Jump to navigation Jump to search This article art gaulois PDF about the comic book series. The series first appeared in the Franco-Belgian comics magazine Pilote on 29 October 1959.
The series follows the adventures of a village of Gauls as they resist Roman occupation in 50 BC. The Asterix series is one of the most popular Franco-Belgian comics in the world, with the series being translated into 111 languages and dialects. Asterix books have been sold worldwide, with co-creators René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo being France’s best-selling authors abroad. Goths had been rather popular in France and are a possible role model for the Asterix series.
Prior to creating the Asterix series, Goscinny and Uderzo had previously had success with their series Oumpah-pah, which was published in Tintin magazine. Uderzo’s first sketches portrayed Asterix as a huge and strong traditional Gaulish warrior. But Goscinny had a different picture in his mind. He visualized Asterix as a shrewd small sized warrior who would prefer intelligence over strength. However, Uderzo felt that the small sized hero needed a strong but dim companion to which Goscinny agreed. When Goscinny died in 1977, Uderzo continued the series alone on the demand of the readers who implored him to continue.
He continued the series but on a less frequent basis. Most critics and fans of the series prefer Goscinny’s albums. In December 2008, Uderzo sold his stake to Hachette, which took over the company. In a letter published in the French newspaper Le Monde in 2009, Uderzo’s daughter, Sylvie, attacked her father’s decision to sell the family publishing firm and the rights to produce new Astérix adventures after his death.
However, René Goscinny’s daughter, Anne, also gave her agreement to the continuation of the series and sold her rights at the same time. She is reported to have said that « Asterix has already had two lives: one during my father’s lifetime and one after it. A few months later, Uderzo appointed three illustrators, who had been his assistants for many years, to continue the series. In January 2015, after the murders of seven cartoonists at the satirical Paris weekly Charlie Hebdo, Astérix creator Albert Uderzo came out of retirement to draw two Astérix pictures honouring the memories of the victims. 24, 32 and 34 are by Goscinny and Uderzo.