A statue of French comic book legend Rene Goscinny, the creator of Asterix and the cowboy Lucky Luke, was unveiled in Paris Thursday and here’s a few details from France 24’s website…
The life-sized bronze of the writer close to his former home features him holding some of his most famous creations, including Asterix, the plucky Gaul who refused to capitulate to Julius Caesar and his legions.
Goscinny, who died of a brain haemorrhage at 51 in 1977, stands on a bookcase plinth that contains some of his best-loved works.
The statue is the first ever in the French capital to a comics creator.
Graphic novels both for adults and children have a huge readership in France and neighbouring Belgium, with Goscinny and his illustrator Alberto Uderzo — now 92 — regarded as gods of the genre.
Catchphrases like Asterix’s “By Toutatis!” — an expression of surprise which references a real Gallic deity — have become part of comic book history.
The “Asterix” and “Lucky Luke” books are still huge bestseller across Europe, with new writers and illustrators creating stories.
The latest “Asterix” adventure, “The Daughter of Vercingetorix”, has sold more than 1.5 million copies in France alone in two months.
Goscinny, who grew up in poverty before falling into the magic potion of comics after serving in the French army at the end of World War II, already has a street named after him in Paris close to France’s National Library.
The French Ministry of Culture has declared that 2020 is the “Year of the Graphic Novel”.