Thursday, October 22, 2009

Asterix goes AAT

How did I miss this? I used to be a huge Asterix fan- it kept me interested in the comics form during the hideous early 90s. Granted, I stuck mostly to the classics but had a volume or two of the post-Goscinny material. If nothing else, I dug on the art.

There's a piece on the BBC today about the controversy over Uderzo's stewardship of the franchise which meant pretty much nothing to me until I saw that the most recent volume had Asterix and Obelisk squaring off against ancient astronauts! Not only ancient astronauts, but aliens who looked like our sun god (or 'Superman', in the vernacular) and our Anglo-Saxon fertility sprites, aka 'The Teletubbies'. Strangely enough this was volume #33 (# 17 was called Mansions of the Gods).

Of course, there was the usual cognitive dissonance- critics trashed it but it still sold in the millions. Funny how that works, just like Crystal Skull and Revenge of the Fallen.

Now if you'll excuse me I have to track down an English-subtitled copy of the Asterix meets Cleopatra movie. Monica Bellucci? Rowr.


  1. Chris, tell me you've seen this:

    Meanwhile, a British nuclear expert fell to his death from the 17th floor of the United Nations offices in Vienna yesterday. Police and UN spokesmen said there were no suspicious circumstances in the death of the man, who has not been named, or any other person involved.

  2. Wow- the 17 meme is playing out in some very gruesome ways this year, Alan.

  3. According to, NASA has bumped the shuttle Atlantis liftoff to the 16 or 17 of November.


  4. Interresting. Never thought that Asterix, a mere European thing would have readers in the US

  5. Those penguin-y-looking aliens look like Bob White's Archie-Comics 'Cosmo The Merry Martian' circa 1959... I've mentioned that the whole Archie line did UFO-gag covers all thru 1960...