Asterix illustrator Albert Uderzo has died at the age of 92, his family has announced. The French comic book artist, who created the beloved Asterix comics in 1959 with the writer René Goscinny, died on Tuesday. He “died in his sleep at his home in Neuilly from a heart attack.

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Asterix & Economies

With “Mansions of the Gods,” Caesar hits upon a new way to force Asterix’s people out of their Village: He’ll build big apartment buildings right next door. Who’d want to live next to those? The Villagers, of course, nearly fall for it, despite Asterix’s begging and pleading not to.

In “Obelix and Co.,” Obelix discovers a brilliant money-making scheme related to his menhir delivery business. It nearly destroys the village, of course, as he creates a new industry, drives the town into a single economic model, and then floods the market with sub-par crap.

Asterix’s Tour of Europe/Africa

Vaudeville at Its Finest

Asterix and Cleopatra is where it felt like the series was hitting its stride. The book is chock o block packed with gags, both verbal and visual. It’s like a Best Of book for all the previous jokes in the series, with a helpful scoop of brand new, Egypt-themed gags. It’s arguably the best book in the series so far.

“Asterix the Legionary” is a particular favorite of mine. Asterix and Obelix’s turn in the Roman armed forces is a bravura performance, antagonizing the Romans at every turn and sowing chaos amongst the other troops.

“Asterix and the Golden Sickle” is only the second book in the series, but there’s so much already in the book. It’s amazing how fully formed the series came out of Goscinny’s head at the start. Asterix and Obelix have their snappy banter down, and the off-handed beatings they game the Romans along their way are always hilarious, too.


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