Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Goscinny and Uderzo

French writer Réné Goscinny (1928-1977) and Italian artist Albert Uderzo (1927-    ), creators of Asterix the Gaul and other Comics characters.

Goscinny's early jobs included work for Mad Magazine in the early 1950s; here he met the cartoonist Morris (real name Maurice de Bevère; 1923-2001), with whom he began providing scripts for Lucky Luke in France. He became a prolific scriptwriter for the magazines Tintin and Spirou, and in 1959 cofounded the comic weekly Pilote, in the first issue of which, with Uderzo, he created Asterix. He was for many years the highest-paid comics writer in France, receiving several awards and honours including Chevalier of Arts and Letters in 1967.

Uderzo spent most of his life in France. He showed an early talent for drawing. In 1945 he moved to Paris to become one of the first cartoonists on the comic weekly OK, for which he created, among other features, Aris Buck, a tale about an invincible Gaul – clearly a forerunner of Asterix. He became an advertising artist in the early 1950s, but meanwhile created many short-lived comics features. In the early issues of Pilote he drew two series: Asterix and the Air Force strip Michel Tanguy, the latter written by the creator of Blueberry, Jean-Michel Charlier (1924-1989). After the death of Goscinny, Uderzo also wrote some scripts. [RT]

Goscinny And Uderzo

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