Asterix the Gaul Series
Asterix is a series of French comics. The series first appeared in the Franco-Belgian comics magazine “Pilote” on 29 October 1959. It was written by René Goscinny and illustrated by Albert Uderzo until the death of Goscinny in 1977. Uderzo then took over the writing until 2009, when he sold the rights to publishing company Hachette. As of 2018, 38 volumes have been released. The albums have also been published in collections of three and six. Official website.
Here is the order of publication and date of the original French strips:
- Asterix the Gaul (1961) 1969
- Asterix and the Golden Sickle (1962) 1975
- Asterix and the Goths (1963) 1974
- Asterix the Gladiator (1964) 1969
- Asterix and the Banquet (1965) 1979
- Asterix and Cleopatra (1965) 1969
- Asterix and the Big Fight (1966) 1974
- Asterix in Britain (1966)
- Asterix and the Normans (1967) 1978
- Asterix the Legionary (1967) 1970
- Asterix and the Chieftain’s Shield (1968) 1977
- Asterix at the Olympic Games (1968)
- Asterix and the Cauldron (1969) 1976
- Asterix in Spain (1969) 1971
- Asterix and the Roman Agent (1970) 1972
- Asterix in Switzerland (1970) 1973
- The Mansions of the Gods (1971) 1973
- Asterix and the Laurel Wreath (1972)
- Asterix and the Soothsayer (1972) 1975
- Asterix in Corsica (1973) 1979
- Asterix and Caesar’s Gift (1974) 1977
- Asterix and the Great Crossing (1975) 1976
- Obelix and Co. (1976) 1978
- Asterix in Belgium (1979) 1980
- Asterix and the Great Divide (1980) 1981
- Asterix and the Black Gold (1981) 1982
- Asterix and Son (1983)
- Asterix and the Magic Carpet (1987) 1988
- How Obelix Fell into the Magic Potion When He Was a Little Boy (1989)
- Asterix and the Secret Weapon (1991)
- Asterix and Obelix all at Sea (1996)
- Asterix and the Actress (2001)
- Asterix and the Class Act (2003)
- Asterix and the Falling Sky (2005)
- Asterix and Obelix’s Birthday (2009)
- Asterix and the Picts (2013)
- Asterix and the Missing Scroll (2015)
- Asterix and the Chariot Race (2017)
- Asterix and the Chieftan's Daughter (2019)
Books in the Asterix the Gaul series:
Asterix in Britain (1966)
The Romans have invaded Britain, but one village still holds out. Asterix and Obelix come to help, with a barrel of magic potion in hand.
Asterix at the Olympic Games (1968)
Gluteus Maximus, a Roman legionnaire, is chosen to represent Rome at the Olympics. While training, he encounters Asterix and Obelix, who outdo him thanks to a magic potion.
Asterix and Cleopatra (1969)
Cleopatra Queen of Egypt bets Julius Caesar that her Egyptians can build a palace in Alexandria within three months.
Asterix the Gaul (1969)
The year is 50 BC, and all of Gaul is occupied except for one small village. How much longer can Asterix, Obelix and their friends resist the Roman Empire?
Asterix the Gladiator (1969)
The Romans have captured Cacofonix as a gift for Caesar, who will throw him to the lions. To rescue him, Asterix and Obelix become gladiators themselves.
Asterix the Legionary (1970)
Asterix and Obelix enlist as legionnaires in order to rescue Tragicomix, whom the Romans forcibly conscripted. The two find Tragicomix and succeed in causing the biggest commotion ever on a battlefield.
Asterix in Spain (1971)
When the Romans take Huevos y Bacon’s son hostage, they discover that Little Pepe is a terrible handful. Asterix and Obelix step in to save him.
Chief Vitalstatistix foolishly bet that he can season a stew with Caesar’s laurel wreath. Now Asterix and Obelix must travel to Rome, steal the wreath, and bring it back for the promised dinner.
Asterix and the Roman Agent (1972)
Julius Caesar sends expert troublemaker Tortuous Convolvulus to sow jealousy and discord in the town of Asterix, Obelix and Getafix.
Asterix in Switzerland (1973)
The governor of Gaul has always been a “creative” accountant. Now he’s under investigation—or he was, until someone poisons the investigator.
The Mansions of the Gods (1973)
Caesar decides to civilize Gaul if he can’t civilize the Gauls by building a modern housing development.
Asterix and the Big Fight (1974)
Getaflix needs to make a magic potion of invincibility so Vitalstatistix can defeat Cassius. But a flying menhir hits Getaflix and he no longer remembers how to make his magic potion. Can Asterix help restore Getaflix’s memory?
Asterix and the Goths (1974)
Getafix has been kidnapped by a band of Goths. So Asterix and Obelix set out to rescue him in the course of which they set off a whole series of tribal wars.
Getafix has broken his golden sickle, so Asterix and Obelix visit Lutetia to buy a new one for him. But the sicklesmith—a cousin of Obelix—has vanished without a trace.
Asterix and the Soothsayer (1975)
A sinister visitor arrives in the little village where Asterix lives. The townsfolk believe every word he says. Only Asterix knows better.
Asterix and the Cauldron (1976)
A Gaulish chief asks Asterix’s village to help guard a cauldron full of money from the Romans. But the sneaky chief steals back the cash while Asterix is standing watch. Can Asterix and Obelix recover the riches?
Asterix and Obelix are lost at sea. They finally reach what they think is a Roman colony. But it turns out to be a New World.
Asterix and Caesar’s Gift (1977)
Tremensdelirius gets the deed to Asterix’s little village. But he foolishly trades it for a drink in the tavern.
Julius Caesar wants to parade with the shield of his adversary Vercingetorix. But where is it? Will Caesar or Asterix and his friends find it first?
Asterix and the Normans (1978)
Normans believe that terror gives you wings so you can fly. They plan to test their theory by pushing Vitalstatistix’s cowardly nephew off the edge of a cliff.
Obelix and Co. (1978)
Caesar sends Caius Preposterus, a young graduate of the Latin school of Economics, to corrupt the indomitable Gauls by introducing them to big business.
The Twelve Tasks of Asterix (1978)
Julius Caesar challenges Asterix and Obelix to a test of strength - the winner to rule the Roman Empire. This is the book of the film.
Asterix and the Banquet (1979)
The Roman soldiers construct a barricade around Asterix’s village to keep everyone in. So he and Obelix embark on a trip around the entire country.
Asterix in Corsica (1979)
Asterix and Obelix help Chief Boneywasawarriorwayayix to foil the evil designs of Praetor Perfidius and oppose Julius Caesar’s army.
Asterix in Belgium (1980)
Who are bravest, the Belgian tribes or the Gauls? And who can destroy more fortified Roman camps?
Asterix and the Great Divide (1981)
Sweethearts Melodrama and Histrionix ask Asterix and Obelix and Getafix to sort out the rivalries between their fathers.
Asterix and the Black Gold (1982)
Asterix and Obelix are off to the Middle East to bring back rock oil for the magic potion.
Asterix and Son (1983)
When someone leaves a little boy in a basket outside Asterix and Obelix’s hut, it’s two Gauls and a baby!
Asterix Versus Caesar (1986)
Asterix and the Magic Carpet (1988)
The wonderful village where Asterix and Obelix live has only one drawback: its musician Cacofonix is the worst in the world. But then a stranger flies in on a magic carpet asking for help in ending a terrible drought. Suddenly, Cacofonix’s talents come in mighty handy.
The story of how Obelix fell in the magic potion which had a permanent effect on him.
Operation Getafix (1990)
A carelessly thrown menhir (Obelix) deprives the druid (Getafix) of his memory and no one else can make the magic potion. This is the book of the film The Big Fight, based on Asterix and the Soothsayer and Asterix and the Big Fight.
When the mothers in Asterix’s town want to replace Cacofonix the musician with Bravura, the men are horrified. But, she hits the right notes musically, and she proves very valuable when Julius Caesar sends in his secret weapon.
Asterix Conquers America (1995)
Asterix and Obelix cross the Atlantic. This is based on the animated film version of Asterix and the Great Crossing.
Slaves have stolen Julius Caesar’s own warship. They join Caesar’s old enemies Asterix and Obelix, and set sail for Atlantis.
Asterix and the Actress (2001)
The hysterical adventures of Asterix and his pals in the days of the Roman Empire as they protect their town. And throw a birthday party!
Asterix and the Class Act (2003)
A superb compilation of 14 short stories about the origin of Asterix and and Obelix.
Asterix and the Falling Sky (2005)
The Gauls have only one fear: that the sky may fall on their heads tomorrow. But tomorrow never comes, says Chief Vitalstatistix. Or does it?
Here are twelve new stories and surprises to celebrate a half century of Asterix and Obelix.
Asterix and the Picts (2013)
Asterix and Obelix journey to Caledonia (Scotland) to reunite two separated lovers. This is the first Asterix adventure from a new creative team.
Caesar has written a chapter in his autobiography about his defeat by the indomitable Gauls, which he now wants to supress, but the Gauls are ready to publish.
Asterix on the Warpath (2015)
A pop-up with all the POW of the Asterix adventures.
Asterix and the Chariot Race (2017)
Asterix and Obelix tour the Italian peninsula and find that all Italians are not Romans.