French comics icon Asterix the Gaul turns 50 today.
"This success was not expected at all. Even in France the success was not expected. We were pleased to discover the international appeal, firstly in Germany, which compared with that in France," says Uderzo. "We were reassured because we had been told that Asterix in a way excused General de Gaulle and moreover that it only tickled the French, which was not what we wished. We were somewhat reassured when it became a success in other countries."
Around the same time I was introduced to Tintin in the pages of Children's Digest in the early-to-mid-1970s, I first read the adventures of the Roman-fighting, world-traveling Gauls Asterix and Obelix in Asterix and Cleopatra.