Sunday, June 26, 2011

Asterix and Obelix

As a schoolboy I loved the series of Asterix and Obelix illustrated books written by René Goscinny and illustrated by Albert Uderzo. With some 34 to choose from you could spend your lunchtime pouring over them in the solitude of the school library. (Translation... I wasn't always the first to be picked for the football team!) There I could indulge my escapism while feeding my interest in Ancient Rome. The Gauls always seemed to trounce them and the illustrations were rich and inviting. A sad but true fact is that I became enamoured of imperial Roman architecture based on contemporary cartoon fiction. 

Another aspect to this story is that I am now collecting posters of the aforementioned books and have several. Judging from the difficulty I had in locating them I gather there is a serious collector movement brewing which has clearly exhausted the resources of both Babar and Tin Tin. I was tempted to locate a Donald Duck original poster (my father used to bribe me to go to sunday school with several comics weekly) but they cost somewhere in the vicinity of a small impoverished nation. The above poster (Asterix and Cleopatra) is from 1970 and is written in Swedish. 


  1. Brian,

    did you buy this while you were living in Sweden? If so, would it have helped inspire your collecting of these posters?



  2. Hi Dave...I actually purchased this last year. Yes... I should have started collecting earlier!