Asterix Co-Creator Uderzo Memorialized In Touching Sienkiewicz Art

Artist Bill Sienkiewicz drew and posted a moving tribute to Albert Uderzo, the co-creator of the comic strip Asterix, who passed away on March 24 at the age of 92 after suffering a heart attack.

Sienkiewicz posted the image on Twitter. It showcases Asterix’s two main protagonists, Asterix and Obelix, mourning on a landscape covered with the colors of a sunset as the image of Uderzo lies before them.

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Uderzo co-created Asterix with writer Rene Goscinny in 1959 after the two collaborated on another strip, Oumpah-pah. Uderzo took over writing duties on the strip from 2009 until he officially retired in September 2011.

Still a hit in France and worldwide, Asterix began life in the Franco-Belgian magazine Pilote. The comic follows the adventures of Asterix and Obelix, two warriors living around 50 BCE fighting to protect a village in Armorica (today the northwestern French province of Brittany), which has become the only place in all of Gaul (roughly modern-day France and Belgium) still free from the rule of the Roman Empire.

Asterix boasts 38 published collections with editions translated into more than 100 languages and dialects from Scottish Gaelic to Sinhalese. The comic has inspired 18 animated and live-action films, 31 video games and an amusement park in Plailly, France.

A fan of the Gallic resistance fighters, Sienkiewicz has shared his own take on the world of Asterix before. In 2015, Sienkiewicz drew a portrait that is a simultaneous homage toward Asterix and Frank Frazetta, who drew covers for the paperback editions of Robert E. Howard’s original Conan the Barbarian novels.

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Bill Sienkiewicz shared his own artistic tribute to recently deceased Asterix artist, writer and co-creator, Albert Uderzo.

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