Asterix and Obelix walking in Corsica

The Asterix Agenda: A Pipeline Portal

At the start of 2018, I created The Asterix Agenda. Its goal was simple: Review every volume of “Asterix” that Albert Uderzo drew.  

There are 34 of those, plus one picture book.

It took all year, but I did it.

I also reviewed a couple of movies, wrote some thought pieces on different aspects of the series, drew the characters as mermaids, reported on some breaking Asterix news, and generally let the free Gauls take over my life for a year.

This page is the ultimate guide to The Asterix Agenda, with links to everything I’ve ever written about Asterix on

Reviewing All the Albums

To break up this list of reviews, I’ve grouped them into the categories created by Peter Kessler in his book, “The Complete Guide to Asterix.”

He divided Uderzo’s run into five time periods.  I stretched out the last one to include the books Uderzo did after Kessler’s book saw print in the 1990s, then added a new one for the new creative team on the series.

1959 – 1964
The Rough-Hewn Menhir

Obelix and Asterix make their debut in Asterix v1

The first 25 books in the series were written by Rene Goscinny with art by Albert Uderzo.

In this first section, we look at the books done first as serials in Pilote Journal, which Goscinny started as the editor. The serials were collected into albums later, and by the third volume began racking up some pretty impressive sales numbers. (See also “Asterix: The Pilote Publication Guide“.)

As you can see, the character designs started out a bit different from where they wound up.  Uderzo was discovering these characters as he drew the book, week by week.

The stories were strong from the start, though.  This is not the kind of series you’d recommend people start reading with the fourth volume because the earliest ones were no good.  While the art style was still developing, even the earliest books’ stories are laugh riots.

Asterix v1 Asterix the Gaul original cover by Albert Uderzo
Asterix v2 Asterix and the Golden Sickle cover by Albert Uderzo
Asterix v3 Asterix and the Goths cover by Albert Uderzo
Asterix v4 Asterix and the Gladiator cover by Albert Uderzo

1965 – 1967
The Burnished Cauldron

Cleopatra has a beautiful nose, you know

Kessler refers to this as the Golden Age of Asterix — the moment when Uderzo worked out the early kinks in his art style.

He specifically says he didn’t name it “The Golden Age” because they are necessarily the best books. I think some, however, might think they are.

I think you might be able to lump “Asterix and Cleopatra” along with “Asterix the Legionary” in the top ten, at least. 

Personally, I rate “Asterix and the Banquet” as the least of the first ten volumes.

Asterix v5 Asterix and the Banquet cover by Albert Uderzo
Asterix v6 Asterix and the Cleopatra cover by Albert Uderzo
Asterix and the Big Fight, volume 7, cover by Albert Uderzo
Asterix in Britain cover
Asterix and the Normans cover
Asterix the Legionary is volume 10 of the series

The Teeming Village

Asterix and Obelix are ready for a fight in "Mansions of the Gods"

1968 is the point at which Uderzo dropped all his other work to concentrate on “Asterix.”  It’s crazy that he had time to do anything else while he was speed drawing the first 10 books, but he did. 

Kessler believes this extra time to work on Asterix led to more expressive characters from Uderzo.

It’s also the time the Village characters seemed to expand into slightly larger roles. Heck, they even joined Asterix on an adventure in “Asterix and the Olympic Games.” Goscinny wasn’t afraid to try new things, even within the formats he had created for the series so early on.

“Asterix and the Cauldron” is a madcap chase book.  “The Mansions of the Gods” is a parable on gentrification and over-development. “Asterix and the Roman Agent” is about the inherent jealousies of the human condition. “Asterix and the Chieftain’s Shield” taps into French history.  It’s a great mix of strong books.

"Asterix and the Chieftain's Shield" cover by Albert Uderzo
Asterix at the Olympics cover, the 12th volume in the series by Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo
Asterix and the Cauldron cover by Albert Uderzo
Asterix and the Roman Agent cover
Asterix in Switzerland cover by Albert Uderzo
Asterix v17, "The Mansions of the Gods" cover
Volume 17: “The Mansions of the Gods.”

Characteristix and Sophistix

After Goscinny's death, Uderzo darkened the skies and started the rain in the book.

These are the final books written by Rene Goscinny before his untimely passing during production on “Asterix in Belgium.”

It includes a visit to America, a great lesson in economics, a savage takedown of self-proclaimed seers, and more fun with Caesar.

Objectively, I’d say the best two books here are “Asterix and the Soothsayer” and “Obelix and Co.”  Subjectively, for reasons I went on at great length about in my review, “Asterix in Belgium” is a personal favorite.

Asterix and the Laurel Wreath cover by Albert Uderzo
Asterix and the Soothsayer (volume 19) cover by Albert Uderzo
Asterix in Corsica cover by Albert Uderzo
Asterix and Caesar's Gift cover by Albert Uderzo
Asterix and the Great Crossing cover by Albert Uderzo
Asterix v23 Obelix and Co cover by Albert Uderzo
Asterix in Belgium cover by Albert Uderzo

The Real and the Cartoon

Asterix is saved from a horrible oceanic fate by a passing dolphin who gives him a ride back to shore. Sure, why not?
Asterix and Obelix ride on a magic carpet

This is the Solo Uderzo era.  After Goscinny’s death, Uderzo took his time to decide that he wanted to carry on.  Once he did, the books came out on whatever schedule he wanted to do them on.  There’d often be three or four years between books, whereas he and Goscinny had churned them out at a rate of a book a year (and occasionally more) in the 1960s.

Uderzo’s solo stories turned towards the more magical and fantastical as time went by.  He told stories with more children and animals scurrying about.  Magic carpets, helpful dolphins, sudden new powers, and centaurs ruled the day, for better or (more would argue) worse.

It was Asterix: The Saturday Morning Cartoon Edition.

I’m throwing in “How Obelix Fell Into the Magic Potion When He Was a Little Boy” here because it fits chronologically.  Goscinny wrote it, but Uderzo did all new drawings for the book and added a couple captions and bits of dialogue to finish it off.  It’s a very different style from Uderzo, and definitely worth a read.

Asterix and the Great Divide cover by Albert Uderzo
Asterix v26, Asterix and the Black Gold, cover by Albert Uderzo
Asterix v27 Asterix and Son cover by Albert Uderzo
Asterix and the Magic Carpet cover by Albert Uderzo
Asterix and the Secret Weapon, volume 29 in the series
Asterix and Obelix All At Sea cover by Albert Uderzo
Asterix and the Actress cover by Albert Uderzo
Asterix and the Class Act cover by Albert Uderzo
Asterix v33 Asterix and the Falling Sky cover by Albert Uderzo
Asterix v34 "Asterix and Obelix's Birthday the Golden Book" cover by Albert Uderzo or his studio.
How Obelix Fell Into the Magic Potion When He Was a Little Boy cover by Albert Uderzo

The Next Generation

Asterix, Obelix, and Dogmatix in "Asterix and the Picts"

After threatening to retire many times, Albert Uderzo finally did in 2011.  A few years later, a new team took over the title.  Uderzo chose Jean-Yves Ferri to be the writer, and an artist from Uderzo’s studios was set to draw the book.  He, unfortunately, got cold feet and dropped out.  Didier Conrad came in to take over.  

Ferri and Conrad have done four books together so far, with a fifth announced for October 2021.

Asterix and the Picts by Jean-Yves Ferri and Didier Conrad
Asterix and the Missing Scroll cover
Asterix v3 "Asterix and the Chariot Race" through Italy by Jean Yves Ferri and Didier Conrad
Asterix and the Chieftain's Daughter v38 cover

Didier/Conrad Reviews Redux

I read and reviewed these three books before embarking on The Asterix Agenda. After reading all of the 34+ original volumes in the series, I took a second look through the books.  Placing the books in the context of the overall series as they were fresher in my mind turned out to be great grist for the mill.  Here now are the links to my reviews written after reading all the rest of the books in a compressed time frame:

Asterix and the Picts by Jean-Yves Ferri and Didier Conrad
Asterix and the Missing Scroll cover
Asterix v3 "Asterix and the Chariot Race" through Italy by Jean Yves Ferri and Didier Conrad

Additional Asterix Books

Besides the 38 books I’ve listed above, there are other Asterix books you can find out there.  That even includes a “Where’s Waldo?” style book.  There’s actually two of those — one where you find Asterix, and one where you look for Obelix. I haven’t reviewed those.  (Yet.)

I did, however, review two others:

From "Asterix on the Warpath" comes this impressive view of a brawl in the village amongst the men

“Asterix on the Warpath” is a pop-up book that’s insanely detailed, featuring a wide variety of three dimensional affects that impressed me.

Asterix et Ses Amis cover logo detail

“Asterix et Ses Amis”
is an all-star effort of European comics creators paying tribute to Albert Uderzo on the occasion of his 80th birthday. The line-up is insane.  This book has never been translated to English.  I picked out a few highlights that I translated from the French as I read. If you’ve ever wanted to see Uncle Scrooge meet Asterix, this is the book for you!

Asterix at The Movies

Asterix is a comic book, so of course there are movies!

While there were animated movies based directly on the books as early as the mid-1960s as Asterix hysteria began, live action took a turn in the 1990s and 2000s, before they went with three-dimensional computer animation for the last couple.

The early animated ones are easy and cheap to find in various places.

The live action films are a mixed bag. You can buy Blu-rays and DVDs with English subtitles or dubs, but they’re not always easy to find, cheap, or available in America. Your best bet is Amazon.

Streaming is hit and miss, but I put together “The Complete Asterix and Obelix Movie Streaming Guide.”

The more recent animations — the two CGI ones, specifically — have been generally commercially and critically successful.

I’ve had the chance to watch and review a couple of the movies.  Here are those links. I think “The Mansions of the Gods” is the stronger movie, but they’re both entertaining in their own ways.

Asterix at the Olympic Games movie poster
Asterix and the Mansions of the Gods movie posters (British release)

The History of Rome and Gaul

Over the course of compiling these reviews, I learned a lot about the history of the time, c. 50 B.C.  Julius Caesar is a fascinating fellow, and the stories about him are worth a read.

Here, then, are some of those:

It is, without a doubt, the greatest Caesar story of all time.  This is the probably true historical tale of the time a gang of pirates kidnapped and ransomed Julius Caesar, and how Caesar took immediate control of the situation.

Also, a note to all the other faux historians who like to tell this story: The pirates were not Sicilian.  They were Cilician, from the other side of Turkey from Italy.

Caesar's Commentaries track his campaign to capture all of Gaul

Julius Caesar was kind enough to write down all his adventures during the Gallic War leading into the period that Asterix is set during.  Whether for historical purposes or, more likely, political gain, these Commentaries have been studied ever since. 

They’ve also been a punchline in a couple of different Asterix volumes.  I explain them in this piece.

Alea Jacta Est word balloon, also with Caesar's head

One of the Latin phrases you read a lot over the course of “Asterix” is “Alea Jacta Est.”  That comes from the end of the Gallic War period as Caesar returned to a Roman that didn’t want him.  This article explains what happened there and how, just maybe, we’re not saying it right.  Also, it includes every panel where the phrase is used in “Asterix.”

Vercingetorix, Julius Caesar, and Asterix?!?

He appears on the very first page of “Asterix the Gaul,” but who is Vercingetorix and how did he come to be the one to surrender to Caesar on behalf of all Gaul-kind?  As with so much of the history of the time period, this is a dramatic story.

The Thought Pieces

You can’t read this many Asterix album and not have some unrelated thoughts.

Asterix hoists the white flag of surrender

It’s an unspeakable thing, but I dared to speak it.  Heck, I wrote a whole essay about it.  What if the Gauls put away their pride for one blinking moment and just surrendered to Caesar?  Wouldn’t that lead to a better quality of life for them?  This is me at my heretical best. 

Also, I Photoshopped up a Frenchman waving a white flag.  That might be the most stereotypical thing I’ve ever done for this site.

Getafix has a Bus Factor of 1

The Village is horribly mismanaged and Chief Vitalstatistix is an awful leader.  The proof of that is in the short-sightedness of how they handle the Magic Potion situation. The Druid Getafix is a classic Bus Factor of 1 situation.  If a bus ran him over one day, the whole Village would be done.

Shortly after I wrote this piece, the trailer for the “Asterix and the Secret of the Magic Potion” movie came out.  I haven’t seen it yet, but it addresses the subject of making a plan to replace Getafix, should he retire.

That’s a much cleaner and less morbid way of tackling the same subject….

Various and Sundry

Caesars Atlantic City Front Door

During a trip to Atlantic City, NJ, I spent some time visiting one of the last remaining hotels and casinos on the Boardwalk there, Caesars.  This is my photo essay.

The first ten books of Asterix

I wrote this tongue in cheek, and it’s turned out to be the most popular Asterix-related thing I’ve written on this site.  It’s my countdown of the best ten Asterix albums of the first ten Asterix albums.  Basically, they just get better as the series moves along. (Except “Asterix and the Banquet,” which was a disappointment.)

Top Ten Best Asterix Books by Goscinny and Uderzo

I went back later and compiled a Top 10 list of books from the Goscinny and Uderzo years.

Group shot of the Asterix cast

In writing these reviews week after week, I came across a number of other Asterix sites that were of great help providing background information, character name lists, and opinions on all the books.  This is my listing of those sites as well as the other references I used.

Albert Uderzo draws Asterix in a video

One of the best things about YouTube is the way it keeps videos alive from long ago that very few people would likely ever care about.  I love looking up favorite artists to see if there’s any videos of them drawing. 

Thankfully, with Albert Uderzo, he’s popular enough and enough of a media darling that we have this great video of him drawing.  I also point to a few other videos of Uderzo in this article, including one of him showing off Parc Asterix to a reporter.

Asterix and the Fine Arts

Possible influence on Asterix and Obelix from an old Goth painting by Évariste Vital Luminais?

Wikipedia references the painted works from the likes of Évariste Vital Luminais as a possible influence on the designs of Obelix and Asterix. They were popular in the 19th century.

I’d say the resemblance is uncanny, but there are classic traits associated with the Gauls of the time that, of course, all the characters of Asterix fit into. (Long hair, mustaches, etc.)  But it is funny to look at a painting like this one, done 100 years before Uderzo first drew Asterix, and see such a similarity.

It’s also funny to see how far Uderzo came in just those first ten years of drawing the book.  I spoofed a meme to show how that worked:

Asterix takes the Ten Year Challenge

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  1. Good times. Wasn’t that long ago, yet it feels like ages. Darn virus.
    That’s an impressive body of work, compiling all of these together into one comprehensive page.
    Makes you wonder what kind of challenge you should tackle next 😉

    1. Every week is a challenge, and there are plenty of things to keep me busy. I need to get through Blacksad first, and that’s only five books, plus two or three accompanying articles. Then I have one non-BD related project I’m working on that will be pretty huge, but is going to take a while yet. And I’ll keep finding excuses to review random Lucky Luke books until you’re all happy. 😉

      To be fair, though, this is an update on the old Pipeline Portal that I put together after I had finished the initial reviews. I’m getting rid of the software I used to create that page, so I needed to remake it with standard WordPress stuff. I think it works. I have a few other pages to convert next, but not too many.

    1. Very sad news. fortunately he left us so many series, so many books to reread and enjoy he sure won’t be forgotten. Augie, if you don’t feel like doing the Lucky Luke agenda, you could do the Bluecoats instead 😉

  2. Did you know that Lucky Luke writer Julien Berjeaut AKA: Jul was one of the writers considered to be the official Asterix writer before Jean-Yves Ferri was chosen by Albert Uderzo when he retired in 2011 at the ripe old age of 84 years old?