Three newly-translated classic Asterix stories in one deluxe hardcover volume!
In “Asterix and Obelix’s Birthday,” the creators celebrate the series’ 50 year anniversary with a collection of tall tales and taller travel trails for the one and only Asterix, who deserves a great big birthday treat. Then in “Asterix and the Picts,” Asterix and friends travel to Scotland, where they meet the “painted men,” also known as the Picts, and they learn that these men do more than paint. Finally in “Asterix and the Missing Scroll,” Julius Caesar is raging over a missing scroll that may or may not be Caesar’s own Comments on the Gallic War. Will all these exciting adventures affect our humble Gaulish friends?
About the Author
Rene Goscinny was born in Paris in 1926. After growing up in Argentina, he came to America where he shared a studio with future Mad magazine co-founder Harvey Kurtzman and collaborators Will Elder and Jack Davis. In 1959, he founded the magazine Pilote which premiered what was to become the most successful comic series anywhere: Asterix. He died suddenly cardiac arrest in 1977 at the age of 51.
Albert Uderzo was born in France 1927 to Italian Immigrants. In 1959 Goscinny and Uderzo became editor and artistic director (respectively) of Pilote magazine. Their creation, Asterix became a runaway success. After Goscinny's death in 1977, 26 volumes of Asterix were complete, Uderzo continued to write and illustrate the Asterix books on his own, publishing 8 volumes. The cover credits still read "Goscinny and Uderzo.” He retired in 2011 but still oversees Asterix and the current publications by Jean-Yves Ferri and Didier Conrad.