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ASTERIX EL GALO (Asterix #1)

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When Roman Centurion Crismus Bonus finds out about Getafix’s magic potion, he kidnaps the druid to force him to reveal the recipe. So Asterix joins his friend in captivity and together they two plan to whip up a surprise with truly hair-raising effects.
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published 1986 by GRIJALBO MONDADORI, S.A. (first published 1959)
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Well, *have* you read all the Asterix books? It's a fair question. We've read these, but these aren't all. There are, in fact, at least 8 not identified here. Quick quiz Asterix fans - can you name them without resorting to internet memory? [image error]

I had the tremendous good fortune to find all but a few of the published volumes in one of our local libraries, and to be able to borrow the remainder of those I could not find from a friend who collects them. If you've yet to be introduced to th...more
You haven't met Asterix before? Shame on you. Don't you know that Asterix is so famous he becomes the French farmer facing down the Roman Mickey D's?

Yes, the story is simplstic, but all the things that make Asterix great are here. The punning names, the silly plot, the smart Gauls, the boars.

Great start to a great series.
Oh man. I grew up reading these. Facts gleaned from Asterix still probably constitute the majority of my admittedly scant knowledge of European geography and history. Vitalstatistix! Cacophonix! Whoever did the translations was a genius.
Eine haarige Angelegenheit
Manchmal fällt es einem Rezensenten schwer, die richtigen Worte zu finden. Mir geht das bei Büchern so, die ich schon so lange kenne, dass man denkt, alles wurde darüber schon gesagt - und die Astérix-Reihe ist so ein Fall. Wer kennt es nicht, wer hat es nicht schon als Kind gelesen? Was soll ich Euch also erzählen, was Ihr nicht eh schon wisst?

Auch wenn die Zeichnungen in den ersten paar Seiten noch etwas ungelenk wirken, ist der Charakter der Figuren schon voll ausgea...more
Manas Maity
Asterix the Gaul is the first book of a series that took comics to a new height. Since I have read it after enjoying a few others in the series, it is difficult to make an unbiased review of it. However, with the benefit of hindsight it may be said that the characters have 'arrived', but to be properly fleshed out and filled up. Particularly Obelix, who is quite slim, if not so thin. We are sure though that consuming more than one boars at at time, he has made a promising start towards his perso...more
One of my favourite comic series of all time. This series really increased my love of history. Like the Tintin reread I'm doing I will also endeavour to read all the Asterix books once again.

Unlike Tintin the early Asterix comics are much more accessible. There is no blatant racism. It's just a fun little adventure. The first book is just an introduction to the main characters and their abilities.

I can't wait to get through the rest of the series.
Jonatan Iversen-Ejve
Asterix is definitely one of my favorite comic book series of all time. I've only come to like the albums more as I grow older, and seeing as I reread them at least once a year I thought it only right that I take a shot at reviewing them as well. Keep in mind that I read the Swedish editions and might get a few names wrong. I'll try to stick to the English names as much as I can.

So, here goes. Asterix the Gaul is the very first album, and it shows. For me the whole thing always felt like some so...more
I read all the Asterix books multiple times when I was a kid & loved them to pieces. I think it's almost time for a fresh reread!
David Sarkies
The first Asterix album
14 April 2012

Now that I have the complete Tintin collection I decided that I would get my hands on the other comic book series that I liked as a child, which surprise, surprise, was Asterix. I am sure many of you already know the premise behind Asterix, but since this is the first of the albums I thought that I might run through it anyway. The story is set in 50BC after Julius Ceaser has conquered Gaul, or almost. There is one little village on the coast of Gaul that just...more
Wat 'n plesier om die avonture van Asterix in skitterende Afrikaans te kan lees! Dit is nogal sprekend dat dié dapper, hardekwas klein Galliër reeds 50 jaar gelede die eerste keer in boekvorm verskyn het, en nou weer in Afrikaans 'oorgeklank' word. Daar was jare gelede enkele Asterix-avonture in Afrikaans; nou het Protea die taak aangepak om die hele reeks te vertaal en beskikbaar te stel.

Die verhaal is seker bekend aan Asterix-aanhangers: die Romeine, wat onder Julius Caesar se leiding die hele...more
Muhammad Shakhawat Hossain
Okay, I'm not sure if I'm 'too grown up' for enjoying Asterix series but I didn't like the humours much. The plot was very linear and the storyline lacks complexity. All the villains are made too naive and downgraded in terms of their intelligence. The protagonists can subdue them very easily with their 'superior' intellect. At times things became too trivial. It basically occurred to me as an alternate world created from a hardcore French (or more accurately Gaulish) nationalist view where the...more
This is a funny story of the great(and funny, crazy)warrior Asterix, his friend Obelix,(and his dog Dogmatix)the druid getafix who brews magic potion. There is also an bard (with an annoyingly bad voice), Cacofonix. Cacofonix thinks he's a genious. It all takes place in Gaul,year B.C.50. In the story, a roman spy dressed up like an gaul comes to know the secret of their strength. The gauls think he is a real Gaul, and they invite him in! They also gives the Magic potion, too! But when they dance...more
Usama Albastaki
This is the first volume of Asterix series. It wasn't my introduction to the world of Asterix and Obelix but it could be a good introduction to someone who will start to read the series, despite that Obelix have minor role in this story. As with the other stories, Goscinny has shinned with beautiful story line and his magical touch of humor that makes you lough from the heart.

In general, Asterix and Obelix is representative of a people in a small village/country who keep the culture preserved fr...more
Karhum Ghassan
Asterix the Gaul is the first book of a series that took comics to another level. Since I have read it after enjoying others in the same series, it is difficult to make review of it. However,it may be said that the characters have 'arrived'.In particular Obelix, who is quite slender, if not so thin. I am sure that eating more than one boar at at time, he has made a promising start towards his personal fulfillment. The Romans are also immature and surrender rather 'immaturely'. Again, it may be s...more
Since I have always been a fan of the Asterix PEZ dispensors I knew I should probably read the graphic novel. I am so happy I did. I can see these working as a great read aloud for the fans of Bone. It is a smart comic about good guys, bad guys and kinda bad guys. I really got a good laugh and enjoyed seeing how the Gauls stayed out of trouble. Grades 3+
I have read i think all of them...and there is not one i liked less.....This series helped me though my exams to enter university....i would wake up in the morning read one intallment and then i would start studying....and i have re-read them like a thousand times....:)
Vasco Ribeiro
Leitura para recordar a juventude ... Estava à espera de mais, mas também este é o primeiro "episódio", é suposto que tenham acertado a mão e melhorado.
Resumo: Os Romanos intrigados pelo segredo da resistencia da pequena aldeia gaulesa pretendem descobrir a poção mágica. Para isso raptam o Druida Panomarix. Astérix, sózinho, vai resgatá-lo e ambos, pela astúcia e inteligência conseguem enganar os Romanos dando-lhes uma poção que aumenta os cabelos. Depois negoceiam a entrega de um antídoto, quan...more
With the exception of Mickey Mouse, this was my favorite comics series as a child and into young adulthood. I would love to get my hands on copies of these.
I thought that it was funny in a fair few parts. Glad I read this one first...little unlucky that the library doesn't have them all
Asterix was my favourite cartoon style picture book, we always couldnt wait to ge tthe next one from the library
Just started this series.. It's looking good
I don't often read graphic novels but the few I have read I have enjoyed. Some people do not consider graphic novels to be serious reading material and I can see their point but at the same time I think it is fun to read them from time to time and they sometimes have a surprising amount to offer.

The Asterix comic books are a good example of this. First published in France in 1959, there have been 34 books to date, the most recent written in 2009. There have also been 11 films (animated and other...more
Christopher Bunn
There's a bookshelf behind the piano at my parents' house full of almost every Asterix book (and Tintin book, for that matter). I grew up reading the Asterix books, over and over and over again. I started out in appreciate of the adventure and crazy characters. As my thinking progressed, I started appreciating the punnery as well. They're wonderful books, superbly drawn and written with wit and real affection for the art of story-telling.

I'm extremely selective about buying new books. It comes...more
Lady Knight
I know it's fairly unusual for a person of my age (early twenties) to have grown up with Asterix, but my mom was a fan of the "good old ones" and at an early age I read Asterix and Tintin side by side with Laura Ingalls Wilder, Enid Blyton, Heidi, and Nancy Drew. Rereading this now I find that the magic is still there for me... if not grown a little because I actually catch on to the puns in the names, understand mroe of Roman and Gaulish history, and after taking French Immersion in school for...more
Asterix the Gaul is the first volume in the Asterix comic book series. It is set in occupied Gaul and focuses on a village that is holding out against the Romans. The story’s protagonist is Asterix, a Gaulish warrior who, thanks to the magic potion provided by his druid friend Getafix, fights single handedly against Roman centurions. His best friend is Obelix, a Gaulish warrior who has superhuman strengths as a result of falling into Getafix’s magic potion as a baby. In this adventure, Asterix h...more
Neville Ridley-smith
The first Asterix book is really quite remarkable, it deserves 5 stars. So much of what I associate with Asterix is already fully formed and developed straight out of the gate including the humour, style, characters, situations and some of the funniest bits out of all the Asterix books. Memorable stuff like the strawberries and the hair-growing potion. The first page is a bit rough but is understandable considering this was serialised.

One revolutionary aspect for it's time was it's targeting of...more
Huw Evans
The original, from 1959 in French, and 1961 in English introduce us to Asterix and Obelix and the village of indomitable Gauls. Asterix is small, cunning and fortified by a magic potion that makes him invincible, Obelix doesn't need any because he fell into the cauldron when he was a baby and has preternatural strength as a result. The poor Romans know what it is that they are facing and it pleases them not a lot. The result is pun ridden, visual mayhem as A+O cut swathes through the legionnarie...more
Tim Roast
This is the first Asterisk novel, thus it introduces many of the themes that follow in the following 30-odd books: the premise of a Gaulish village resisting against the might of the Roman army; the Romans getting a good biffing from those villagers whenever they attempt to take it; Asterix's craftiness; the magic potion as produced by the druid, Getafix, that gives those who drink it great strength; Obelix who has permanently high levels of strength due to falling into the potion as a boy and h...more
Vanja Antonijevic

A heavily flawed introduction into my favorite childhood comic series. The plot outline is as follows, according to Wikipedia:

"Centurion Crismus Bonus, keen to discover the secret of the Gauls' superhuman strength, sends a spy into the village. The Roman's identity is revealed when he loses his false moustache, but he discovers the existence of the magic potion brewed by the Druid Getafix. With that potion, Crismus Bonus believes that he could overthrow Julius Caesar, and become Emperor himself....more
Nina Ivanova
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One of the first comic books I read, and still a total favourite!

The art: the drawings of Uderzo are adorable. So very cute and so very French

The humor: there is something cute and funny on every page of the comics. There are some constant gigs and you always know that in the end the bard will be left tied up with something in the mouth, and the blacksmith and the fishmonger will be hitting eachother - but it's still always lots of fun!

But one of the g...more
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René Goscinny was a French author, editor and humorist, who is best known for the comic book Astérix, which he created with illustrator Albert Uderzo, and for his work on the comic series Lucky Luke with Morris (considered the series' golden age).

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