“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.