Tag: Goscinny

Iznogoud and the Magic Computer

Iznogoud and the Magic Computer by Goscinny; ill. Tabary (Cinebook, 2009) [from ‘Iznogoud et l’ordinateur magique’, 1970] Five pun-filled stories featuring the nefarious Iznogoud, oft-thwarted scourge of ancient Baghdad. Goscinny overdoes the wordplay and undercooks the characterisation while Tabary’s panels evoke a clutter, not a treasure trove, of detail. (Admittedly his camels and elephants make for comic haute cuisine.)  …

Asterix and the Laurel Wreath

Asterix and the Laurel Wreath by Goscinny & Uderzo; trans. Anthea Bell & Derek Hockridge (Orion, 1974); from Les Lauriers de César (Pilote, 1971) One of Goscinny’s more droll stories (a critique of Imperial Rome as witnessed when Asterix and Obelix sell themselves as slaves) done full justice by Uderzo’s distinctive illustration—exquisite attention to background detail coupled with colourful, caricatured…

Lucky Luke: Billy the Kid

Lucky Luke: Billy the Kid by Morris & Goscinny, trans. Luke Spear (Cinebook Ltd, 2006) [Original French language version published in Spirou magazine, 1962] Morris’ illustrations are as playful as ever but Goscinny’s script lacks the usual sparkle, overmuch being made of the central conceit (ie. that notorious outlaw Billy the Kid is an actual child) and in-story repetitions similar…

Asterix and the Missing Scroll

Asterix and the Missing Scroll by Jean-Yves Ferri; Ill. Didier Conrad; trans. Anthea Bell (Orion, 2015) Apart from somehow not packing quite as much into each story, the new Asterix adventures of Ferri and Conrad are superb in capturing the spirit of Goscinny and Uderzo. Our heroes must reinstate to posterity a chapter excised from Caesar’s Gallic memoirs.    

Lucky Luke: The Bounty Hunter

Lucky Luke: The Bounty Hunter by Morris & Goscinny, trans. Erica Jeffrey (Cinebook Ltd, 2010) [from Chasseur de primes, Dargaud Editeur Paris, 1972] One could argue that Lucky Luke (‘the man who shoots faster than his own shadow’) lacks the personality of Goscinny’s Asterix characters, but there’s no denying the humour derived from pitting his laidback cowboy aplomb against a…

The Wicked Wiles of Iznogoud

The Wicked Wiles of Iznogoud by Goscinny & Tabary (Cinebook, 2008) [first published as “Les complots d’Iznogoud”, Dargaud Editeur Paris, 1967] Six pun-filled tales from ancient Baghdad as the wicked protagonist Iznogoud (think Dick Dastardly) is repeatedly thwarted in his nefarious plans to depose the caliph. Goscinny’s imagination is clearly in evidence but the stories lack the scope of his…