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Asterix
Asterix - Cast
Some of the many characters in Asterix. In the front row are the regular characters, with Asterix himself in the centre.
Author
  • René Goscinny (1959–1979)
  • Albert Uderzo (1980–2009)
  • Jean-Yves Ferri (2013–present)
  • Other authors for non-canonical volumes (1976–1996)
Original title Astérix le Gaulois
Translator
  • English: Anthea Bell, Derek Hockridge (1961–2013); Anthea Bell (2013–2016); Adriana Hunter (2017–present)
Illustrator
  • Albert Uderzo (1959–2009)
  • Didier Conrad (2013–present)
  • Other illustrators for non-canonical volumes (1976–1996)
Country France (origin), other (for translated books)
Language French (original), other 111
Genre
Publisher Dargaud, Editions Albert René, Hachette for canonical volumes in French; others for non-canonical volumes (1976–1996) in French; Hodder, Hachette and others for non-canonical volumes (1976–1996) in English
Published 29 October 1959 – 22 October 2010 (original period); 2009–present (revised-edition period)
Published in English 1969–present (both periods)

Asterix or The Adventures of Asterix or Astérix le Gaulois is a series of French comics.

The series first appeared in the Franco-Belgian comics magazine Pilote on 29 October 1959. It was written by René Goscinny and illustrated by Albert Uderzo until the death of Goscinny in 1977. Uderzo then took over the writing until 2009, when he sold the rights to publishing company Hachette. In 2013, a new team consisting of Jean-Yves Ferri (script) and Didier Conrad (artwork) took over. As of 2017, 37 volumes have been released.

The series follows the adventures of a village of Gauls as they resist Roman occupation in 50 BC. They do so by means of a magic potion, brewed by their druid Panoramix (named Getafix in the English translations), which temporarily gives the recipient superhuman strength. The protagonists, the title character Asterix and his friend Obelix, have various adventures.

The "ix" ending of both names (as well as all the other pseudo-Gaulish "ix" names in the series) alludes to the "rix" suffix (meaning "king") present in the names of many real Gaulish chieftains such as Vercingetorix, Orgetorix and Dumnorix. In many of the stories, they travel to foreign countries, though others are set in and around their village. For much of the history of the series (Volumes 4 through 29), settings in Gaul and abroad alternated, with even-numbered volumes set abroad and odd-numbered volumes set in Gaul, mostly in the village.

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.

The success of the series has led to the adaptation of its books into 13 films: nine animated, and four live action (one of which, Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra, was a major box office success in France). There have also been a number of games based on the characters, and a theme park near Paris, Parc Astérix. The very first French satellite, Astérix, launched in 1965, was also named after the comics character. As of 2017, 370 million copies of Asterix books have been sold worldwide, with co-creators René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo being France's best-selling authors abroad.

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