owners, just as they don't understand him. Then again, he looks down his nose at his own doggy pals like Fifi the poodle and Jock the Scottish Terrier. Their behaviour seems so much more inferior to his own.
Fred has toddled on through the days and years, irrespective of the changing world around him. The strip has never been particularly topical, or political. And that's just how the readership likes it.
When Alex Graham died in 1991 he left behind a surplus of unpublished artwork, and these, combined with 28 years of strips mean that there are some 9000 toons in syndication. So it looks like Fred will be with us for a wee while longer!
As well as the newspaper strips, there have been at least 58 anthologies published over the years - and they're still coming out annually today...
I don’t know if he is syndicated (and appreciated) in North America but if not you are missing a great British tradition.
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