Asterix creator Albert Uderzo RIP

Sad news that at the grand age of 92 Albert Uderzo the illustrator of Asterix books and illustrator / writer of the later ones has died

The announcement on the official Asterix website

As you can see from my book pile above, the Asterix books were and still are a major inspiration to my occasional Roman and Ancients Games – Full Metal Hic Jacet.

A sad day for Tidders and his Asterix inspired 54mm gaming website By Toutatis! or Romans Go Home

Gone – but what a joyous visual legacy Uderzo and Goscinny have left, one that for me easily matches Tintin. Both these sets of comic books or graphic novels were a main stay of my branch library borrowing throughout my childhood.

Happy memories of Airfix Romans versus Asterix Ancient Britain’s and Sheriff of Nottingham figures.

Happy memories of Weetabix cereal packs with Asterix scenes and cardboard Asterix figures

Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN, 70s wargaming kid with Cardboard Asterix figures off the back of cereal boxes, 24 March 2020

Author: 26soldiersoftin

Hello I'm Mark Mr MIN, Man of TIN. Based in S.W. Britain, I'm a lifelong collector of "tiny men" and old toy soldiers, whether tin, lead or childhood vintage 1960s and 1970s plastic figures. I randomly collect all scales and periods and "imagi-nations" as well as lead civilians, farm and zoo animals. I enjoy the paint possibilities of cheap poundstore plastic figures as much as the patina of vintage metal figures. Befuddled by the maths of complex boardgames and wargames, I prefer the small scale skirmish simplicity of very early Donald Featherstone rules. To relax, I usually play solo games, often using hex boards. Gaming takes second place to making or convert my own gaming figures from polymer clay (Fimo), home-cast metal figures of many scales or plastic paint conversions. I also collect and game with vintage Peter Laing 15mm metal figures, wishing like many others that I had bought more in the 1980s ...

5 thoughts on “Asterix creator Albert Uderzo RIP”

  1. A fitting tribute Mark and some great links. His books are terrific fun and will continue to live on for future generations. Your photo at the top of the post is delightful.


    1. What a legacy. The recent animated film Asterix and the Mansions of the Gods is worth tracking down on DVD like the recent Peanuts Movie.
      I spent a happy time late last night looking again 30 to 40 years on at the back of some very familiar cereal boxes on the cereal website with Asterix and Doctor Who collectible cards and beautiful scenic colour backdrops. Seems like only yesterday.
      Trusty old Airfix Romans and Britons had to stand in here for Gauls, as you never had enough cardboard figures for a big game. Lots of playground swaps.
      I could never get my family to eat the cereals fast enough to buy enough Asterix themed packs or buy them in advance. The 70s were always a bit tight for cash.
      I just about remember the plastic toys hidden in the cereals and we did have a small family collection of Kellogg’s Cereal Army / Band from the 60s and 70s.


      1. In the sixties onwards I recall plastic knights in cereal packets and plastic subs you put bicarbonate of soda in and they went up and down in a bowl of water. I really like the cut out soldiers on the back of cornflakes.


  2. I still have a few of my childhood and old branch library copies of Asterix and Tintin, topped up with modern ones from a few years back when I had plentiful morphine after an operation for a few weeks. I couldn’t read and remember what I had read of normal books, all I could do was concentrate on one comic frame at a time! Asterix and Tintin saved the day and saw me through.


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