Written by Rene Goscinny and illustrated by Albert Uderzo, Asterix Comics is a series of French comic books that was first published in the late 1950’s. However, after the death of Rene, Uderzo took up both the tasks and has played an instrumental role in raising the popularity of the books.
The main characters in the Asterix Comics are Asterix, a clever little Gaul, and his friend Obelix. The main plot is centered on their little Gaulish village that is the only one not under Roman conquest, much to the Chagrin of Julies Ceaser, the Roman Emperor.
The Gauls have so far managed to avoid occupation thanks mainly with the help of a magic potion made by their druid, Getafix. This magic potion gives each villager superhuman strength and only Obelix is the one who doesn’t need the potion as he fell into the potion cauldron as a child and hence it has a permanent effect on him.
Asterix Comics or The Adventures of Asterix and Obelix have been translated into more than 30 languages worldwide and have also received numerous awards along the years. I personally love the Asterix Comics for their amazing sense of humor and tongue-in-cheek interpretations of various people and events.
Tintin Comics or The Adventures of Tintin, created by the Belgian artist Georges Rémi who wrote under the pen name of Hergé, is a series of classic comic books that have gone on to become one of the most popular comic books of the 20th century. Its popularity has soared with translations published in more than 80 languages and as per Wikipedia, more than 350 million copies of the books have been sold to date.
The main protagonist of the comic books is Tintin who plays a young Belgian reporter. Accompanying him throughout the books and almost as famous as him is his pet dog Snowy. Also included in the books are some recurring characters that are essential to the story. Some of the major characters include the brash, cynical and grumpy Captain Haddock, the brilliantly intelligent but always-lost Professor Calculus. Inserting a dash of humor in the books with their clumsy antics is the twin duo of Thomson and Thompson, the incompetent detectives.
The Adventures of Tintinalways contained a few elements of fantasy, mystery and science fiction and the Tintin series are known for its slapstick humor and satire.