Asterix the Gaul adventures
Vol. 34 - Asterix and Obelix’s Birthday – The Golden Book
Written by: Goscinny and Uderzo - Drawings by: Uderzo
Original title: L’Anniversaire d’Astérix et Obélix – Le Livre d’or
Published by: Les Éditions Albert René
First album edition: 22 October 2009
In commemoration of Asterix's 50th birthday, born on 29 October 1959 in the pages of the very first issue of the weekly magazine Pilote, Albert Uderzo has come up with an exceptional gift to pay homage to his heroes and to the millions of their readers throughout the world!
True to the love of caricature and the mocking spirit of the Pilote years, Albert Uderzo has created an album of Asterix short stories focusing on the birthday theme and filled with 56 pages of hitherto unpublished drawings! While Asterix and Obelix are off hunting wild boar in the forest surrounding the Village, many of the 400 characters from the Asterix albums come together, in answer to Chief Vitalstatistix's invitation, to prepare a birthday party for the two friends.
While reading the album, we discover Asterix and his friends some 50 years later, a side-splitting fashion show featuring Obelix, birthday wishes from Edifis, Panacea and even the pirates, a travel guide based on a never-before published text by René Goscinny, parodies of famous record covers produced by Cacofonix, and, even more incredible, a fabulous Gaulish Museum devised by Prolix the soothsayer.
A handsome album which concludes (every rule has an exception!) not with a banquet but with a brilliant round of more than 60 characters - proof (should it still be needed) of the youthful virtuosity of Albert Uderzo's drawing talents.
What the druids have to say about Asterix and Obelix’s Birthday – The Golden Book
Some exclusive sketches!
In the small Village that we all know so well, a great event is being organised. Asterix’ and Obelix’s birthday is the perfect occasion to reunite with the many friends who have shared previous adventures. Let the festivities begin!
Each guest will be bringing gifts for Asterix and Obelix. Those who live too far away will be sending birthday wishes to be delivered by the postman Postaldistrix. Here, we hear from Edifis himself!
The album’s surprises include parodies of famous masterpieces that seem to indicate that our Indomitable Gauls have influenced the greatest masters of the art world….
Cleopatra and Julius Caesar themselves have also been invited to join in the birthday celebration for the two Indomitable Gauls. But this time, it’s the great Julius who shows some resistance….
The unforgettable from the album Asterix and Obelix’s Birthday – The Golden Book
Albert Uderzo making an appearance in the Asterix universe just long enough to receive a blow from Obelix, who doesn't appreciate seeing Asterix and himself being aged by 50 years (and on top of it all, he thinks it's funny!), Obelix as a tagger and Asterix disguised as a marsupilami, Edifis presenting the works of Leaningtowerofpisis, the pirates in the Titanix, Asterix's wedding announcement on the front page of the Daily Lutetian, our heroes' caricatures of famous old masters' paintings, Asterix and Obelix with a flock of kids.... So many inventions, a wellspring of material for humorous graphics!