Albert Uderzo

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Albert Uderzo [ alˈbɛːʁ ydɛʁˈzo ] (born April 25, 1927 as Alberto Aleandro Uderzo in Fismes ; † March 24, 2020 in Neuilly-sur-Seine ) was a French draftsman . He became known as an illustrator and co-author of the Asterix comic series, first published in 1959 .


Uderzo grew up near Reims , the son of Italian immigrants who received French citizenship in 1934 . He was born with six fingers on each hand, which was surgically fixed.

Even in kindergarten he showed a pronounced talent for drawing. With guidance from Edmond-François Calvo , for example , inspired by the characters of Walt Disney , he learned the tools of a comic book artist , sometimes self-taught . When he was ten, he started sketching figures with big noses. In 1941 he found a job as a draftsman at a publishing house in Paris. Due to the lack of food in Paris during the German occupation, however, he went to Brittany for three years , where his older brother Bruno worked as a driver and mechanic. After the war he returned to Paris. At the age of eighteen, he entered an animation studio there. He only stayed in this studio for a year. He then worked as a comic artist for a magazine. He published his first works from 1948 to 1954 with Jean-Michel Charlier as the writer of the comic book Belloy, Knight Without Armor . Mick Tanguy's first eight stories were also written together with Charlier in the 1960s .

In April 1950, the Franco-Belgian comic magazine Bravo published stories of Captain Marvel Jr. , drawn by Albert Uderzo. The rights to the stories are now owned by DC Comics .

In 1951, Uderzo and René Goscinny met , who also drew comics but was above all a talented story writer. Goscinny now wrote stories that Uderzo illustrated. Together they produced several series:

Albert Uderzo (1973)

Her greatest success was Asterix , first published in the Pilote magazine from 1959 to 1974 , then as an album by Dargaud until 1978 , then by her own publishing house. From 1966 to 1979 Uderzo was supported in drawing by his brother Marcel . In the 1980s, Ehapa-Verlag published the Uderzo Collection . The aim of this edition was to publish the entire youth work of Albert Uderzo in German for the first time. In 1974, Goscinny and Uderzo founded their animation film studio idefix in Paris , where they produced Asterix conquers Rome and the Lucky Luke cartoon Lucky Luke - His greatest trick . In 1978 the film studio had to be closed due to the poor order situation.

Since Goscinny's death in 1977, Uderzo has produced the Asterix adventures alone. In October 1979 he founded the company Les Éditions Albert René in Paris, which from then on acted as publisher of Asterix . Goscinny's widow authorized Uderzo to continue the series alone; the Goscinny family had a 20 percent stake. After years of legal dispute with Dargaud, the rights to all previous issues have now been transferred to the Hachette Livre publishing house , which publishes Asterix in France.

In 1980, the first Asterix volume, Der große Graben , created only by Uderzo, appeared there . Despite continued commercial success, the quality of the new albums compared to those written by Goscinny has been criticized repeatedly. In 2008, Uderzo and Goscinny's daughter sold his shares in Éditions Albert René to Hachette. In doing so he had largely withdrawn from the entrepreneurial responsibility for marketing Asterix , but also enabled his successor, the comic artist Didier Conrad , to illustrate the next Asterix volumes. Only Uderzo's daughter still holds shares in the edition.

In 1999 he won the special Prix ​​du Millénaire at the Festival International de la Bande Dessinée d'Angoulême . In June 2004, Uderzo was awarded the Max and Moritz Prize for his life's work at the 11th International Comic Salon in Erlangen .

In 2012 Asterix announced a change in drawing authorship , also because Uderzo now suffered from osteoarthritis and could no longer draw much. In January 2015, at the age of 87, Uderzo drew a tribute to the attack on Charlie Hebdo and published a picture of the bowing Asterix and Obelix with Idefix. He also published a second drawing in which Asterix is ​​handing out a punch to an Arab. Uderzo knew the draftsman Cabu, who was killed in the assassination, very well. Uderzo had red-green poor eyesight . However, according to his own statements, he coped well with this limitation. That's why he used to work with numbered tubes of paint.

Uderzo was an avid collector of Ferraris.

Uderzo was married to Ada Milani on September 5, 1953 and has a daughter with her. He died of a heart attack on March 24, 2020 at the age of 92 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, a suburb of Paris .


On May 26, 2020 the auction house Artcurial sold 4 drawings for Asterix and Obelix volumes by Uderzo for 390,000 euros. The proceeds will go to a foundation that supports Parisian hospitals and medical staff. Uderzo's survivors wanted to pay tribute to the work of the hospital staff in the Covid 19 crisis .


Albert Uderzo, 2005


Web links

Commons : Albert Uderzo  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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  9. Interview with Martin Scholz, in: Welt am Sonntag, April 23, 2017, p. 8.
  10. Biography of Albert Uderzo on lambiek (English)
  11. Asterix Co-Creator Uderzo's Early Work To Be Collected, Including Captain Marvel, Before He Is Angoulême Guest Of Honor (English)
  12. Uderzo in Bravo (French)
  13. " Conflits d'interès dans une BD en or " L'Express , December 21, 1995, last accessed June 3, 2015.
  14. Stefan Pannor: New Asterix Band: Much Nothing About Noise . Spiegel Online . October 14, 2005. Accessed on November 8, 2012: "How one shouldn't equate the brute humorist Uderzo with the subtle Goscinny, on whose tremendous flair for punch lines a large part of Asterix 's global success is based."
  15. Carsten Scheibe: Asterix Volume 33: Gaul is really in danger . Stern (magazine) . October 16, 2005. Retrieved November 8, 2012: "Uderzo is a brilliant draftsman, but a bad storyteller."
  16. ^ Numa Sadoul: Astérix et Cie: Entretiens avec Albert Uderzo . Hachette Jeunesse, 2001, ISBN 978-2-01-210110-4 .
  17. ^ L'Histoire du festival, édition par édition - 1999 ( French ) FIBD . 2009. Archived from the original on November 1, 2012. Retrieved on November 8, 2012.
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  19. ^ "Charlie Hebdo": Asterix and Obelix bow. In: Retrieved January 9, 2015 .
  20. Interview with Martin Scholz, in: Welt am Sonntag, April 23, 2017, p. 8.
  21. Interview with Martin Scholz, in: Welt am Sonntag, April 23, 2017, p. 8.
  22. Archive link ( Memento from March 4, 2014 in the Internet Archive )
  23. Asterix inventor and Ferrari collector on auto motor und sport
  24. ^ Albert Uderzo, l'un des pères d '"Astérix", est mort'. In: Le Monde. March 24, 2020, accessed on March 24, 2020 (French).
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