List of Asterix volumes
This is a list of all Asterix volumes, including the 37 official albums and various tie-ins.
All original French publishing dates and volume numbers are shown. Other translation publishing dates and volume numbering may differ.
Goscinny and Uderzo
|Volume Number||Year Published||English Title||French Title||Main Setting||Plot|
|1||1961||Asterix the Gaul||Astérix le Gaulois||Asterix's village and Roman camp Compendium (no travel)||The Romans discover the secret of the Gauls' strength is the magic potion brewed by the druid Getafix, so they capture him and attempt to get the recipe out of him. It is up to Asterix and his wits to save Getafix.|
|2||1962||Asterix and the Golden Sickle||La Serpe d'or||Lutetia (Paris)||Getafix's sickle breaks, so Asterix and Obelix volunteer to go to Lutetia to buy a new one. But there is a mysterious sickle shortage our heroes must get to the bottom of.|
|3||1963||Asterix and the Goths||Astérix et les Goths||Germany||The druid Getafix is captured by a tribe of Goths, and Asterix and Obelix must rescue him.|
|4||1964||Asterix the Gladiator||Astérix gladiateur||Rome||Odius Asparagus, the prefect of Gaul, captures Cacofonix and sends him as a present to Caesar. Unimpressed by the bard, Caesar orders him to be thrown to the lions at the Circus Maximus. Asterix and Obelix hitchhike to Rome where they must become gladiators to rescue Cacofonix.|
|5||1965||Asterix and the Banquet||Le Tour de Gaule d'Astérix||Various French cities||Unsuccessful at conquering the village, the Romans decide to isolate it by building a stockade. To remove it, Asterix strikes a bet with the Romans that he and Obelix can travel throughout Gaul and back to the village with various Gaulish delicacies without the Romans being able to stop them. The route is a parallel to the modern Tour de France cycling event. In this adventure, Obelix gets his canine companion, Dogmatix.|
|6||1965||Asterix and Cleopatra||Astérix et Cléopâtre||Egypt||Caesar calls the Egyptians inferior to the Romans. Outraged, Cleopatra wagers that her people can build a grand monument in record time. Edifis, a bumbling, timid architect is asked to perform the miracle, and asks his old friend Getafix for help. Meanwhile, his rival and Caesar's agents attempt to sabotage the effort.|
|7||1966||Asterix and the Big Fight||Le combat des chefs||Asterix's village (no travel)||The Romans conspire with a Roman-friendly Gaulish village to declare a ritual winner-takes-all fight between village chiefs. A blow from one of Obelix's menhirs causes Getafix to lose his memory, leaving the Gauls without magic potion. The fight parodies professional boxing.|
|8||1966||Asterix in Britain||Astérix chez les Bretons||Britain||One small village in Britain still holds out against the Roman invaders. But with no magic potion, they need help, so Asterix's cousin Anticlimax comes to Gaul seeking aid.|
|9||1966||Asterix and the Normans||Astérix et les Normands||Asterix's village (no travel)||The Normans are fearless to the point of not even understanding the concept, so they travel to Gaul where they kidnap chief Vitalstatistix's cowardly visiting nephew Justforkix to teach them fear.|
|10||1967||Asterix the Legionary||Astérix légionnaire||Africa||Asterix and Obelix join the Roman Legion (in a parody of the French Foreign Legion) in an attempt to find the conscripted fiancé of Panacea, a villager on whom Obelix has a big crush. With an eclectic group of foreigners, they are sent to North Africa to fight the traitor Scipio.|
|11||1968||Asterix and the Chieftain's Shield||Le bouclier Arverne||Cities in southern France: Acqua Calidae (Vichy), Gergovia, Nemessos (Clermont-Ferrand)||After too many banquets, chief Vitalstatistix is forced to visit a spa in the Arvernian countryside to nurse his sore liver. Meanwhile, Caesar orders his men to search the area for the shield of Vercingetorix, regarded as a patriotic symbol by the Gauls.|
|12||1968||Asterix at the Olympic Games||Astérix aux Jeux Olympiques||Greece||To participate in the Olympic Games in Greece, the Gauls register themselves as Romans. When the officials declare the magic potion to be a form of illegal doping, Asterix turns to his native abilities to compete.|
|13||1969||Asterix and the Cauldron||Astérix et le chaudron||Condatum (Rennes)||Whosemoralsarelastix, chief of a nearby village, asks Vitalstatistix to hide his village's money to prevent the Romans from taking it. When the money is stolen under his watch, Asterix is banished until he can repay the money and recover his honour.|
|14||1969||Asterix in Spain||Astérix en Hispanie||Spain||Pepe, the young and obstinate son of a Spanish chieftain, is kidnapped by the Romans and sent to Gaul. Asterix and Obelix rescue him and escort him back to Spain.|
|15||1970||Asterix and the Roman Agent||La Zizanie||Asterix's village (no travel)||A troublemaker is brought to Caesar in Rome; he was to be executed in the Colosseum, but is so conniving that the lions ate each other instead. Caesar sends him to the Gaulish village in an attempt to destroy unity.|
|16||1970||Asterix in Switzerland||Astérix chez les Helvètes||Switzerland||A poisoned Roman tax inspector is given sanctuary in the Village. Asterix and Obelix are sent to Switzerland to recover a silver star flower, or edelweiss, which is needed to cure him.|
|17||1971||The Mansions of the Gods||Le Domaine des dieux||Asterix's village (no travel)||Caesar tries to dilute solidarity and weaken local customs in Gaul by creating a vacation resort near the Village. The villagers sabotage the plan, first by magically replanting trees at the building site, and by creating a slaves' union; later by being obnoxious neighbors to the resident Romans.|
|18||1972||Asterix and the Laurel Wreath||Les Lauriers de César||Rome||Thoroughly chagrined by his obnoxious brother-in-law, Vitalstatistix gets drunk and boasts he will create a dish seasoned with Caesar's laurel wreath. He orders Asterix and Obelix travel to Rome to retrieve it.|
|19||1972||Asterix and the Soothsayer||Le Devin||Asterix's village (no travel)||In the absence of Getafix, a fraudulent seer seeks shelter in the Village during a storm. Camped in the forest, he makes predictions the villagers want to hear and asks them to provide items (food, alcohol and money) from which to "read" the future. He is later captured by the Romans and ordered to convince the Gauls to abandon their village. Only Asterix remains skeptical.|
|20||1973||Asterix in Corsica||Astérix en Corse||Corsica||As part of celebrations of the anniversary of Vercingetorix's victory at the Battle of Gergovia, the Gauls and their friends raid one of the nearby Roman camps. A stoic and composed prisoner is discovered, who reveals himself as Boneywasawarriorwayayix, a tribal leader from Corsica. Asterix and Obelix accompany him back to Corsica, to unite the quarrelling tribes against the Romans.|
|21||1974||Asterix and Caesar's Gift||Le Cadeau de César||Asterix's village||At the end of their career, legionaries are granted plots of land in Roman colonies for retirement. A perpetually inebriated soldier is given the Village, by Caesar's hand, which he promptly sells to an innkeeper for wine. The innkeeper sells his property and attempts to claim the village as his own. Upon discovering his ownership is void, he is pushed by his dominant wife to campaign to be elected chief, causing rivalries throughout the village. To complicate matter, the soldier arrives and asks the local legions' aid in reclaiming his village, since he didn't get enough wine for it.|
|22||1975||Asterix and the Great Crossing||La Grande traversée||North America and Denmark||Brewing the magic potion requires fresh fish, and Unhygienix has none since he imports them from Lutetia (Paris) (despite living by the sea). Asterix and Obelix set sail to catch fish, but become lost and end up on the other side of the ocean, discovering a New World, where they eventually become a legend to the Native American populace. Soon afterwards, a Viking explorer discovers America, and captures the first natives he finds (i.e. Asterix and Obelix) and brings them home. A running joke in this comic is that none of the races are able to understand one another, the Vikings speaking with Scandinavian vowels that the Gauls are unable to duplicate, but that their dogs are able to communicate perfectly.|
|23*||1976||Asterix Conquers Rome||Les 12 Travaux D'Asterix||various locations||To prove to his critics that the Gauls are mere mortals, Julius Caesar challenges the village to perform twelve tasks that only gods could perform, similar to the twelve tasks of Hercules. If they succeed, he will admit defeat and let them become the rulers of Rome, but if they fail, they will become his slaves. The challenge is accepted and Asterix and Obelix are chosen to represent the village, eventually succeeding in all tasks. (This comic book, published in 1976, is an adaptation of the animated film The Twelve Tasks of Asterix. The artwork is thought to be by Uderzo's brother Marcel. It has rarely been printed and usually excluded from the canonical list of Asterix volumes.)|
|23||1976||Obelix and Co.||Obélix et Compagnie||Asterix's village (no travel)||Caesar sends one of his advisors to the Gaulish village, in an effort to make them rich, decadent and utterly dependent on Rome. He starts by buying menhirs at ever-increasing prices, thus persuading most of the village to make useless menhirs, and in turn employing other villagers to hunt for their food. The plan goes awry when Caesar's treasury proves insufficient to fund the menhirs, and a campaign to sell them in Rome fails because of competition from Egyptian menhirs and slave-made Roman menhirs.|
|24||1979||Asterix in Belgium||Astérix chez les Belges||Belgium||When Vitalstatistix hears that Caesar has said the Belgians are the bravest of all the Gaulish peoples he heads to Belgium in a huff to show the world that his Armoricans are really the best.|
|32||2003||Asterix and the Class Act||Astérix et la rentrée gauloise||Most stories take place in Asterix's village||A collection of several short stories, including an experiment at different drawing and storytelling styles. Most stories are written by Goscinny.|
|34||2009||Asterix and Obelix's Birthday: The Golden Book||L'Anniversaire d'Astérix et Obélix- le Livre d'Or||Several short stories, including some written by Goscinny.|
After the death of Goscinny, Uderzo continued the series by himself, writing his own stories on subjects such as feminism and aliens, with travels to India and Atlantis. These newer books are often criticised for lacking Goscinny's humour and writing style, and some fans consider the series ended with Asterix in Belgium. However, sales figures have shown no indication of diminished popularity.
|Volume Number||Year Published||English Title||French Title||Setting||Plot|
|25||1980||Asterix and the Great Divide||Le Grand fossé||A fictional Gaulish village||Asterix and Obelix visit a village split in half by its rival chiefs. However, one chief's son and the other's daughter are in love, and together with Asterix and Obelix, they reunite the village. The dividing chasm is an allusion to the Berlin Wall, while the star-crossed lovers plot recalls Romeo and Juliet.|
|26||1981||Asterix and the Black Gold||L'Odyssée d'Astérix||The Middle East, Jerusalem||Getafix has run out of rock oil and sends Asterix and Obelix to Mesopotamia in search of it. They are accompanied by a Gaulish-Roman druid called Dubbelosix, who is really a double agent seeking to foul their mission. Includes a tribute to Goscinny, who was Jewish.|
|27||1983||Asterix and Son||Le Fils d'Astérix||Asterix's village (no travel)||A baby boy mysteriously turns up at Asterix's doorstep. No one in the village knows who he is, so Asterix is forced to be his adoptive father. Meanwhile, Roman legions led by Brutus are after the baby, who is actually Caesar's full-blooded son, Caesarion.|
|28||1987||Asterix and the Magic Carpet||Astérix chez Rahazade||India||A fakir from far-away India travels to Asterix's village and asks Cacofonix to save his land from drought since his singing can cause rain. Cacofonix, accompanied by Asterix and Obelix, must travel to India aboard a magic carpet to save the life of the princess Orinjade, who is to be sacrificed to stop the drought.|
|29||1991||Asterix and the Secret Weapon||La Rose et le glaive||Asterix's village (no travel)||A feminist satire in which a female bard called Bravura replaces Cacofonix as school teacher and "liberates" the village women, causing the men to leave and live in the forest. Caesar secretly sends a battalion of female legionaries to conquer the village, having heard the Gauls will not strike a woman. The men and woman have to settle their differences to overcome this threat.|
|30||1996||Asterix and Obelix All at Sea||La Galère d'Obélix||Atlantis||Left alone in Getafix's hut, Obelix drinks a cauldron of magic potion. He first turns to stone, then into a small boy. Meanwhile, a group of men have escaped from Roman slavery on board a ship. Together, they travel to Atlantis, hoping to make Obelix a grown man again.|
|31||2001||Asterix and the Actress||Astérix et Latraviata||Asterix's village (no travel)||A Roman actress poses as Panacea in order to steal back a fancy sword/scabbard and helmet belonging to Pompey, which Asterix and Obelix received for their shared birthday.|
|33||2005||Asterix and the Falling Sky||Le ciel lui tombe sur la tête||Asterix's village (no travel)||Rival aliens visit the Gaulish village in search of the Gaul's great weapon, which is "known throughout the universe". The aliens battle each other, and the magic potion later proves to have an unexpected side-effect on them.|
Jean-Yves Ferri and Didier Conrad
The series now is not written by Albert Uderzo, but rather by Jean-Yves Ferri and illustrated by Didier Conrad - the first time the story creating has been shared between two people since Goscinny's death in 1977.
|Volume Number||Year Published||English Title||French Title||Setting||Plot|
|35||2013||Asterix and the Picts||Astérix chez les Pictes||Scotland||When Asterix and Obelix rescue a mysterious Pict named MacAroon, they must journey to Caledonia, now Scotland, to return him to his lady love, Camomilla, the adopted daughter of the old king. However, the treacherous chieftain MacCabeus - with the help of the Romans - plans to marry her and claim the throne.|
|36||2015||Asterix and the Missing Scroll||Le Papyrus de César||Asterix's village (no travel)||Julius Caesar has written a history of his campaigns in Gaul. His publisher, Libellus Blockbustus, advises him to cut a chapter detailing his defeats by the indomitable Gauls. A stolen copy of the censored chapter ends up with the Gauls, who take measures to ensure it will be remembered for future generations.|
|37||2017||Asterix and the Chariot Race||Astérix et la Transitalique||Italian Peninsula||Obelix decides to join a chariot race across the Italian Peninsula, accompanied by Asterix and Dogmatix. The race takes them to Venexia, Florencia, Neapolis, Sena Julia and other locations.|
The storyline in a volume is typically 44 pages long; the exceptions are Asterix and the Goths, which is 43 pages, Asterix Conquers Rome, which is 28 pages; and Asterix and the Class Act and Asterix and Obelix's Birthday: The Golden Book, both of which are collections of short stories.
In the mid-1980s a series of illustrated text stories appeared, with some original art, but mostly taken and modified from existing albums. These were 26 pages in a smaller format than the normal albums with large print. They are aimed at a younger audience and were not enthusiastically received; translation into other languages was spotty.
- 1984 – Les Pirates (The Pirates)
- 1985 – L'illustrissime Belcantus (The Illustrious Belacantus)
- 1985 – L'abominable horrifix (The Dreadful Horrifix)
- 1985 – Jericocorix (The Jericocorix)
- 1986 – La course de chars (The Great Chariot Race)
- 1986 – Le feu de pommes (The Apple Cider)
- 1986 – Marmaille et pagaille (Kids and Chaos)
- 1986 – L'eau du ciel (Water from Heaven)
In 1989 a final illustrated story appeared. The story was by Goscinny (in 1965) with new, original art by Uderzo. It was 32 pages and appeared in the larger format used for the regular albums. It was the only one that was published in English:
- 1989 – Comment Obelix est tombe dans la marmite du druide quand il etait petit (How Obelix Fell into the Magic Potion When he was a Little Boy)
Also in 1989–90 the first eight illustrated stories were reprinted in some locales as four books, each containing two of the original stories.
- 1999 – Le livre d' Asterix le Gaulois
In 2007, Editions Albert René published Astérix et ses Amis (Asterix and friends), a collection of short Asterix stories written and drawn by, and in the distinctive styles of, a number of cartoonists other than Uderzo. The book was dedicated to Uderzo on the occasion of his 80th birthday and carries a foreword by Sylvie, his daughter.
Asterix films not based closely on a single book have had film books released in a format similar to the original albums, but with scenes from the films and a written story. Fans don't consider them as truly part of the canon.
- 1976 – The Twelve Tasks of Asterix (Les douze travaux d'Astérix)
- 1985 – Asterix Versus Caesar (Astérix et la surprise de César)
- 1989 – Operation Getafix (Astérix et le coup du menhir)
- 1994 – Asterix Conquers America (Astérix et les indiens)
- 2006 – Asterix and the Vikings (Astérix et les Vikings)
- "Asterix the Gaul adventures Vol. 25 - Asterix and the Great Divide". Asterix The Official Website. LES ÉDITIONS ALBERT RENÉ. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
- Asterix.co.nz Archived 2008-09-17 at the Wayback Machine. – “…the 44 pages of the normal Asterix comics.”
- Asterix NZ: Take a look Inside– Information on all the 33 Asterix books