Albert Uderzo, co-author of the Asterix strip, died. He was 92 years old. The artist’s family announced that the French artist died at home of a heart attack. He died in his sleep, in his home in Neilly, of a heart attack that had nothing to do with the coronavirus. He was very tired for weeks, his son-in-law Bernard de Chouazi told the French press agency AFP. The creation of Uderzo, the mighty Gallic warrior Asterix, is an icon of French folk culture. In addition to selling more than 370 million comics worldwide, Asterix has appeared in 11 films and made headlines in his own amusement park with his invincible friend Obelix and Dogmatix.
Asterix made his debut in 1959 in the French magazine Pilote. Uderzo made a series with the writer René Gossinni. Two years later they begin the first independent adventure of Asterix, Asterix of Gaul. They continued to work on the series, which was translated into more than 100 languages at the time of Goschinny’s death in 1977. Uderzo then became the only writer and artist in Asterix until his retirement in 2009 and sold the rights to the series to the publishing house Hachette.
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The Asterix amusement park, inspired by a series of attractions outside Paris, was opened in 1989. Since then, 50 million people have visited the house.
The Asterix stories are dedicated to the main character, who is 50 BC. Chr. in Roman-occupied Gaul. With a magic potion that gives him superhuman strength, Asterix attacks the Roman guards and protects his homeland – the only one protected from the Roman occupation – from the efforts of the Roman occupiers.
Last year the series celebrated 60 years of adventure. Papercutz Publishing has announced that it will acquire the publishing rights of the franchise in the United States. There are plans to reprint the Asterix adventures in new collections and to publish new non-fiction books on the history of the series.
As a pillar of the Franco-Belgian comic strip, also known as the comic strip, Diderzo has earned the respect of comic strip authors and artists from all over the world. Mark Millar, the Scottish writer who wrote Marvel’s book on the Civil War and Kingsman, Wanted, Kick-Ass, tweeted about Uderzo after hearing of the artist’s death. He writes, RIP Albert Uderzo, my gateway to the beautiful European comics… Master!
Brazilian artist Rafael Albuquerque, co-founder of the American Vampire, also tweeted about Uderzo, saying he was sad to learn of the death of Master Albert Uderzo. Believe it or not, this is one of my biggest influences on comics. Asterix was the first comic I read in my aunt’s library. With him, I’ve learned to give my opinion more than anyone else. Thank you, madam!
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