Hilarious Adventures of Asterix and Obelix

These Romans are Crazy!


The year is 50 BC and the Roman Empire is at its strongest. Gaius Julius Caesar has conquered most of Europe. All of Gaul (Modern France) is under the Roman rule. All except a tiny village in the Armorica province, populated by some irksome, indefatigable and irreverent Gauls. Roman Garrisons surround the village, in the hope they may weaken. This village is a blot in Caesar’s glorious landscape. It is an embarrassment that sends him into furious apoplexy. But the Gauls prevail; armed with a magic potion brewed by their Druid Getafix they give those Roman legionnaires hell.


But it isn’t just the magic potion that makes them so powerful, it is those two mighty heroes – one brave, wise and small – the other large, dumb but with a heart of Gold and natural strength ( he fell into the magic potion as a child) who are the stars of the show.


Intrigued that this is some kind of alternate history lesson? Fear not, as these are the hilarious adventures of those French heroes, Asterix and Obelix.

Gaul, 50 BC
Gaul, 50 BC

For it is not just the anarchic history lessons that delighted me as a child (and still does in my adulthood), It is all the delightful drawings, the crazy plots, the visual gags, slapstick, the word play and all those fantastic puns.

For just like how I learnt my geography lessons and a sense of adventure from Tintin, I learnt the European history from 50 BC and humorous possibilities of the language from the Asterix Comics. The crafty puns in the names, the literary allusions, hilarious alternate explanations for historical incidents, Cameos and caricatures from famous figures and celebrities all were the cherries on an already sumptuous cake of fantastic art and exquisite writing.

Worldwide Bestsellers


The Adventures of Asterix are the best selling Franco- Belgian comic series created by two Frenchmen René Goscinny and Alberto Uderzo. The comic book series have been translated in over hundred languages and have sold over 330 million copies all over the world. Goscinny & Uderzo are France’s bestselling authors of all time worldwide, just from these humble comic ‘albums’ that transcend culture and language. They have been made into eight animated films and also three live action films in French. There is also an Asterix theme park in France.


The stories alternate between adventures within the village and those where the heroes visit another European nation leading to much hilarity, stereotyping and puns galore. I haven’t read the French originals much but the English translations work very well . Translators of the English editions , Anthea Bell and Derek Hockridge do a fantastic job without losing the original scripting but also adding nice touches of their own.

Asterix Albums 1- 8

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Getafix is kidnapped by Roman Centurion  ( Crismus Bonus) who dreams of overthrowing Cesar using the Gauls secret recipe. Our heroes to the rescue! The trio cook up a manic scheme to brew a potion under captivity and demand unseasonal ingredients!Disaster as the Druid breaks his golden Sickle without which he cannot harvest the mistltoe to brew the potion. Our heroes have to travel to Lutetia ( PAris ) to purchase him a new one from Obelix's cousin - Metallurgix. Romans try to interfere..tch!Asterix and Obelix accompnay Getafix to an annual Druid conference. A band of goths kidnap the Druid and take him into Germania and our heroes follow.  all manner of mayhem break loose as the potion filled goths fight each other and the RomansRoman Prefect Odius Asparagus captures Cacofonix the Gaul as a present to Caesar. Despite his dubious musical qualities, the village rises up to go and rescue him from Rome and the lions.Tasked with collecting ingredients from various regions in order that chief Vitalstatistix could throw a lavish banquet, our heroes encounter eccentrics in various regions of France and a cute little mutt called Dogmatix. A spoof on Tour de France!Queen Cleo orders her chief architect Edifis to build Cesar a palace in 3 months. fearign for hsi life he knows the only people who could achieve the superhuman task are  the crazy Gauls- Our heroes are let loose in Egypt.Getafix gets a head injury and suffers from amnesia just when their chief prepares for a 'big' fight with another tribal chief. Asterix and Obelix must restore his memory, prepare Vitalstatistix for the fight and ward off those crazy RomanCesar invades Britain (as the latter dont fight over weekends!) and a small village stands against him there too. Asterix's cousin Anticlimax is dispatched to Gaul to seek help. Our heroes accompany him back for an adventure.
Getafix is kidnapped by Roman Centurion  ( Crismus Bonus) who dreams of overthrowing Cesar using the Gauls secret recipe. Our heroes to the rescue! The trio cook up a manic scheme to brew a potion under captivity and demand unseasonal ingredients!
Getafix is kidnapped by Roman Centurion ( Crismus Bonus) who dreams of overthrowing Cesar using the Gauls secret recipe. Our heroes to the rescue! The trio cook up a manic scheme to brew a potion under captivity and demand unseasonal ingredients! | Source
Disaster as the Druid breaks his golden Sickle without which he cannot harvest the mistltoe to brew the potion. Our heroes have to travel to Lutetia ( PAris ) to purchase him a new one from Obelix's cousin - Metallurgix. Romans try to interfere..tch!
Disaster as the Druid breaks his golden Sickle without which he cannot harvest the mistltoe to brew the potion. Our heroes have to travel to Lutetia ( PAris ) to purchase him a new one from Obelix's cousin - Metallurgix. Romans try to interfere..tch! | Source
Asterix and Obelix accompnay Getafix to an annual Druid conference. A band of goths kidnap the Druid and take him into Germania and our heroes follow.  all manner of mayhem break loose as the potion filled goths fight each other and the Romans
Asterix and Obelix accompnay Getafix to an annual Druid conference. A band of goths kidnap the Druid and take him into Germania and our heroes follow. all manner of mayhem break loose as the potion filled goths fight each other and the Romans | Source
Roman Prefect Odius Asparagus captures Cacofonix the Gaul as a present to Caesar. Despite his dubious musical qualities, the village rises up to go and rescue him from Rome and the lions.
Roman Prefect Odius Asparagus captures Cacofonix the Gaul as a present to Caesar. Despite his dubious musical qualities, the village rises up to go and rescue him from Rome and the lions. | Source
Tasked with collecting ingredients from various regions in order that chief Vitalstatistix could throw a lavish banquet, our heroes encounter eccentrics in various regions of France and a cute little mutt called Dogmatix. A spoof on Tour de France!
Tasked with collecting ingredients from various regions in order that chief Vitalstatistix could throw a lavish banquet, our heroes encounter eccentrics in various regions of France and a cute little mutt called Dogmatix. A spoof on Tour de France! | Source
Queen Cleo orders her chief architect Edifis to build Cesar a palace in 3 months. fearign for hsi life he knows the only people who could achieve the superhuman task are  the crazy Gauls- Our heroes are let loose in Egypt.
Queen Cleo orders her chief architect Edifis to build Cesar a palace in 3 months. fearign for hsi life he knows the only people who could achieve the superhuman task are the crazy Gauls- Our heroes are let loose in Egypt. | Source
Getafix gets a head injury and suffers from amnesia just when their chief prepares for a 'big' fight with another tribal chief. Asterix and Obelix must restore his memory, prepare Vitalstatistix for the fight and ward off those crazy Roman
Getafix gets a head injury and suffers from amnesia just when their chief prepares for a 'big' fight with another tribal chief. Asterix and Obelix must restore his memory, prepare Vitalstatistix for the fight and ward off those crazy Roman | Source
Cesar invades Britain (as the latter dont fight over weekends!) and a small village stands against him there too. Asterix's cousin Anticlimax is dispatched to Gaul to seek help. Our heroes accompany him back for an adventure.
Cesar invades Britain (as the latter dont fight over weekends!) and a small village stands against him there too. Asterix's cousin Anticlimax is dispatched to Gaul to seek help. Our heroes accompany him back for an adventure. | Source
Rene Goscinny (1926- 1977)
Rene Goscinny (1926- 1977)

Rene Goscinny Creations with other Artists

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 Lucky Luke  with Morris Lucky Luke  with MorrisIznogoud with TabaryLe Petit Nicholas with SempeLe Dingdossiers with GotlibPrudence Petitpas with MarechalModeste et Pompon as part of a writing Team with Franklin, Peyo etc.Signor Spaghetti with AttannasioStrapontin with Berck
 Lucky Luke  with Morris
Lucky Luke with Morris
 Lucky Luke  with Morris
Lucky Luke with Morris
Iznogoud with Tabary
Iznogoud with Tabary
Le Petit Nicholas with Sempe
Le Petit Nicholas with Sempe
Le Dingdossiers with Gotlib
Le Dingdossiers with Gotlib
Prudence Petitpas with Marechal
Prudence Petitpas with Marechal
Modeste et Pompon as part of a writing Team with Franklin, Peyo etc.
Modeste et Pompon as part of a writing Team with Franklin, Peyo etc.
Signor Spaghetti with Attannasio
Signor Spaghetti with Attannasio
Strapontin with Berck
Strapontin with Berck

The Authors


René Goscinny as born in 1926 in Paris and moved to Buenos Aires when he was a child as his father got a job there as a chemical engineer. A wildly imaginative boy he was into writing and drawing from a very young age. Though painfully shy, he made up for this by being the class clown. His humorous outlook and sense of humour influenced his writing – full of sight gags and puns.


After losing his father when he was a teenager, he travelled back to France to join the French army and then moved to New York in his twenties. He went through very troubled times with no job and no money. In 1948 he met fellow illustrators and humorists will elder, Jack Davis and Harry Kurtzman ( the trio would go on to create the famous Mad Magazine later.) After a short time writing and illustrating some childrens books he joined the World Press Agency and got transferred to the Paris Desk. Her he was to meet his lifelong friend and fellow creator Alberto Uderzo.


Goscinny is also responsible for other popular comic creations such as Lucky Luke and Iznogoud with artists such as Morris and Tabary respectively. He has also penned stories such as Le Petit Nicholas ( recently made into a film), Modeste et Pompon with Andre Franquin, Prudence Petitpas with Maurice Marechal, Signor Spaghetti with Dino Attanasio, Strapontin with Berck and Les Dingdossiers with Berck.

Albert Uderzo (1927-)
Albert Uderzo (1927-)

Oumpah- Pah

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Oumpah-Pah - Goscinny and Uderzo's first collaboration- It first appeared in Tintin MagazineOumpah-Pah - Goscinny and Uderzo's first collaboration- It first appeared in Tintin MagazineOumpah-Pah - Goscinny and Uderzo's first collaboration- It first appeared in Tintin MagazineOumpah-Pah - Goscinny and Uderzo's first collaboration- It first appeared in Tintin Magazine
Oumpah-Pah - Goscinny and Uderzo's first collaboration- It first appeared in Tintin Magazine
Oumpah-Pah - Goscinny and Uderzo's first collaboration- It first appeared in Tintin Magazine
Oumpah-Pah - Goscinny and Uderzo's first collaboration- It first appeared in Tintin Magazine
Oumpah-Pah - Goscinny and Uderzo's first collaboration- It first appeared in Tintin Magazine
Oumpah-Pah - Goscinny and Uderzo's first collaboration- It first appeared in Tintin Magazine
Oumpah-Pah - Goscinny and Uderzo's first collaboration- It first appeared in Tintin Magazine
Oumpah-Pah - Goscinny and Uderzo's first collaboration- It first appeared in Tintin Magazine
Oumpah-Pah - Goscinny and Uderzo's first collaboration- It first appeared in Tintin Magazine

Uderzo

Albert Uderzo was also born in Paris in 1927. His parents were Italian Immigrants who moved to France and eventually to Brittany. The teenage Uderzo spent much time in a small village by the sea in Brittany- a significant inspiration for his future creation. In 1951 he met René Goscinny at the Paris offices of World press agency where they both worked close to each other. The pair hit it off straight away. They first collaborated on characters such as Oumpah-pah, Jean Pistolet and Luc Junior. The series Oumpah-pah was serialised in Tintin magazine. In 1959 they become editor and artistic director of a new magazine called Pilote where Asterix was first born.


Although initially serialised, the stories were published in a standalone comic book ( album) with the publication of Asterix the Gaul in 1961. The books became so popular that the pair went on to create their own publishing house to publish the series, Editions Albert René.


After a successful 24 books, Goscinny sadly died of cardiac arrest while undergoing a stress test, at the age of only 51. After an initial shock, Uderzo eventually decided to continue the series on his own, taking on both writing and drawing duties. To date there have been nearly 34 books ( including some film tie –ins) and to the delight of the fans Uderzo has still got the same touch showing how much collaboratively the pair must have worked. It lost none of the sense of humour and has goen from strength to strength although the frequency of publication reduced considerably. While the pair still worked together they used to produce nearly 1-2 a year.

Asterix Albums 9 -16

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The arrival of a teenage rebel Justforkix(!) and his crazy singing ( the Rolling Menhirs) causes chaos in the village. A Norman ship arrives to Gaul and they want to learn the concept of fear. However, these crazy Gauls fear nothing. Out on a wild boar hunt Obelix encounters the beautiful Panacea and is smitten. However the lady wants her boyfriend rescued from the Roman army where he has been conscripted. Asterix and Obelix spring to the rescue even if it means enlisting!The historic shield of the ancient Gaul, Vercingoterix is missing and Caesar needs it. Asterix and Obelix accompany their ill chief Vitalstatistix to a spa to much hilarity. Their paths soon cross with the Romans looking for the historic object.Arrogant Roman legionnaire Gluteus Maximus encounters our heroes while training for the Olympics. When the Gauls learn of the games they decide to compete but the magic potion is not allowed - the Romans decide to steal the potion to win the games!Neighbouring village chief, Whosemoralsarelastix asks our Gauls to guard a cauldron full of money which is promptly stolen. Asterix who was guarding the money is now banished and Obelix banishes himself to help his friend retrieve the money!A group of Iberian fighters resist Rome just like our Gauls . Their chief Huevos y Bacon's son Pepe is kidnapped by  Romans and our heroes rise to the challenge of getting him back to Spain.The presence of a Roman spy Tortuous Convolvulus causes all manner of trouble for our Gauls . Gossip, rumour and in-fighting ensue and Asterix and Obelix need to stay calm to figure out a solution.Roman investigator Vexatius sinusitus is beign posioned and only Getafix can brew an antidote. Our heroes depart to Helvetia to collect a rare flower (edelweiss) for the recipe. Encounter the Swiss and the Romans along their adventurous journey.
The arrival of a teenage rebel Justforkix(!) and his crazy singing ( the Rolling Menhirs) causes chaos in the village. A Norman ship arrives to Gaul and they want to learn the concept of fear. However, these crazy Gauls fear nothing.
The arrival of a teenage rebel Justforkix(!) and his crazy singing ( the Rolling Menhirs) causes chaos in the village. A Norman ship arrives to Gaul and they want to learn the concept of fear. However, these crazy Gauls fear nothing. | Source
Out on a wild boar hunt Obelix encounters the beautiful Panacea and is smitten. However the lady wants her boyfriend rescued from the Roman army where he has been conscripted. Asterix and Obelix spring to the rescue even if it means enlisting!
Out on a wild boar hunt Obelix encounters the beautiful Panacea and is smitten. However the lady wants her boyfriend rescued from the Roman army where he has been conscripted. Asterix and Obelix spring to the rescue even if it means enlisting! | Source
The historic shield of the ancient Gaul, Vercingoterix is missing and Caesar needs it. Asterix and Obelix accompany their ill chief Vitalstatistix to a spa to much hilarity. Their paths soon cross with the Romans looking for the historic object.
The historic shield of the ancient Gaul, Vercingoterix is missing and Caesar needs it. Asterix and Obelix accompany their ill chief Vitalstatistix to a spa to much hilarity. Their paths soon cross with the Romans looking for the historic object. | Source
Arrogant Roman legionnaire Gluteus Maximus encounters our heroes while training for the Olympics. When the Gauls learn of the games they decide to compete but the magic potion is not allowed - the Romans decide to steal the potion to win the games!
Arrogant Roman legionnaire Gluteus Maximus encounters our heroes while training for the Olympics. When the Gauls learn of the games they decide to compete but the magic potion is not allowed - the Romans decide to steal the potion to win the games! | Source
Neighbouring village chief, Whosemoralsarelastix asks our Gauls to guard a cauldron full of money which is promptly stolen. Asterix who was guarding the money is now banished and Obelix banishes himself to help his friend retrieve the money!
Neighbouring village chief, Whosemoralsarelastix asks our Gauls to guard a cauldron full of money which is promptly stolen. Asterix who was guarding the money is now banished and Obelix banishes himself to help his friend retrieve the money! | Source
A group of Iberian fighters resist Rome just like our Gauls . Their chief Huevos y Bacon's son Pepe is kidnapped by  Romans and our heroes rise to the challenge of getting him back to Spain.
A group of Iberian fighters resist Rome just like our Gauls . Their chief Huevos y Bacon's son Pepe is kidnapped by Romans and our heroes rise to the challenge of getting him back to Spain. | Source
The presence of a Roman spy Tortuous Convolvulus causes all manner of trouble for our Gauls . Gossip, rumour and in-fighting ensue and Asterix and Obelix need to stay calm to figure out a solution.
The presence of a Roman spy Tortuous Convolvulus causes all manner of trouble for our Gauls . Gossip, rumour and in-fighting ensue and Asterix and Obelix need to stay calm to figure out a solution. | Source
Roman investigator Vexatius sinusitus is beign posioned and only Getafix can brew an antidote. Our heroes depart to Helvetia to collect a rare flower (edelweiss) for the recipe. Encounter the Swiss and the Romans along their adventurous journey.
Roman investigator Vexatius sinusitus is beign posioned and only Getafix can brew an antidote. Our heroes depart to Helvetia to collect a rare flower (edelweiss) for the recipe. Encounter the Swiss and the Romans along their adventurous journey. | Source
Asterix
Asterix
Obelix
Obelix
Getafix
Getafix
Dogmatix
Dogmatix
Vitalstatistix
Vitalstatistix
Impedimenta
Impedimenta
Cacofonix
Cacofonix
Unhygienix
Unhygienix
Bacteria
Bacteria
Fulliautomatix
Fulliautomatix
Geriatrix
Geriatrix
Mrs Geriatrix
Mrs Geriatrix
Panacea
Panacea
Cleopatra
Cleopatra
Caesar
Caesar
The Pirates : Baba, Pegleg and  Captain Redbeard
The Pirates : Baba, Pegleg and Captain Redbeard
Wild Boars
Wild Boars
The unfortunate Roman Legionnaires
The unfortunate Roman Legionnaires
Mrs Fulliautomatix
Mrs Fulliautomatix
Redbeard
Redbeard

The Characters



The multitude of characters that populate the Asterix universe are a delight. While the crazy Gauls and the even crazier Romans for the bulk of the canon, the adventures in each different country serve up some fascinating local colour.

Asterix

Goscinny wanted our hero to be diminutive (Hence the name Asterix- after ‘Asterisk’- a little star!) and a user of more brawn rather than brain. His bravery is further enhanced by sips of the magic potion. Throughout his adventures Asterix has consistently outwitted Caesar and his minions, won an Olympic medal ( without the magic potion, I must add) and completed many tasks to aid his village. His closeness to his dim witted but larger than life friend Obelix is heartwarming even though the later drives him mad at times. He is a bachelor but has fallen for many a lass on his adventures.


Obelix

When Goscinny opted for a small scale hero UDerzo felt a dimwitted but brawny companion would be an ideal pairing. Obelix ( named after the large stone Obelisk) is in fact a Menhir maker and fell into the magic cauldron as a baby. He is blessed with superior strength naturally and gargantuan appetite. He is always thinking of food and has a particular fondness for wild boar. He is very sensitive about his #weight’ issues so don’t dare call his fat. He is also a romantic at heart, prone to tears at happy endings. He is constantly referring to others as crazy whether it is the Romans that he constantly thrashes to kingdom come or any other races they meet along the way. He is very fond of his friend Asterix and even fonder about little dogmatix, his pet dog.

Dogmatix

Only making his appearance in the 5th adventure- Asterix and the Banquet as a minor character. Dogmatix soon became a series regular delighting many pet lovers. A constant companion ot Obelix, this tiny mutt is drawn with such expression and ingenuity. He later developed a ‘green’ sensibility and hated when trees were cut down.

Getafix

The venerabelk village Druid is the calm authority over the crazy residents. He is often the dispenser of wisdom and the maker of the secret magic potion that helps the village have an upper hand over the authoritarian Romans. He is considered ‘cool’ among his fellow druids where he is often the star of the show for his secret recipes. He is very ethical, refusing to dole out the magic potion for inter-gaulic feuds and only using it wisely when fighting the enemy.

Vitalstatistix

The village chief, always rousing up the troops with the aid of his two heroes. He is constantly dropped by his shield carriers and worries about the sky falling on his head. His woes are worsened by constant henpecking by his social climbing wife Impedimenta, who is reminding his always of his more successful brother, Homeopathix.

Impedimenta

The chief’s big chief- she is the rod that rules Vitalstatistix. He cowers under stern gaze an is constantly henpecked about his lack of ambition. She calls him ‘piggywiggy’ much ot his embarrassment. Impedimenta comes from Lutetia ( Modern Paris) where her more successful merchant bother Homeopathix lives. Chief vitalstyatix dislikes this oleaginous brother in law who digs at the formers small town status.

Fulliautomatix

The village blacksmith who could forge metal with his bare hands. He is an expert at throwing his hammer and hates the fishmonger who has set up shop across from his forge. He is also a stern music critic and shuts up the village bard, Cacofonix, using any means ( usually gagging him and tying him to a tree!)

Unhygienix

The fishmonger, who takes pride in his imported seafood all the way from lutetia. Is the ane of Fulliautomatix who bemoans the smell and warns others of these dubious fish. They both end up having fisticuffs and usually results in the whole village having a bust-up!

Bacteria

She is one of inner circle of the village ‘desperate housewives’! Wife of unhygienix, she helps him run his shop and has borne him two sons.

Geriatrix

The village elder- over 90 years old and still full of vigor thanks to the lasting effects of the magic potion a good living. Gets a devoted young blonde wife who fawns over him and proves he has still ‘got it’.

Cacofonix

He considers himself a genius and a masterly poet and lyricist. His lack of self awareness is stunning – for hsi albums are horrible and his singing vile. IT is so bad it can start thudnerstorns and cast fear in the enemis. The villagers loathe his singing . He also plays the lyre, the flute and the drums. He is the village teacher also. Ends up spending most of his singing career tied to a tree and gagged especially during the village banquets

Julius Caesar

Ambitious, proud and the dictator of the Vast Roman Empire, he is the main villain of the stories although he deploys various villainous henchmen to conquer the tiny village that is a constant thorn in his flesh. Despite the animosity he is a man of honour – whenever Asterix and Obelix end up helping him he always grants them their wishes and even helps rebuild the village. Asterix rescues Caesar’s son Caesarion in one episode much to the Emperor’s gratitude.

Cleopatra

Queen Cleo seeks helps from the Guls to build a palace for Caesar’s visit. She has a lot of respect for Asterix and Obelix and even sends her son to them for protection, unbeknownst to them. She appears in Asterix and Cleopatra and several other tales.

Panacea

The beautiful blonde Panacea is Obelix’ secret crush. She lives in Condatum and eventually marries a tall handsome hunk called Tragicomix much to Obelix heartbreak.

The Pirates

Red beard ( the captain) Erix ( his son) Pegleg ( the latin quoting crew member) and Baba the African pirate who mans the crow’s nest all form the rambunctious Pirates who always get scuttled by the Gauls at sea. They have lost ship after ship at every encounter and have become quite philosophical about it- sometimes even scuttling their own ship when they spot the Gauls to avoid any unnecessary battles!

The Roman Legionnaires

Getting posted around the Armorican village in one of the Roman camps is not desirable. Merely serving as stooges for the villagers frequent attacks these poor soldiers bemoan their plight. Which is usually not any better than that of the wild boar that live in the forest. They both get hunted!


Asterix Albums 17- 24

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Canny Caesar plans to built a modern mansion near the Gaulish village and deploys architect Squareonthehypotenus to the dirty deed. Asterix sabotages the architect's plan to use slaves to build this mansion by any means - leading to hilarious consequA drunk Vitalstatistix wagers to his crass brother in law that he could get something money can't buy- a stew seasoned with Caesar's laurel wreath. Obelix volunteers himself and Asterix leading to chaos and mayhem!One stormy night a mysterious Soothsayer arrives to the village and declares he can see the future. The villagers fall for this pseudo psychic much to our hero's annoyance.In a banquet held to celebrate the famous Gaul chiefs victory against the romans many of the past characters from variosu countries assemble in our village. A visiting chief from Corsica is accompanied back home by Asteriix and Obelix  and fun ensuesCaesar plays a practical joke by offering the village as a retirement git to two Roman legionnaires. After mcuh transaction the gift changes hands ultimately to a Lutetian innkeeper who arrives to the village to claim the land of the crazy Gauls!A storm blows Asterix and Obelix onto the 'New World' long before Columbus discovers it. There they meet the Indian clans and Obelix is betrothed to the chiefs daughter.. A trip back to Europe takes them to Viking land!A young Roman student of  economics corrupts Obelix into going global with his menhir business. With increasing wealth, Obelix becomes more megalomaniacal much to the villagers chagrin!Cesar names the Belgians the bravest warriors he has ever fought- the outraged Gauls visit Belgium to see if it was really true that there could be people braver than them.
Canny Caesar plans to built a modern mansion near the Gaulish village and deploys architect Squareonthehypotenus to the dirty deed. Asterix sabotages the architect's plan to use slaves to build this mansion by any means - leading to hilarious consequ
Canny Caesar plans to built a modern mansion near the Gaulish village and deploys architect Squareonthehypotenus to the dirty deed. Asterix sabotages the architect's plan to use slaves to build this mansion by any means - leading to hilarious consequ | Source
A drunk Vitalstatistix wagers to his crass brother in law that he could get something money can't buy- a stew seasoned with Caesar's laurel wreath. Obelix volunteers himself and Asterix leading to chaos and mayhem!
A drunk Vitalstatistix wagers to his crass brother in law that he could get something money can't buy- a stew seasoned with Caesar's laurel wreath. Obelix volunteers himself and Asterix leading to chaos and mayhem! | Source
One stormy night a mysterious Soothsayer arrives to the village and declares he can see the future. The villagers fall for this pseudo psychic much to our hero's annoyance.
One stormy night a mysterious Soothsayer arrives to the village and declares he can see the future. The villagers fall for this pseudo psychic much to our hero's annoyance. | Source
In a banquet held to celebrate the famous Gaul chiefs victory against the romans many of the past characters from variosu countries assemble in our village. A visiting chief from Corsica is accompanied back home by Asteriix and Obelix  and fun ensues
In a banquet held to celebrate the famous Gaul chiefs victory against the romans many of the past characters from variosu countries assemble in our village. A visiting chief from Corsica is accompanied back home by Asteriix and Obelix and fun ensues | Source
Caesar plays a practical joke by offering the village as a retirement git to two Roman legionnaires. After mcuh transaction the gift changes hands ultimately to a Lutetian innkeeper who arrives to the village to claim the land of the crazy Gauls!
Caesar plays a practical joke by offering the village as a retirement git to two Roman legionnaires. After mcuh transaction the gift changes hands ultimately to a Lutetian innkeeper who arrives to the village to claim the land of the crazy Gauls! | Source
A storm blows Asterix and Obelix onto the 'New World' long before Columbus discovers it. There they meet the Indian clans and Obelix is betrothed to the chiefs daughter.. A trip back to Europe takes them to Viking land!
A storm blows Asterix and Obelix onto the 'New World' long before Columbus discovers it. There they meet the Indian clans and Obelix is betrothed to the chiefs daughter.. A trip back to Europe takes them to Viking land! | Source
A young Roman student of  economics corrupts Obelix into going global with his menhir business. With increasing wealth, Obelix becomes more megalomaniacal much to the villagers chagrin!
A young Roman student of economics corrupts Obelix into going global with his menhir business. With increasing wealth, Obelix becomes more megalomaniacal much to the villagers chagrin! | Source
Cesar names the Belgians the bravest warriors he has ever fought- the outraged Gauls visit Belgium to see if it was really true that there could be people braver than them.
Cesar names the Belgians the bravest warriors he has ever fought- the outraged Gauls visit Belgium to see if it was really true that there could be people braver than them. | Source

Sample Artwork

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Asterix and CleopatraAsterix and the Chieftain's shieldAsterix and the Chieftain's shieldAsterix and the ActressAsterix and the ActressAsterix the LegionaryCast of CharactersFarewell feastA typical tussle!
Asterix and Cleopatra
Asterix and Cleopatra
Asterix and the Chieftain's shield
Asterix and the Chieftain's shield
Asterix and the Chieftain's shield
Asterix and the Chieftain's shield
Asterix and the Actress
Asterix and the Actress
Asterix and the Actress
Asterix and the Actress
Asterix the Legionary
Asterix the Legionary
Cast of Characters
Cast of Characters
Farewell feast
Farewell feast
A typical tussle!
A typical tussle!

Cameos and Caricatures

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Laurel and HardyLaurel and Hardy - as legionnaires in Obelix & Co.Belgian Actress Annie CordyAnnie Cordy as Chief Beefix's wife in Asterix in Belgium
Laurel and Hardy
Laurel and Hardy
Laurel and Hardy - as legionnaires in Obelix & Co.
Laurel and Hardy - as legionnaires in Obelix & Co.
Belgian Actress Annie Cordy
Belgian Actress Annie Cordy
Annie Cordy as Chief Beefix's wife in Asterix in Belgium
Annie Cordy as Chief Beefix's wife in Asterix in Belgium
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Kirk DouglasKirk Douglas as slave 'Spartakis' in Asterix and Obelix all at seaArnold SchwarzeneggerArnold Schwarzenegger as a 'super clone' in Asterix and the Falling SkyFrench Actor Jean RichardJean Richard as Lion tamer in Asterix and the Laurel Wreath
Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas as slave 'Spartakis' in Asterix and Obelix all at sea
Kirk Douglas as slave 'Spartakis' in Asterix and Obelix all at sea
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger as a 'super clone' in Asterix and the Falling Sky
Arnold Schwarzenegger as a 'super clone' in Asterix and the Falling Sky
French Actor Jean Richard
French Actor Jean Richard
Jean Richard as Lion tamer in Asterix and the Laurel Wreath
Jean Richard as Lion tamer in Asterix and the Laurel Wreath
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Sean ConnerySean Connery as Roman agent 'Dubbleosix' in Asterix and the Black GoldGuy Lux, Fench Game show host of Interville (  based on the British show 'It's a knockout)Guy Lux as a game show host in Mansions of Gods
Sean Connery
Sean Connery
Sean Connery as Roman agent 'Dubbleosix' in Asterix and the Black Gold
Sean Connery as Roman agent 'Dubbleosix' in Asterix and the Black Gold
Guy Lux, Fench Game show host of Interville (  based on the British show 'It's a knockout)
Guy Lux, Fench Game show host of Interville ( based on the British show 'It's a knockout)
Guy Lux as a game show host in Mansions of Gods
Guy Lux as a game show host in Mansions of Gods
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Charles LaughtonCharles Laughton as villainous prefect 'Surplus Dairyprodus'Laurence OlivierAlec GuinnessOlivier and Guinness as actors in Asterix and the Cauldron
Charles Laughton
Charles Laughton
Charles Laughton as villainous prefect 'Surplus Dairyprodus'
Charles Laughton as villainous prefect 'Surplus Dairyprodus'
Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
Olivier and Guinness as actors in Asterix and the Cauldron
Olivier and Guinness as actors in Asterix and the Cauldron

The Humour of Asterix - Regional Humour

The authors provide plenty of humour and slapstick throughout the series and this is essentially sly French humour, making fun of other European nations in a good natured way. Be it the British, the Germans , The Spanish or Portuguese they are all spoofed by stereotyping their behaviour. Even the inhabitants of various regions of France are teased in a nudge,nudge, wink, wink fashion and never malicious.

The Goths ( Germans) are regimental, curt and militaristic ; The British are too polite, slightly pompous, boil all their meat ( with mint sauce) and drink hot water with a ‘drop’ of milk ( Asterix brings them the magic of tea leaves). They also drink their beer warm!

The Corsicans always angry and bear vendetta; The Normans with their blond pigtails are big and hulking; The Spanish proud and hot blooded ( Asterix single handedly invents Bull-fighting after a woman’s red cape falls onto the arena and he uses it to evade the bull).

Literary Allusions

For the more discerning readers there are classical references and literary allusions littered throughout. Most Roman legionnaires drop epithets at every instance, like ‘cogito ergo sum’ being used a password and Caesar telling Brutus ‘ et tu Brute’ when asking him to join him in applause in Asterix and the Gladiator. Obelix’ catch phrase ‘ These Romans are Crazy’ translates in Italian as ‘Sono Pazzi Questi Romani’ that abbreviates to the classic Roman Banner S.P.Q.R ( Senatus Populusque Romanus)!

There are classical paintings that are riffed in many albums such as Gericaults ‘The Raft of Medusa’ in and the Breugel’s ‘ Peasant Wedding’.

Cameos and Caricatures

Often major historical figures, other famous fictional characters and celebrities drop in unannounced in minor and major roles, much to the reader’s delight. Cleopatra is drawn like Elizabeth Taylor.


Winston Churchill turns up as an English chieftain ‘ Mykingdomforanos’ ( spoofing the Henry V line ‘ My kingdom for an horse’ in Asterix in Britain!, Kirk Douglas comes as a roman slave Spartakis in ; Laurel and Hardy appear in one book as Roman legionnaires; Don Quixote and Sancho Panza themselves turn up in Asterix in Spain. Two theatre Directors in Asterix and the Cauldron are Laurenceolivus and Alecguinius! In a memorable role of a Roman secret service agent Dubbleosix Sean Conney himself appears in Asterix and the Black Gold.


Other famous cameos include Belgian Actress Annie Cordy in Asterix in Belgium, Jacques Chirac as a corrupt roman Economist in Obelix and Co., Arnold Schwarzenegger as a superclone in Asterix and the falling sky, The Beatles in Asterix in Britain, Sigmund Freud as Psychoanalytix inAsterix and the Big Fight and veteran actor Charles Laughton as Roman Surplus Dairiprodus

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Sigmund FreudSigmund Freud as 'Psychoanalytix' in Asterix and the Big FightBenito MussoliniBenito Mussolini as Centurion Nebulus Nimbus in Asterix and the Big FightJacques ChiracJacques Chirac as  economist  Preposterus who buys menhirs in Obelix & Co.
Sigmund Freud
Sigmund Freud
Sigmund Freud as 'Psychoanalytix' in Asterix and the Big Fight
Sigmund Freud as 'Psychoanalytix' in Asterix and the Big Fight
Benito Mussolini
Benito Mussolini
Benito Mussolini as Centurion Nebulus Nimbus in Asterix and the Big Fight
Benito Mussolini as Centurion Nebulus Nimbus in Asterix and the Big Fight
Jacques Chirac
Jacques Chirac
Jacques Chirac as  economist  Preposterus who buys menhirs in Obelix & Co.
Jacques Chirac as economist Preposterus who buys menhirs in Obelix & Co.

Puns on names

The most delightful aspect of Asterix series is the pun on the names. Asterix himself is a double pun as the Asterisk represents a footnote ( perhaps of Roman history) and a ‘little star’ referring to the hero’s diminutive stature. Obelix is a giant of man much like the Obelisk. The crazy Roman names all end in –us giving rise to several punny possibilities such Crismus Bonus, Nefarius Purpus, Dubius Status and Noxius Vapus. British names all end in –ax giving rise to Hiphiphurrax, Valueaddedtax and Dipsomaniax. The German (goth) names end in –ic such as Choleric, Rhetoric and Metric.

Sample Character Names and Puns

Gauls
Others
Asterix
Caesar ( Roman)
Obelix
Brutus (Roman)
Dogmatix
Crismus Bonus ( Roman)
Getafix
Dubius Status ( Roman)
Unhygienix
Squareonthehypotenus( Roman)
Fulliautomatix
Edifis ( Egyptian)
Geriatrix
Economikrisis ( Phoenician)
Impedimenta
Olaf Timandahaf ( Viking)
Panacea
Petitsuix ( Swiss)
Bacteria
Huevos y Bacon ( Spanish)
Vitalstatistix
Tremendusdelirius ( Roman)
Cacofonix
Infirmofpurpus (Roman)
Chanticleerix
Cleopatra ( Egyptian)
Justforkix
Bonniewasawarriorawayayix ( Corsican)
Postaldistrix
Mykingdomforanos (British)
Homeopathix
Redbeard ( Pirate)

Asterix Albums 25 -32

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Two rival chiefs, a Ditch in the middle of a Gaulish village and two star crossed lovers across the divide- Is it upto Asterix to play cupid?A worried Getafix is waiting rock oil from Ekonomikrisis as it is vital to his magic potion. Rome deploys agent Dubbleosix to sabotage our heroes on their travels to Middle East to acquire some black gold.or 'two men a  baby'- Asterix and Obleix attempt to look after a baby that mysteriously arrives on their doorstep. with their hands full of soiled nappies they also try to uncover the mystery to find out the babies Royal origins!A msyterious fakir lands on the village looking for a way to make it rain in a faraway kingdom in India- Cacofonix the bard's singing may be the answer. Out heroes take a magic carpet ride to rescue princess Orinjade.Th e women of the village hire a strong female teacher to give the children a better example than their current teacher. This feminist amazon not only teaches the children but also aids our heroes to uncover Caesar's secret weapon.A bunch of slaves under the leadership of Spartakis steal Cesars personal Galley and take it to the only safe place - the Gaul's village. Obelix gets turned into a stone by overdosing on magic potion and a race against time to save him ensues.Our hero's parents decide to join them for a big birthday bash.  A gifted actress is hired by Roman's to impersonate Panacea in order to rescue some personal weapons of a Roman general.A sterling compilation of uncollected short stories previously published - includign the story of Asterix's Birth and one on the village cockerel chanticleerix who has a crush on the chief's helmet!
Two rival chiefs, a Ditch in the middle of a Gaulish village and two star crossed lovers across the divide- Is it upto Asterix to play cupid?
Two rival chiefs, a Ditch in the middle of a Gaulish village and two star crossed lovers across the divide- Is it up to Asterix to play cupid? | Source
A worried Getafix is waiting rock oil from Ekonomikrisis as it is vital to his magic potion. Rome deploys agent Dubbleosix to sabotage our heroes on their travels to Middle East to acquire some black gold.
A worried Getafix is waiting rock oil from Ekonomikrisis as it is vital to his magic potion. Rome deploys agent Dubbleosix to sabotage our heroes on their travels to Middle East to acquire some black gold. | Source
or 'two men a  baby'- Asterix and Obleix attempt to look after a baby that mysteriously arrives on their doorstep. with their hands full of soiled nappies they also try to uncover the mystery to find out the babies Royal origins!
or 'two men a baby'- Asterix and Obleix attempt to look after a baby that mysteriously arrives on their doorstep. with their hands full of soiled nappies they also try to uncover the mystery to find out the babies Royal origins! | Source
A msyterious fakir lands on the village looking for a way to make it rain in a faraway kingdom in India- Cacofonix the bard's singing may be the answer. Out heroes take a magic carpet ride to rescue princess Orinjade.
A msyterious fakir lands on the village looking for a way to make it rain in a faraway kingdom in India- Cacofonix the bard's singing may be the answer. Out heroes take a magic carpet ride to rescue princess Orinjade. | Source
Th e women of the village hire a strong female teacher to give the children a better example than their current teacher. This feminist amazon not only teaches the children but also aids our heroes to uncover Caesar's secret weapon.
Th e women of the village hire a strong female teacher to give the children a better example than their current teacher. This feminist amazon not only teaches the children but also aids our heroes to uncover Caesar's secret weapon. | Source
A bunch of slaves under the leadership of Spartakis steal Cesars personal Galley and take it to the only safe place - the Gaul's village. Obelix gets turned into a stone by overdosing on magic potion and a race against time to save him ensues.
A bunch of slaves under the leadership of Spartakis steal Cesars personal Galley and take it to the only safe place - the Gaul's village. Obelix gets turned into a stone by overdosing on magic potion and a race against time to save him ensues. | Source
Our hero's parents decide to join them for a big birthday bash.  A gifted actress is hired by Roman's to impersonate Panacea in order to rescue some personal weapons of a Roman general.
Our hero's parents decide to join them for a big birthday bash. A gifted actress is hired by Roman's to impersonate Panacea in order to rescue some personal weapons of a Roman general. | Source
A sterling compilation of uncollected short stories previously published - includign the story of Asterix's Birth and one on the village cockerel chanticleerix who has a crush on the chief's helmet!
A sterling compilation of uncollected short stories previously published - includign the story of Asterix's Birth and one on the village cockerel chanticleerix who has a crush on the chief's helmet! | Source
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PosterAsterix and DogmatixHeroes surge forthObelix with PanaceaMission CleopatraAsterix and the Olympic GamesMonica Belluci as CleopatraMonica Belluci as CleopatraFace to faceFace to Face
Poster
Poster
Asterix and Dogmatix
Asterix and Dogmatix
Heroes surge forth
Heroes surge forth
Obelix with Panacea
Obelix with Panacea
Mission Cleopatra
Mission Cleopatra
Asterix and the Olympic Games
Asterix and the Olympic Games
Monica Belluci as Cleopatra
Monica Belluci as Cleopatra
Monica Belluci as Cleopatra
Monica Belluci as Cleopatra
Face to face
Face to face
Face to Face
Face to Face

The Live Action Films


There have been 3 live action films so far starting with Asterix and Obelix Contre Ceasar in 1999 The film followed the exploits of the pair as they go against Caesar himself. It incorporates plot devices from various different comics including the kidnapping of Getafix ( Asterix the Gaul) , A mysterios Soothsayer ( Asterix and the Soothsayer), A gladiatorial fight ( Asterix and the Gladiator).

It was one of most expensive of French films of its time and featured Christian Clavier as Asterix and the great Gerard Depardieu as Obelix.


This was followed by an even bigger production in 2002 called Asterix and Obelix- Mission Cleopatra. This closely followed the plot of Asterixc and Cleopatra and the two actors reprised their roles. Cleopatra is played by the delectable Monica Belluci places a bet with Caesar that she could build him a palace in 3 months proving that the Egyptians are still great. Her architect Edifis soon realises hee needs the help of his old friend Druid Getafix and his magic potion. The star pair accompany their Druid on this expedition to Egypt and and adventure ensues. The Script also added a lot of modern puns and allusions making references to Star wars, Matrix and other cultural icons.


The next film, Asterix and Obelix at the Olympic games also loosely follows the plot of the comic book. Here only Gerard Depardie reprises his role as Obelix and all other characters are played by a different actor from the previous two films. IT didn’t fare well with critics but did reasonably well in European box office.

Asterix Albums 33-34 + film adaptations

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Asterix gos all sci-fi when a bunch of aliens descend onto the village wanting to know the secret of the Gaul's super weapon.An anniversary celebration of Asterix and Obelix which features many of the past characters and a grand banquet.Based on an original screenplay written by Goscinny and Uderzo- this book adaptation of the animated film features a challenge set to Asterix to do twelve tasks of varying complexity and endurance.
Asterix gos all sci-fi when a bunch of aliens descend onto the village wanting to know the secret of the Gaul's super weapon.
Asterix gos all sci-fi when a bunch of aliens descend onto the village wanting to know the secret of the Gaul's super weapon. | Source
An anniversary celebration of Asterix and Obelix which features many of the past characters and a grand banquet.
An anniversary celebration of Asterix and Obelix which features many of the past characters and a grand banquet. | Source
Based on an original screenplay written by Goscinny and Uderzo- this book adaptation of the animated film features a challenge set to Asterix to do twelve tasks of varying complexity and endurance.
Based on an original screenplay written by Goscinny and Uderzo- this book adaptation of the animated film features a challenge set to Asterix to do twelve tasks of varying complexity and endurance. | Source
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Parc Asterix at Plailly ,France

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Parc Asterix
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Parc Astérix


Parc Asterix is a popular Theme Park in France provides the thrills and spills of many Asterix themed rides, merchandise and eateries based on the stories of Asterix and Obelix.

It is 35 km north of Paris in Plailly not very far from the Disneyland resort Paris.It is very popular in Europe for both Asterix aficionados and Families.

There are many attractions and shows including:

  • Tonnerre de Zeus, a wooden roller coaster
  • Goudurix, a large steel multi-looping coaster for thrill lovers
  • Oxygénarium, a large, twisting water slide with round inflatable dinghies to merrily get wet
  • Transdémonium, a haunted mansion with spectacular special effects
  • la Trace du Hourra, a 900m bobsled, with cars that reach 80 km/h
  • la Galère, the usual swinging ship
  • Menhir express, a Menhir-themed log flume ride with a 13m high final drop
  • Grand splatch, a River Rapids ride much like the one in Disneyworld


Click for the Official Website of Parc Asterix

Asterix Facts and Accolades

  • The Asterix books have sold 325 million copies all over the world
  • They have been translated into over 100 laguages including obscure and ancient ones such as ancient Greek, Hebrew and Esperanto as well several popular ones
  • They were first serialised in a childrens magazine called Pilote.
  • Asterix has featured in several video games across various diverse formats including Atari, Spectrum, Sega, Nintendo, Playstation etc.
  • Asterix and Obelix have appeared on the cover of Time magazien to commemorate France.
  • The heroes have appeared on the French bid to host 1992 Olympics
  • The Decision of Uderzo to continue the series was criticised by several fans but they have warmed to the stories since.
  • Albert Uderzo has sold his rights to publisher Hachette who may continue the series after his death despite his original idea to finish them. Even his daughter has criticized this decision.
  • In 29th October 2009, The Google homepage commemorated 50th anniversary of the Asterix series in a logo

Click for the Official Asterix Website


Google - Asterix 50th anniversary  commemorative homepage
Google - Asterix 50th anniversary commemorative homepage

Asterix & Obelix Coloring Pages

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Read Asterix



The Asterix adventures are a masterpiece of art, language and anarchic story lines. They entertain, enchant and bring a sense of enormous fun and adventure. VChildren and adults can enjoy the humour and the slaptstick as well as the clever puns and allusions. This is like a precursor of modern day Shrek animations that appeal to adults and children alike at various levels.


Each adventure is a gem of artwork and creativity. Uderzo has proven his critics wrong by continuing the series after the untimely death of Goscinny. His later albums do not disappoint.The Original 24 are among the best of collaborative creativity. The sense of fun and adventure as well as as the dry sense of humor are something children will grow to love.


I discovered Asterix as a child and have enjoyed the stories immensely. Now I am delighted to share these adventures with my children. They are amused, entertained and thrilled by this Gallic anarchy. So what are you waiting for?

Bye Bye!
Bye Bye!

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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

What a exhaustive piece of work on a very popular series. I handled a set of these years ago. Well illustrated and best of all they sold. I applaud your work.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

The whimsey, the puns and the sly humor pf Asterix amd Obelix all appeal to me, Docmo. This is an enchanting hub, no make that an enchanting work of art. Bravo! Rated all the way up.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

This hub is delightful and I love the way you designed the hub. You must have spent quite a lot of time on this amazing hub and it is very enjoyable. Rated awesome.


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

I used to read these comics in the library, at lunch hour, too! I loved them about the same as the TinTin comics. You have done a fantastic job on this hub. So thorough with amazing illustrations, you have surely created a definitive guide on this topic. It was very enjoyable, too!


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Steve Lensman 5 years ago from London, England

Wow excellent work Docmo. An epic fact-filled hub. 133 photos? That might be a hubpage record, and I was worried my posting 15 pictures on a hub was too much.:)

According to my book database I bought the "Asterix Omnibus" in 1981 but I didn't list which stories were included.

TinTin next? Spielberg's film is due at the end of the year.

Voted up and useful.


Fay Paxton 5 years ago

Good morning Docmo:

I always know I can count on thoroughly researched subject matter and a well-written article. Once again, you've outdone yourself in every way; from the subject matter to the illustrations.

On top of all that I got a bonus. I clicked on and printed each of the thumbnails and now that two-year-old worry-wart is coloring away. Bless you. :)

up/useful, awesome and beautiful


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Par for the course, Docmo, a visual delight. You and your gorgeous colorful piece. My fav, of course, is dogmatix...how adorable and ahead of his time. I love the buffalo on the cover of the Oumpah-pah. Asterix, especially, reminds me of the Disney dwarfs in Snow White. I just did an article on Tuscany that mentions their cured meats, a favorite with customers being "wild boar"!!! You've collected an exhaustive amount of research to create an amazing hub certainly worthy of any hub award. This was incredibly fun to read with enough color to outrival a rainbow. The art is gorgeous and probably something I would never have enjoyed otherwise. Thank you for broadening my world, Docmo!


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Each time i read one of your hubs, i'm more amazed at the amount of work you put into it. This was very interesting and a fun read. Thank you for sharing your info. and exceptional talent.

Cheers


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Docmo 5 years ago from UK Author

@mcbirdbks- thanks - it's no wonder the set sold - these are wonderful books to own. Appreciate the applause!

@drbj- I agree drbj, the whimsy and the puns are remarkable, credit must be given to the English translators for making it work so well from the original French. Thanks!

@Pamela99- thanks for the visit and the rating- much appreciated!

@Prairieprincess - thank you so much for visiting/commenting. glad you enjoyed this labour of love.

@Steve lensman - I know- I only looked up at the end and realised there 133 pictures! I got carried away to be inclusive and illustrative! Thanks.

@Fay- Good day Dear Fay, I am glad the 'colouring pages' idea worked out well. A little bonus to the readers who endure my exhaustive, exhausting work. Thanks for the visit!

@Amy- Dear Amy I can always count on you for your effusive and erudite comments. It makes it all worthwhile! Thanks.

@Ruby- thanks for your visit and comments. I am sure you will tell me if I get too carried away with my subject matter! Regards.


cookingdiva 5 years ago

Mohan,

Whoa, I thought I knew Asterix, but I learned a lot reading your detailed hub! I did not know Asterix very well until a friend introduced me to him and tintin and now I have read most of it. It is hard to find Asterix comics in US but I have read all tintin.

Great job!

Pam


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Jo_Goldsmith11 5 years ago

I think he was an amazing man who was inspired by history. I like the collaboration of two talented people creating such a fine piece of art. I voted up, because you really knocked this out of the park with the details and the photos as well as the information that you added smoothly into the entire hub. I found it to be a little long; however, it really called for it. I think to shorten this would take away from your artistic writing and explanation of who Uderzo was as a writer and creator. Great hub!


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Pierre Savoie 5 years ago from Canada

A great series. It was also helped by the fact that, in Europe, the color palette was not limited to the American four-color system but carried a greater variety of tones.


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Docmo 5 years ago from UK Author

@Pam- thanks very much- glad you appreciated the info and pics.

@Jo_goldsmith - I am a completist which can be a bit of a pain when it comes to compiling info- I am always thinking about shortening the hub but then I think it will be incomplete and ineffective. I am hoping people with treat this as a kind of resource that can be digested through repeated viewing rather than one sitting. thanks for visit and comments- much appreciated.

@Pierre- thanks very much. Yes the colour palette was very mature and wider in European comics enabling artists to pursue a more vivid artwork in the likes and Tintin, Asterix and other greats and the evolution of Heavy Metal comics ( Metal hurlant in French)


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

My friend, I really enjoy with this hub. I love Asterix and Obelix. I always read this comic when I was kid. You remind me how smart and funny both of these characters. You did it again. Well done and you got my vote. Cheers..

Prasetio


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

A college friend got me hooked on these, and I quite enjoyed them for years. I'm not sure if they went out of print, but I couldn't find any for a long time, and lost interest. They certainly were a lot of fun though, and terribly clever.


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visionandfocus 5 years ago from North York, Canada

This is the most amazing and awesome hub I have seen (and I already thought that of your Modesty Blaise hub), but you've really rolled out the red carpet for Asterix and Obelix! This has got to be the definitive A and O hub anywhere! I won't ask how many hours you spent compiling this, but this is definitely a labour of love, and it shows. Wonderful doesn't even begin to describe it--more like sensational. You set the bar high, my friend...


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loonyBG 4 years ago

OMG! So much of information :D I love A&O, it was my favorite comics in childhood. HeHe lots of fun, and truly those Romans are Craaazy! :D


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

@ visionanfocus- thank you for the awesome comment - sorry I missed your comments earlier. I truly am pleased you like the work.

@ loonyBG - I loved A&O as a child and never stopped appreciating the amazing artwork and the zany sense of humour- those Romans are indeed , Craaazy! Thanks!

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