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Asterix and Cleopatra

March 3, 2016

Reblogging this because the boy had to go to school as Obelix the Gaul today. Apparently. #WorldBookDay

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“My dear old Getafix, I hope I find you well”

“An Alexandrine!”

I am morally certain that I did not get this joke when I first read it as a child.

I am slowly purchasing Asterix books for the boy, rereading them at the same time, just to be a good parent and make sure they’re suitable.

The mid 1960s were a great time for Cleopatra narratives – what with the Liz Taylor movie that cost more than the Crimean War to realise – followed by the Carry On team creeping in to use their sets after Hollywood had finished with them – to create their own camp classic – and then Goscinny and Udurzo playing with their own version of “epic”.

Goscinny and Udurzo puffed their own sublime sense of vision by proudly declaring Asterix and Cleopatra to be “The greatest story ever drawn. 14 litres of india ink, 30 brushes, 62 soft…

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