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Albert Uderzo, the French comic book artist and scriptwriter best known for his work on Astérix, has died at the age of 92.
French news agency AFP said his family announced the news on Tuesday. It quoted his son-in-law as saying: "He died in his sleep at his home in Neuilly from a heart attack unrelated to the coronavirus. He had been very tired for several weeks."
The son of Italian immigrants had retired from drawing in late 2011.
Astérix, which has a cult following, particularly in Europe, has also become a major film franchise, both in animated and live-action form. The property has spawned a number of cinematic adaptations.
Asterix debuted in October 1959 in the French magazine PIlote, created by René Goscinny and Uderzo. Two years later, the first stand-alone effort, Astérix the Gaul, was released. Since then, the series has gone on to sell more than 380 million copies, translated into more than 100 languages internationally. The duo collaborated on the comic until the death of Goscinny in 1977. Uderzo then took over the writing until 2009.
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Which is your favorite comic book genre?
Another bad news
Still remains all the comics :-)
His work was superb. Didn't know back then, but the first Asterix books I read, were theirs alone. His work with Goscinny is better, obviously, but I kept the memories of The Rose and the Sword, and Asterix in India very close to my heart.
sad news but 92 is a decent age.
asterix and tintin, that was my stuff back then.
tintin is even on netflix list. perfect for this time of the year i guess.
and... Horror - Vampirilla, since 8 I reckon
My apologies for forgetting to include the -well deserved to be there- horror genre!
seriously no need, those in denial about the existance of monstyrs always die First & Furriest
It's a sad day...
Either way, 92 is a good age; I hope he did not suffer and was happy with his life and life's work overall.
I grew up reading (and watching) Asterix, Zagor, The Great Black, Tarzan, Commandant Mark, Conan the Barbarian, Lucky Luke, The Phantom, Mister No, Dylan Dog, Alan Ford... I will cherrish them always !
I've never heard of Lucky Luke or Inzogood, but I adore Tintin and Asterix!!!
Very sad news indeed, yet he lived a full and long life. Condolences to his family and friends.
Read them/watch if you can, these are classics :(
And yeah, really sad news, loved most of their books, even if they were not really the same after Gościnny was gone...
Thanks for the advice!
I wish I could find the tintin 90s TV shows anywhere. :(
I get it for Iznogood, but it's coming a bit weird that someone never heard of Lucky Luke!
Let alone someone who likes Tintin and Asterix :)
Asterix, Tintin, Lucky Luke and Gaston Lagaffe were my childhood, but Asterix holds a special place in my heart as it was by far my favourite of all of them, and the first comics my mother and older sister read to me when I was very young (and couldn't read yet).
Sad to hear of his passing away, but as InquisitorDruss said, he lived a fairly long life and hopefully died in peace.
He brought great joy to many of us in life - May he rest in peace.
It was similar for me too, these were my childhood and Asterix holds a very special place in my heart. I was trying to “read” these when I barely knew how to read. Since I have read some of these more than anything else in my life (as a rough estimate, I guess more than 20 times the whole Asterix and Lucky Luke series) it was interesting how I was progressively understanding more of the jokes, pans, even social and political meanings/references as I was growing up.
I heard the news yesterday. It's such a shame, but I'm glad he lived to a ripe old age. I hope he passed on peacefully.
(As an aside, it strikes me as a bit silly to have manga as a whole different genre in the poll. Manga itself is just a word for comics produced in Japan. They still fall into sci-fi, romance, fantasy...)
Technically you have a valid point. Though, it seems there are (millions of) people who are using it as a criteria and reading exclusively only manga related stuff (hence the results of the poll). It also works the opposite way, there are those who don’t like it in general, regardless of its (separate - as you correctly noticed) sub-genres. I think that since the whole manga scene has a very characteristic and identifiable style which has shaped a part of the modern Japanese culture - and not only that - it could be categorised as a whole.
Those are kind of a transverse subgenres.
you have European BD, US Comics and Japanese manga. Each having a different format. Same with Coke and Pepsi.
It was one of my favorite comics to read: Asterix (on the list of favorites anyway). Kajko i Kokosz (Kayko_and_Kokosh) i too liked which had some similarities, later i collected probably all Asterix comics possible as they were released locally.
rip, loved his strips since I was a child!
Was a fan of all of Goscinny's stories... after he left, it wasn't quite the same. Still, Asterix is an icon.
Best depiction of Caesar, for sure :)
Goscinny was a transcendent mastermind indeed. Though I found very decent the first 5 of the Uderzo-only volumes (25-29).
True. There were a few good ones but they never rose to the level of wit and sharpness that Goscinny's had, especially dialogs.
I'm gutted. My grandfather would read the Asterix books to us before I could even read. He had to explain most of the jokes but it remains one of my earliest and fondest memories.
He lived a full life providing laughs and more than a little food for thoughts to kids and grown ups all over the world for half a century or more.
I'd say that's pretty good but he'll still be missed.