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Sunday, May 13, 2007

Asterix & Obelix

The Adventures of Asterix (French: Astérix) is a series of French comic books by René Goscinny (stories) and Albert Uderzo (illustrations). Uderzo has continued the series since the death of Goscinny in 1977. The series follows the exploits of a village of ancient Gauls as they resist Roman occupation. Typically, this resistance leads the main characters to travel to various European countries (but also Egypt, America, India and other non-European locations) in every other book, while the remaining are set in and around their village.

The 33 main books or albums (one of which is a compendium of short stories) have been translated into more than 100 languages and dialects. Besides the original French, most albums are available in English, Dutch, German, Danish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Spanish, Catalan, Basque, Portuguese (and Brazilian Portuguese), Italian, Polish, Romanian, modern Greek, Turkish, Slovenian, Serbo-Croatian and Indonesian. Beyond modern Europe, some albums have also been translated into languages as diverse as Esperanto, Mandarin, Korean, Bengali, Afrikaans, Arabic, Hindi, Hebrew, Latin and Ancient Greek. In France and especially in Germany, several volumes were translated into a variety of regional dialects, such as Alsatian, Swabian and Low German. Also, in Portugal, a special edition of the first volume, Asterix the Gaul, was translated into local language Mirandese. In Hungarian language books had been issued in Yugoslavia for the Hungarian minority living in Serbia. Although not a fully autonomic dialect, slightly differs from the language of the books issued in Hungary.

The Asterix series is one of the most popular French comics in the world, and familiar to people of all ages in most European countries, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and parts of South America, Africa and Asia particularly, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay, South Africa, Kenya, Philippines, Singapore, India and Indonesia. Asterix is less well known in the United States and Japan. In its early years the Disney Channel aired the British-produced English translations of the Asterix films, but so far it has enjoyed only a modest success in establishing foothold with American audiences.

The key to the success of the series is that it contains comic elements for all ages: young children like the fist-fights and other visual gags, while adults appreciate the cleverness of the allusions and puns that sparkle throughout the texts.

The names of the characters contain puns, and vary with translation into other languages. This article uses the names from the English-language translations by Anthea Bell and Derek Hockridge. For the French names see below.

Apart from the 33 main comics, other Asterix books and film books have been made. See List of Asterix volumes.


01 - Asterix The Gaul
02 - Asterix In Spain
03 - Asterix In Britain
04 - Asterix And Cleopatra
05 - Asterix And The Goths
06 - Asterix The Gladiator
07 - Asterix The Legionary
08 - Asterix In Switzerland
09 - Asterix And The Big Fight
10 - Asterix And The Roman Agent
11 - Mansions of the gods
12 - Asterix At The Olympic games
13 - Asterix And The Laureal Wreath
14 - Asterix And The Soothsayer
15 - Asterix And The Golden Sickle
16 - Asterix And The Great Crossing
17 - Asterix And The Cauldron
18 - Asterix And Chieftain's Shield
19 - Asterix And Ceasar's Gift
20 - Asterix And The Normans
21 - The Twelve Tasks Of Asterix (Film Edition)
22 - Obelix And Co
23 - Asterix And The Banquet
24 - Asterix in Corsica
25 - Asterix In Belgium
26 - Asterix And The Great Divide
27 - Asterix And The Black Gold
28 - Asterix And Son
29 - Asterix Versus Caesar (Film Edition)
30 - Asterix And The Magic Carpet
31 - Operation Getafix
32 - How Obelix Fell
33 - Asterix and the Secret Weapon
34 - Asterix and The Actress
35 - All At Sea
36 - And The Falling Sky
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