French cartoonist Albert Uderzo was born on April 25, 1927. Along with his collaborator, René Goscinny, Uderzo created Astérix, the bande-dessinée about a valiant little Gaul and his large, strong friend Obélix. The series became such a success that the two men gave up all other endeavors to devote themselves to Astérix, producing an average of two to three illustrated volumes a year. After Goscinny’s death in 1977, Uderzo kept writing, but he produced only one album every three or more years. Some say that the writing went down in quality after Goscinny’s death; nonetheless, their books have sold over 350 million copies. In 1985, Uderzo was awarded the Légion d’Honneur. He kept drawing until just recently, laying down his pen at 84. The next Astérix adventure is set to be published at the end of 2012 by an as yet unnamed author.
Today’s expression, un serment de fidélité (uhn sermohn duh fee-dell-e-tay), means “an oath of loyalty.” I think it’s very touching that Uderzo continued to sign the books “Goscinny and Uderzo.” I doubt any formal oath passed between the collaborators, their mutual regard was enough. What name will the new author choose to sign?
- French cartoon Asterix the Gaul is to travel to the Highlands in his next comic adventure (dailyrecord.co.uk)
- Asterix the Gaul in the Highlands of Scotland (adrianmurdoch.typepad.com)
- Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia (lidiakonarblog.wordpress.com)