Release of the 34th Asterix album to celebrate the character’s 50th anniversary

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Lagardère Publishing

Paris, October 22, 2009

Cover Asterix 50th birthday 

On 22 October, Albert René Editions will release the 34th Asterix album to celebrate the character’s 50th anniversary.

The album titled L’Anniversaire d’Astérix et Obélix – Le Livre d’or (Asterix & Obelix’s birthday: the Golden Book) is being released simultaneously in 15 countries with a print run of 3.3 million copies (including 1.1 million in France).

More than 325 million albums have been sold since the character’s creation, with translations into 107 languages and dialects!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asterix timeline

  • 22 October 2009
    Release of L’Anniversaire d’Astérix et Obélix – Le Livre d’or (Asterix & Obelix’s birthday: the Golden Book)
  • June 2006
    Release of the movie Astérix aux Jeux olympiques (Asterix at the Olympic Games), directed by Frederic Forestier and Thomas Langmann, which drew 16 million spectators in Europe.
  • April 2006
    Release of the animated film Astérix et les Vikings (Asterix and the Vikings).
  • 14 October 2005
    Publication of the 33rd Asterix album, Le ciel lui tombe sur la tête (Asterix and the falling sky); 8 million copies sold in Europe.
  • January 2002
    Release of the movie Astérix et Obélix: mission Cléopâtre (Asterix & Obelix: mission Cleopatra), directed by Alain Chabat, which drew 23 million spectators in Europe.
  • February 1999
    Release of the feature-length film Astérix et Obélix contre César (Asterix & Obélix take on Caesar), directed by Claude Zidi; 20 million spectators in Europe.
  • Spring of 1989
    The Asterix theme park opens in the French town of Plailly in the Picardy region; it drew nearly 2 million visitors in 2008.
  • 1980
    Release of Le Grand fossé (Asterix and the Great Divide), Uderzo’s first solo album (1.7 million copies).
  • 1977
    Death of René Goscinny.
  • 1965
    Astérix et Cléopâtre (Asterix and Cleopatra); 100,000 copies. First foreign translations.
  • 1961
    Release of the first album, Astérix le Gaulois (Asterix the Gaul), with a print run of 6,000 copies.
  • 1959
    The creation of Asterix.

 

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Les Editions Albert René - Florence Richaud - 33 6 32 55 87 12 - florence.richaud@editions.albert-rene.com

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