Asterix in “Le Monde”, a “children’s book” elevated to the rank of myth

Asterix in “Le Monde”, a “children’s book” elevated to the rank of myth

INn very discreet hero. Enter Asterix World back door on November 23, 1961. on the occasion of the awards of the French Discography Academy. Retold versionAsterix Gallic, the first volume of the comic by screenwriter René Goscinny and designer Albert Uderzo, it is awarded there and only the name of the album is mentioned. Until December 10, 1963, the evening newspapers did not talk about the famous character again. The page is dedicated “children’s books” where Bécassine, Babar, Petit Nicolas, “Happy Luck” (referring to the famous cowboy Lucky Luke, also a creation of René Goscinny) and Asterix: “The Gallic Asterix, born recently from the newspaper “Pilote” and the collaboration of Goscinny and Carz? There is humor and invention in his forces, which are set in the Gallic Wars,” then concludes World.

We are still far from the drumming that accompanies every new album or film with irreducible Gauls, like today with Asterix and Obelix. Middle Kingdom, by Guillaume Caneton screens from 1is February. Above all, the presentation seems incomplete to say the least. Asterix was born four years earlier already in the magazine Pilot. After Asterix the Gaul (1961) etc Golden sneeze (1962), the duo Goscinny-Uderzo even just released the third part, Asterix and the Goths, where the background of the Gallic War seems more than distant. The reader can also correct that the designer’s name is Uderzo, and not “Carzo”. Outside the surprising shell, there is a time when comics did not exist yet, because Worldthe ninth art, but a derivative of the illustrated book, intended for children who read the evening diary.

A legitimate social phenomenon

Three years later, in its edition of October 8, 1966. World The question of the legitimacy of the genre arises precisely from the pen of the literary critic Nicole Zand, through a research whose title sums it all up: “When comics want to enter college…” “Probably because they no longer wanted to smile when they devoted themselves to their favorite reading, some hobbyists have been dedicated for several years to providing access to ‘comics’, ‘fumetti’ and other respectable tapes,” writes the “World of Books” journalist. And let me quote the latter Asterix, which has received several magazine covers.

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