The Adventures of Asterix French: Asterix or Asterix le Gaulois is a series of French comic books written by Rene Goscinny and illustrated by Albert Uderzo Uderzo also took over the job of writing the series after the death of Goscinny in The series first appeared in French in the magazine Pilote on 29 October As of , 33 comic books in the series have been released. The series follows the exploits of a village of ancient Gauls as they resist Roman occupation. They do so by means of a magic potion, brewed by their druid, which gives the recipient superhuman strength.
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Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Albert Uderzo Illustrator. Anthea Bell Translator. Derek Hockridge Translator. The year is 50BC, and all Gaul is occupied. Only one small village of indomitable Gauls still holds out against the invaders. But how much longer can Asterix, Obelix and their friends resist the mighty Roman legions of Julius Caesar?
Anything is possible, with a little cunning plus the druid Getafix's magic potions! Their effects can be truly hair-raising Get A Copy. Paperback , 48 pages. Published April 29th by Orion Books Ltd. More Details Original Title. Armorica, Brittany France. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Asterix the Gaul , please sign up.
Ever notice that when Asterix smacks Romans out of their sandals, their toes sometimes spread apart and twitch?
This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [how do i read it? See 2 questions about Asterix the Gaul…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Asterix the Gaul Asterix, 1. May 01, Ahmad Sharabiani rated it really liked it Shelves: comics , 20th-century , childrens-young-readers , france , graphic , fiction. All Gaul is under Roman control, except for one small village in Armorica present-day Brittany , whose inhabitants are made invincible by a magic potion created periodically by the Druid Getafix.
To discover the secret of the Gauls' strength, Centurion Crismus Bonus, commander of a Roman garrison at the fortified camp of Compendium, sends a spy disguised as a Gaul into the village. The Roman's identity is revealed when he loses his false moustache, shortly after he discovers the existence of the magic potion; whereupon he reports his discovery to the Centurion.
View all 3 comments. Nov 23, Traveller rated it really liked it Shelves: francais , graphic-fiction , le-monde. A kindred spirit Family portrait. Let me start with Julius Caesar. We all know him, eh? And most of us probably know that Ceasar defeated the Gauls, thereby incidentally Latinizing and unifying them. After conquering and annexing Gaul with a two-year war, fought from 52 to 50 BC, he did actually see a small rebellion, though not quite of A kindred spirit After conquering and annexing Gaul with a two-year war, fought from 52 to 50 BC, he did actually see a small rebellion, though not quite of the kind we encounter in the Asterix comix.
The Asterix comics are funny, despite the violence depicted in them, for a few reasons. What is his secret? The authors riff on many things through the course of the comics. The fishmonger who always has smelly fish, is called Unhygenix, and the little dog is called Dogmatix. Asterix in front, Obelix at back, and Dogmatix - middle.
View all 39 comments. Apr 08, Ted rated it really liked it Recommends it for:??? Shelves: graphic , reviews-liked , childrens , history , humor. There are according to a list inside the front cover 33 Books available in English translation, available singly or in Omnibus editions of 3 Books each.
I glanced at it, browsing a bit as it lay on the table in my family room for months. I had really picked it up for my grandson, who's just turned seven. But when I tried to interest him in it, he was not very enthusiastic. Perhaps he saw a bunch or words he didn't understand? Strange punny Latin character names, even Latin words? Finally a couple evenings ago I sat down and read it through. Of course that's what's intended, and it improved. Many laughs, though I'm sure I missed quite a bit because of the Latin stuff, even though I probably have more Latin than most Americans.
And maybe my grandson, when a little older, will want to read it. Though perhaps it's just as well that he didn't fall in love with it and want more, they're quite dear in the U. If he'd liked it, I'd probably round up to a four. And how about my granddaughter? She's older ten , but not here so often.
Too many athletic interests. I'll have to try it, and she is a reader. She says she's tried Harry Potter and didn't like it How would one predict re Asterix from that? Don't know. SO I'm updating it to 4 stars and we will be looking at it together in the future. He's very good, if I do say so. So is his year old sister, though she might be a better runner than swimmer, and might be a more popular and more caring young girl than those accomplishments.
I'm blessed. View all 21 comments. The publisher responds to an inquiry by the National Anti-Doping Agency NADA in Germany, who was able to demonstrate years of extensive doping of the popular cartoon characters. At the end of last week, the NADA had published their results. According to those, NADA inspectors were able to proof the use of an illegal substance, euphemistically called "Magic Potion", in all of the booklets. The infamous doping doctor Getafix a. This is considered gross unsporting conduct with no trace of a fair competition.
In a statement issued by the agency it's said: "We fear that the glorification of the doping agent as 'magic potion' without side effects decreases the threshold for the use of performance-enhancing substances and especially younger readers are at risk". Particularly shocking: A character is said to have fallen into the doping substance as a child and since then had superhuman powers. Ehapa publishing meanwhile remains contrite and leaves the future of the popular comics open.
According to a spokesman a re-launch of the series is planned, but whether or not the new volume, tentatively called "Asterix and the destruction of the small village by obviously vastly superior Romans", will make its way to the German books shops is still open. Apr 02, Dirk Grobbelaar rated it it was amazing Shelves: graphic-novels-comics. I particularly enjoyed the hair puns, and few artists can convey infectious laughter through their drawings like Albert Uderzo was able to.
Of course, it helps if you have a bit of general knowledge, to more appreciate the satiric aspects of the comedy. This is the first Asterix book, and while a few characters are introduced, the only two characters that really feature are Asterix himself and Getafix the druid.
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All Gaul is under Roman control, except for one small village in Armorica present-day Brittany , whose inhabitants are made invincible by a magic potion created periodically by the Druid Getafix. To discover the secret of the Gauls' strength, Centurion Crismus Bonus, commander of a Roman garrison at the fortified camp of Compendium , sends a spy disguised as a Gaul into the village. The Roman's identity is revealed when he loses his false moustache, shortly after he discovers the existence of the magic potion; whereupon he reports his discovery to the Centurion. Crismus Bonus, hoping to overthrow Julius Caesar , orders Getafix captured and interrogated for the recipe; but to no avail.
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