Three newly-translated classic Asterix stories in one volume! Asterix is a fearless Gaul with a magic potion that grants him incredible strength to protect his village and ward off the Roman Empire from invading. With his pal, Obelix, they not only defend their village from the blundering Roman legionnaires, but also lend their services to the rest of the world.
First, Asterix and Obelix and their tone-deaf bard Cacofonix attempt to bring rain to a far-off Eastern Kingdom in “Asterix and the Magic Carpet.” Asterix and Julius Caesar race head-to-head to implement their “Secret Weapon” to their forces and advance into a new age. Their futures are female. And finally, Obelix gets his hands on the magic potion and flees the village. Can the King of Atlantis help? Find out in “Asterix and Obelix All at Sea.” Plus: a new Asterix Afterword by Alexander Simmons, providing historical and cultural context, both in 50 B.C. and in the time the classic comics were created.
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.