Asterix and the Golden Sickle

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Asterix and the Golden Sickle
(La serpe d'or)
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Cover of the English edition
Date 1962
Main characters Asterix and Obelix
Series Asterix
Publisher Dargaud
Creative team
Writers René Goscinny
Artists Albert Uderzo
Original publication
Published in Pilote magazine
Issues 42–74
Date of publication 11 August 1960–1961
Language French
Translation
Publisher Brockhampton Press
Date 1975
Translator Anthea Bell and Derek Hockridge
Chronology
Preceded by Asterix the Gaul
Followed by Asterix and the Goths

Asterix and the Golden Sickle (French: La serpe d'or, "The Golden Sickle") is the second volume of the Asterix comic book series, by René Goscinny (stories) and Albert Uderzo (illustrations). It was first serialized in Pilote magazine issues 42–74 in 1960.

Plot summary[edit]

Disaster strikes in the Gaulish village when Getafix the druid breaks his golden sickle, as without one, he cannot attend the annual conference of druids, or cut mistletoe for the magic potion which keeps the Roman army at bay. Asterix and Obelix set out for Lutetia (present-day Paris) to buy a new sickle from Obelix's distant cousin, the sicklesmith Metallurgix. On the way there, they encounter bandits, but easily defeat them, and learn from a fellow-traveller that "sickles are in short supply in Lutetia". In the city, they find Metallurgix is missing and make inquiries at a local inn, but the landlord professes to know nothing. He later gives a description of Asterix and Obelix to the devious Clovogarlix, who in turn directs them to his superior Navishtrix, who tries to sell them a sickle at an exorbitant price. They refuse, and defeat Navishtrix and his followers, only to be arrested by a Roman patrol. They are released by the Prefect of Lutetia, Surplus Dairyprodus, and learn from a Centurion that Metallurgix may have been kidnapped by sickle traffickers. From a drunkard imprisoned by Dairyprodus, they learn Navishtrix has a hideout at a portal dolmen in the Boulogne forest. In Navishtrix's underground store-room, Asterix and Obelix find a hoard of golden sickles, but are attacked by Clovogarlix, Navishtrix and their minions. Upon defeat, Navishtrix escapes, and Asterix and Obelix follow him to Surplus Dairyprodus, who confesses to having sponsored the illegal sickle monopoly for his own amusement. The Centurion releases Metallurgix and imprisons Dairyprodus and Navishtrix; whereafter Metallurgix gratefully gives Asterix and Obelix the best of his sickles. With this, they return to their village and celebrate their achievement.

Commentary[edit]

  • The world-weary Prefect of Lutetia is a caricature of actor Charles Laughton, who was known for playing Roman statesmen.[1]
  • Fans have noted that due to an apparent error by Uderzo, the final pages from page 36 onward are drawn with smaller panels in comic strip format, resulting in larger margins on those pages in the printed book.[2]
  • "The great ox-cart race, the Suindinum 24 hours" is a reference to France's 24 Hours of Le Mans sports car race. Suindinum is the old name of Le Mans.[3] One of the competitors in the race is a caricature of French cartoonist Jean Graton.[4]

Feature film[edit]

An animated feature film of Asterix and the Golden Sickle was produced by Dargaud Productions, which had also made a film based on the first book, Asterix the Gaul, unbeknown to the authors. Goscinny and Uderzo reluctantly accepted the first film, but they firmly rejected the second, which was scrapped and never released.[5]

In other languages[edit]

  • Arabic: أستريكس والمنجل الذهبي
  • Bengali: 'এসটেরিক্স ও সোনার কাস্তে
  • Bulgarian: Златният сърп
  • Catalan: La falç d'or
  • Croatian: Asteriks i Zlatni srp
  • Czech: Asterix a Zlatý srp
  • Danish: Asterix og trylledrikken
  • Dutch: Asterix en het gouden snoeimes
  • Estonian: Asterix ja Kuldsirp
  • Finnish: Kultainen sirppi
  • French: La Serpe d'or
  • West Frisian: De gouden sichte
  • German: Die goldene Sichel
  • Greek: Το χρυσό δρεπάνι
  • Hungarian: Az aranysarló
  • Indonesian: Asterix dan Sabit Emas
  • Italian: Asterix e il falcetto d'oro
  • Latvian: Asteriks un zelta sirpis
  • Norwegian: Asterix og styrkedråpene
  • Polish: Złoty sierp
  • Portuguese: Asterix e a Foice de Ouro
  • Romanian: Asterix si Cosorul de Aur
  • Scots: Asterix and the Gowden Heuk
  • Serbian: Астерикс и златни срп
  • Slovak: Asterix a zlatý kosák
  • Spanish: La hoz de oro
  • Swedish: Asterix och guldskäran
  • Turkish: Asteriks Altın orak
  • 한국어 : 아스테릭스, 황금낫을 찾아랏!

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Surplus Dairiprodus". Asterix The Official Website. LES ÉDITIONS ALBERT RENÉ. Retrieved 23 December 2017. 
  2. ^ "Asterix, tome 2 : La serpe d'Or". Coin BD. Coin BD. Retrieved 23 December 2017. 
  3. ^ Matthew Screech (2005). Masters of the Ninth Art: Bandes Dessinées and Franco-Belgian Identity. Liverpool University Press. pp. 79–. ISBN 978-0-85323-938-3. 
  4. ^ "2. Asterix and the Golden Sickle". Asterix Around the World. HJH & SLLS. Retrieved 23 December 2017. 
  5. ^ "Asterix the Gaul adventures Vol. 2 - Asterix and the Golden Sickle". Asterix The Official Website. LES ÉDITIONS ALBERT RENÉ. Retrieved 23 December 2017.