50th Anniversary of Asterix


October is a big month for celebrations, and one big one is the 50th Anniversary of Asterix by Albert Uderzo and Rene Goscinny.  Asterix: The Golden Book will be a hardcover book released on October 22, 2009, and considering the popularity of the character, I expect this to be the biggest selling book in the world for October/November.

For those in the United States who have no clue as to who or what an Asterix is, I suggest you “Head To The Wiki!

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. The protagonist, the titular character, Asterix, along with his friend Obelix have various adventures. In many cases, this leads them to travel to various countries around the world, though other books are set in and around their village.

Last Thanksgiving, we ran our Retro Review of Asterix and Cleopatra, one of my personal favorites, and if I can get my hands on a copy (it isn’t available in the U.S. – or at least not at Amazon -  for some reason), we’ll cover it this year.  If we can’t, I’m open for suggestions on the next Asterix book that needs to be reviewed.