Asterix The Legionary by Rene Goscinny, Albert Uderzo

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February 2010 Guest Editor Robert Muchamore on Asterix The Legionary

Asterix books were contentious stuff. In 1980s Britain, the rivalry between Asterix and Tintin amongst schoolboys was up there with Arsenal and Spurs, or Liverpool and Manchester United. I was an Asterix boy to the core. The only people I despised more than Tintin fans were the fair-minded kids who said it was perfectly possible to like both. I read the whole series obsessively, my enjoyment greatly enhanced by a mean-spirited Welsh teacher who’d confiscate them and order us to stop reading cartoons and get proper books from the reading shelf.


Asterix The Legionary by Rene Goscinny, Albert Uderzo

Gaul was divided into three parts. No, four parts - for one small village of indomitable Gauls still held out against the Roman invaders. BOOK 10 Asterix and Obelix enlist in the Roman army to rescue Tragicomix, the forcibly conscripted fiance of the beautiful Panacea.


It is almost impossible to single out one album from this remarkable comic book series, but Legionary comes closest to perfection. A masterclass in comedy to read again and again -- Robin Etherington The Big Issue

About the Author

Rene Goscinny, Albert Uderzo

Albert Uderzo, the drawer of all thirty-one Asterix adventures and the story writer of the last seven books, was born on April 25th, 1927, as the son of Italian immigrants in France. He made his first acquaintance with comics through Mickey Mouse, which was published in the journal Le Pétit Parisien. In 1940, when he was only thirteen years old, Uderzo was employed by Paris Publishing Society (S.P.E.), where he learned the basics of his profession: designing text and letters, and editing photographs. His first illustration, a parody on Aesop's fables, was published in the magazine Junior.

In 1951 he met René Goscinny at International Press, who just came back from the United States. With him he should start a world-famous collaboration.

René Goscinny, the ingenious story writer and one of the fathers of Asterix, was born on August 14th, 1926 in Paris. During his childhood and youth he lived in Argentina, where his family emmigrated in 1928. Soon after he finished school in 1943, his father died and he had to give up his plans to study.

After a short intermezzo as bookkeeper in a rubber factory and as illustrator of advertisments he went to New York in 1945, invited by his uncle. Due to his bad English he had to survive with occasional jobs during the next two years. But in 1949 the situation turned to good account. Goscinny got to know Maurice de Bévère (Morris) and Harvey Kurtzman. The latter arranged for Goscinny various jobs as illustrator and presented him to Davis, Elder and Wood, who should later found the well-known MAD-magazine.

A year passed by with few jobs for Goscinny and first doubts came up. Only when Troisfontaines offered him a position as artistic director in an agency to be founded in Paris in 1951, he gathered fresh hope. At about that time it also happened that he met a young drawer from the Normandy: Albert Uderzo!

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48 pages
Interest Age: From 7


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Publication date

16th June 2005




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