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Asterix and Obelix comics, cartoons and other things to collect

Updated on August 12, 2012

Asterix Comic Books

The adventures of Asterix also commonly referred to as the Asterix and Obelix comics are classic French comic books written by René Goscinny and drawn by Albert Uderzo.

Uderzo has been behind the stories as well since Goscinny's death in 1977. Most fans agree that the best Asterix books were created before 1977, however if you can't get enough of the funny gauls in the first 24 comic, then there is still entertainment to be found in the later releases.

The entire Asterix collection encompasses 34 Comic Books, 8 animated movies, 5 films, a bunch of Asterix computer games and even a Theme park that is located near Paris.

The Asterix comic books are well known for their tongue-in-cheek humour often based on funny puns and utilizing the latin language in silly ways. An example of this is the name of the village druid Getafix which is a pun on his ability to make cures and miracle cures. In danish his name is Miraculix and in the original french version he was Panoramix.

Here you will find a list of all the Asterix comic books released as well as an overview of the cartoons, movies and other Asterix accessories available for purchase.

If you are a real fan you you need the entire collections right?

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Asterix the Gaul (1961) - Written by René Goscinny and Illustrated by Albert Uderzo

Asterix the Gaul: Album #1
Asterix the Gaul: Album #1

In this first issue of the Asterix series we are introduced to only a couple of the now vast character gallery. We of course meet Asterix a bold and very clever Gaulish Warrior fighting to keep his village free from the Romans who are occupying all the rest of Gaul. Obelix and his Menhirs also show up along with Getafix and the magic potion that allows the brace Gauls to fight off the entire army of Caesar.

Vitalstatistix, the village chief, Cacofonix, the tone deaf bard and Fulliautomatix, the village blacksmith with a temper all briefly appear in the "Asterix the Gaul" aswell.

The plot introduces the love hate relationship between the Gaul villagers and Caesar that runs as a red thread throughout the Asterix series.

In order to uncover the secret behind the superhuman strenght of the Gauls a spy is deployed. He discovers the magic potion and when he returns with this knowledge to the head of the roman garrison of Compendium an order is issued to capture Getafix to force the secret recipe from him.

The story is charming, very funny and full of the clever puns that the Asterix Comics are so famous for.

 

Asterix Comics Written by René Goscinny - Illustrated by Albert Uderzo

The first 24 books of the adventures of Asterix were written by Goscinny and drawn by Albert Uderzo. These are by many fans considered the best Asterix books and if you are looking to start a Asterix collection, then these are the comics you should purchase to start it out.

Asterix hardcover volume with 5 stories

Absolutely Asterix
Absolutely Asterix

This hardcover comic book contains 5 of the most iconic and beloved Asterix stories:

Asterix and Cleopatra

Asterix and the Big Fight

Asterix and the Cauldron

Asterix and the Chieftain's Shield

The Twelve Tasks of Asterix

Absolutely Asterix makes a great introduction to the funny comic and would be a perfect gift for a comic book fan.

 

Asterix Comics Written by Albert Uderzo - And Illustrated by Albert Uderzo

After René Goscinny's death by much pressure from Asterix fans, Albert Uderzo took over the writing of the series. To date 10 books about the brave Gauls has been released by Uderzo.

How Obelix Fell into the Magic Potion When he was a Little Boy

How Obelix Fell Into the Magic Potion: When He Was a Little Boy (Asterix)
How Obelix Fell Into the Magic Potion: When He Was a Little Boy (Asterix)

This book illustrated by Albert Uderzo and written by René Goscinny tells the tale of how Obelix gained his permanent strenght by falling into the caudron with the magic potion as a child.

Be advised that this is not a standard comic, but rather an illustrated short story. However if you are interested in knowing the background story for Obelix and you want to see all your favourite characters as children, then this is a great addition to your Asterix collection.

 

Asterix - 

Box Set 

(6 Discs) 

(Animated) [DVD]

This box set includes the following Asterix Cartoons: The 12 Tasks Of Asterix , Asterix And Cleopatra, Asterix The Gaul , Asterix And Caesar. Asterix And The Big Fight and Asterix In Britain.

My personal favourites are The 12 Tasks Of Asterix and Asterix And Cleopatra, especially the first one is filled with adventure and both are full of some really witty puns and hilarious cartoonish gags.

Please note that this is a region 2 DVD set and it may not be viewable outside of Europe.

Comic books like Asterix the Gaul

I you like the Asterix comic books then you will probably also enjoy reading the following comics.

Asterix & Cleopatra: the arsenic cake song

This Asterix song about baking a poisonous cake is just so funny and the rhymes are very clever and well done.

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If you are a true Asterix fan then maybe you are also collecting Asterix themed merchandize and collectibles.

To the right is a Asterix themed chess board. 1 player gets to play the Gauls with chief Vitalstatistix and his wife Impedimenta in charge. The other player is the romans who are spearheaded by Caesar and Cleopatra.

There are many cool details in this Asterix chess set that will make you laugh. For instance the towers of the Gauls is the Menhirs Obelix usually carries around.

If you click the picture to the right you can find more info on how to purchase the Asterix Collectors Chess Set.

Asterix inspired T-Shirt

Funny Gag T-shirts with a Gaullic theme

Getafix Potions Gaul Tshirt

Inthemix Tee Shirt

Sygroufix T-shirt

Asterix comic books

and other high quality western comics

If you are looking for some great comic books and you are a bit tired of all the Japanese Manga that is flooding the marked at the moment, then having a look at the french Asterix series for some classic comic books laughs, might be a great idea.

Other alternatives are the belgian comics Tintin by Hergé or Lucky Luke by Morris. René Goscinny actually wrote some of the stories for Lucky Luke so if you like his humor then it can definitely be recommended to check out Both Asterix and Lucky Luke.

Do you like Asterix - What is your favourite Comic book?

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      Tennyhawk 4 years ago

      I must admit, my Asterix gateway drug was watching the cartoons on the Disney Channel back in the day.

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      PaulRyan 5 years ago

      I loved the books, as a child, and would probably still read now, but it was such a long time ago I can't name my favourite. I just remember it was about Obelix and his business - Obelix and Co! That was it. :)

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      Mistl 5 years ago

      @SayGuddaycom: Hehe to be honest I don't think that is odd in the least. The humor in Asterix is so sophisticated that it works both for children and grown up alike.

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      SayGuddaycom 5 years ago

      Hands down my favorite books ever. I only recently stopped reading them and that was only because we moved and a 41 year old man packing up his Asterix books is a little odd.

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      Mistl 5 years ago

      @goldenrulecomics: I haven't actually been to the theme park, but it is on the list of things to do. (very long list :D)

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      Mistl 5 years ago

      @SusannaDuffy: The comic books were translated to english by Anthea Bell and Derek Hockridge.

      I don't know if you have read Asterix and the Gaul, but there are some incredibly funny jokes about splitting hair that always get me giggling.

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      Susanna Duffy 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I really appreciate Asterix. Who translates Rene Goscinny's puns? Incredibly clever and I especially love the puns in Latin

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      goldenrulecomics 5 years ago

      Our family loves Asterix! We've read all the books, and even went to the theme park outside Paris. By the way, we thought the Asterix park was even better than Euro Disney, with shorter waits for the rides...

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      Trina Sonenberg 5 years ago from Nucla, Colorado

      Good job!

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      entertainmentev 5 years ago

      You learn something new everyday. Thank you for the information about Asterix!

      My favorite comic books are Archie & Veronica and all Marvel comics.