Asterix the Gaul co-creator draws an end to France’s comic hero

Albert Uderzo gets pragmatix, hanging up his pen at 84 for younger illustrators to carry on the legacy

Reuters in Paris

Asterix and Obelisk

Asterix and Obelix, the comic book stars who have sold 350m books worldwide, will no longer be drawn by co-creator Albert Uderzo. Photograph: Allstar/UA/Sportsphoto

Albert Uderzo, co-creator of Asterix the Gaul, is hanging up his pen at the age of 84.

But it is not the end of one of France’s greatest comic book heroes – Uderzo has found several successors to carry on his legacy.

The Italian-born artist, who dreamed up the indomitable warrior with his scriptwriter friend René Goscinny in 1959, said he was "a bit tired" after 52 years of drawing and that it was time to hand over his creation to younger talent.

The announcement on Tuesday came on the day that publishing house Hachette celebrated the sale of 350m Asterix books around the world, making the diminutive hero one of France’s biggest-selling exports.

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