Albert Uderzo, the celebrated French illustrator and author who created the beloved “Asterix” franchise with René Goscinny greater than 60 years in the past, has died. He was 92. Uderzo’s household instructed the French newswire AFP that he died in his sleep of a coronary heart assault at his house in Neuilly, close to Paris.
Created in 1959, the “Asterix” cartoon collection includes 38 volumes which were translated into greater than 100 languages and bought world wide.
It has additionally impressed a number of TV collection and a few of France’s highest-budget and most profitable live-action films, notably Alain Chabat’s 2002 movie “Asterix and Obelix: Meet Cleopatra.” A brand new film, “Asterix & Obelix, the Silk Street,” set to be directed by Guillaume Canet, is at the moment being co-developed by Pathé and can be partly set in China. Asterix can also be the mascot of the French amusement park Parc Astérix which is situated within the outskirts of Paris.
“Asterix” follows the adventures of a small but fearless Gallic warrior who battles in opposition to Julius Caesar and his Roman legion who’re attempting to invade his village. Though he has modest means in comparison with the Roman military, the titular hero depends on a magic potion ready by the village’s druids that provides him superpowers, and the assistance of his kind-hearted finest buddy Obelix who fell into the druid’s cauldron when he was a baby.
Uderzo, who was primarily an illustrator, fashioned a prolific duo with Goscinny till the latter died in 1977. Apart from “Asterix,” they created “L’Indien” and “Benjamin et Benjamine,” amongst many different comedian books.”
After he retired in 2011, Uderzo tapped Jean-Yves Ferri and Didier Conrad to take over the franchise. The final “Asterix” album, “La Fille de Vercingétorix,” was revealed in 2019 to mark the 60th anniversary of “Asterix.”
Uderzo, who was born in Northern France in 1934 to a household of Italian immigrants, began his profession working as an illustrator for a kids’s journal and was mentored by Edmond Calvo, the cartoonist and writer of “The Beast is Useless — The World Battle of Animals.”