Albert Uderzo Albert Uderzo

“The master.” “A genius.” “My gateway drug to beautiful European comics.”

The death of Albert Uderzo, aged 92, has prompted an outpouring of tributes, both verbal and visual. The French illustrator and writer, who suffered a heart attack in his sleep, commanded a huge influence in France and Europe — and a cult following elsewhere — through his work on Asterix.

Uderzo co-created the comic about plucky Gaulish warriors with writer René Goscinny in 1959, and illustrated it for half a century. He also took over writing duties after Goscinny’s death in 1977. The series has sold more than 380 million copies in over 100 languages, and spawned a franchise that continues to produce animated films to this day. Uderzo also worked on plenty of other projects besides.

Artists and writers have taken to social media to honor the man. Here is a selection of tributes:

Rafael Albuquerque, comic book artist (American Vampire):

Mark Millar, comic book writer (Kick-Ass):

Riad Satouf, comic book artist (The Arab of the Future):

Enrico Marini, comic book artist (The Scorpion):

Zep, comic book artist (Titeuf):

Jochen Gerner, comic book artist:

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Benjamin Lacombe, author and illustrator:

Journalist Oliver Kamm, whose mother Anthea Bell famously translated the Asterix books into English:

Chris Addison, comedian:

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