Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Alex Graham began selling cartoons to magazines during World War II (DC Thompson and The New Yorker). He joined the Dundee Weekly News, and created a comic strip, 'Wee Hughie', in 1945 and continued this feature until about 1970. In 1946, Graham created another comic for the paper, 'Our Bill'. A year later, he made 'Willy Nilly' in the Sunday Graphic, and for 17 years, he made 'Briggs the Buttler' in Tatler weekly. He was also the author of 'Graham's Golf Club' in Punch.
On July 9, 1963, Graham began the comic strip with which he was most closely associated: 'Fred Basset'. Originally appearing in the Daily Mail, the strip eventually found its way to foreign publications through the Tribune Media Services. After Graham's death in 1991, the strip kept on appearing in reruns until Michael Martin took over.