French comic book artist Albert Uderzo died March 24 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France at the age of 92 as a result of a heart attack. Son-in-law Bernard de Choisy said that Uderzo died in his sleep; adding that the death was not related to the Covid-19 virus.

Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo created the comic book character Asterix – a short man with a droopy mustache and wearing a winged helmet – and his friend the big bellied Obelix in the 1960’s. The duo lived in Gaul and fought Romans trying to conquer the area.

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Originally Uderzo was the illustrator with Goscinny taking on the writing duties; but after Goscinny’s death in 1977, Uderzo assumed both duties. There are dozens of Asterix comic books in the series and have been translated into numerous languages. The series has gone on to inspire theme parks, films, and television shows.

Alberto Aleandro Uderzo was born on April 25, 1927 in Fismes, France the son of an Italian immigrant. He became a French citizen when he was seven years old in 1934. Albert had an older brother who was also named Albert but he died when he was eight months old as a result of pneumonia.

Growing up outside Paris, a young Albert was fascinated with the character from Walt Disney; especially Mickey Mouse whom he used as inspiration for his own characters.

As well as his son-in-law; Uderzo is survived by his wife of over 60 years Ada, and daughter Sylvie.

 

 

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