I'd decided to purchase them because I remembered looking
through a French edition in my school library one lazy, hazy, sum-
mer afternoon in 1973 or '74, which already seemed like the dim and
distant past to me by the time I came to be a working lad with a bit of
spare cash to spend. I recall being much impressed by the artwork, so
I suppose it was inevitable that I would eventually buy copies for my-
self when I spotted them in my local branch of JOHN MENZIES
while browsing in their book department one day.
during my freelancing days at IPC, I was given some file-copies of
RANGER magazine (which I still have) by one of the editors, and was
surprised to see that it had reprinted Asterix in 1965 under a different
The setting was changed to Britain and Asterix was renamed BERIC
The BOLD, and OBELIX became DORIC, the son of BOADICEA.
CHIEF VITALSTATISTIX was called CHIEF TUNNABRIX,
which I happen to think is actually a far better name.
('63), popular boys comic VALIANT had reprinted the first Asterix
adventure under the title of LITTLE FRED - The ANCIENT BRIT
With LOADS Of GRIT. It would be 1969 before Asterix landed on
these shores speaking English under his own name, and his full-colour
books have enjoyed immense popularity ever since. If memory hasn't
failed me, I bought nine albums on that afternoon back in 1976, got
another one not too long after, and acquired six more over the
next three years or so, completing the first 16 in the series.
by RENE GOSCINNY & ALBERT UDERZO and first appeared
in the French magazine PILOTE in 1959. The art is simply superb
and I can think of a few cartoonists working in British comics today
who'd be well-served by following Uderzo's example of how it should
be done. The English versions were translated by ANTHEA BELL
and DEREK HOCKRIDGE, and later, I think, by Derek himself,
although I've no idea who currently performs the task.
of those 16 books in my collection. I've probably got a few other
tales in my Omnibus volumes, but one day I really must get around
to getting the full set. If you don't have any Asterix books of your
own, run out and buy some today!