In the French speaking parts of the world, Asterix le Gaulois comics are a force. Like our Mickey Mouse, the little cartoon character has inspired toys, games, food-snacks, movies and a theme park. The French even named their first satellite “Asterix.”
Written by Rene Goscinny and illustrated by Albert Uderzo, the 54-year-old comic book series depicts the adventures of Asterix and his super-sized pal Obelix, residents of a little village in ancient Gaul resisting Roman rule through the help of a magic potion which gives them super-human strength. Many times, the rebellious Asterix and his fellow villagers merely outwit their hapless occupiers.