An indomitable legacy, by Belenos! Asterix creator joins the gods
With writer René Goscinny, Albert Uderzo brought a satirical eye to his images of the feisty Gaulish warrior
Albert Uderzo, who has died at the age of 92, was the illustrator, and later sole author, of the Asterix books.
Asterix, a small Gaulish warrior, first appeared in 1959. His debut was in the first edition of the magazine Pilote. It was a proud moment, both for strip cartoons and for France. Although Hergé’s adventures of Tintin had been long established, and had already allowed older children to read cartoons respectably, it was the arrival of Asterix that introduced a combination of slapstick and satire to the genre.
Adults savoured the Asterix stories, academics have expatiated on them, and it is not odd to find among younger generations of classicists those whose love of the ancient world began with the work of Uderzo and René Goscinny, the man responsible for the words and storylines...