Remembering Asterix co-creator and illustrator Albert Uderzo
Who is Albert Uderzo?
Here is a look at the life and work of the beloved French illustrator:
The Classic Plot
The Creators: Two Frenchmen, writer René Goscinny and illustrator Albert Uderzo, created Asterix as a “typically French hero” for a series fi rst published in 1959 for the comic magazine, Pilote, popular with readers in France and Belgium. After Goscinny’s death in 1977, Uderzo took over the writing duties in addition to his illustration work for the series. In 2011, Uderzo retired after drawing the comic hero for 52 years straight. In 2012, he handed over the reins of the comic creation to writer Jean-Yves Ferri and artist Didier Conrad.
First Female Hero: Asterix and the Chieftan's Daughter
Asterix and Coronavirus: A character in the 37th volume of the comic series, called Asterix and the Chariot Race, was named Coronavirus. In this edition, published in 2017, Coronavirus was a masked Roman villain, eerily similar to the novel coronavirus.
111: Languages and dialects the comic series is known to have been translated into
Books sold worldwide
Over 380 million: Copies of Asterix comic books sold worldwide since the series debut in 1959
39th: Volume of the series set to publish sometime in 2021. The 38th volume, also the latest in the series, was released in October 2019.