“Asterix and the Griffin”: the 39th Asterix and Obelix album in 2021

On October 21st, Asterix and the Griffin will be the 39th album in the Asterix comic book series, created by Albert Uderzo and René Goscinny. Discover on Bulles de Culture the first images and informations on this new comic book by Jean-Yves Ferri and Didier Conrad.

Synopsis :

Éditions Albert René recently received this strange and mysterious drawing (see the image at the top of our article, on which you can click to enlarge). It features our two heroes – created more than 60 years ago by the genius of René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo – scaling a huge tree trunk in an attempt to reach Dogmatix who seems to be trying to get away from them…

Is the little Gaulish canine making a bid for freedom?

The tree trunk is very unusual because it’s carved into an effigy of an enigmatic creature with impressive teeth and a raptor’s beak…

Asterix and the Griffin: a new comics available from October 21st

After Asterix and the Picts (2013), Asterix and the Missing Scroll (2015), Asterix and the Chariot Race (2017) and Asterix and the Chieftain’s Daughter (2019), Asterix and the Griffin will therefore be the fifth album  of Jean-Yves Ferri (screenplay) and Didier Conrad (illustration).

And in this 39th opus since Asterix the Gaul (1961), our two Gauls heroes will be confronted with a strange and terrifying mythological creature, the Griffin.

For me, it all started with a sculpture of the Tarasque, a terrifying creature from Celtic legends … Did our ancestors really believe that these peculiar monsters actually existed?

(…) Now it was time look at this bestiary and choose the animal that would be at the centre of the intrigue. Half-eagle, half-lion, with horse’s ears and appropriately enigmatic – I opted for a Griffin!

The Romans were bound to go for it. But what about the Gauls? How would Asterix, Obelix and Dogmatix, along with the Druid Getafix, get drawn into the epic, perilous quest to find this fantastical animal?

That’s what you’ll find out in the new album. And I’m not going to do what Wikipedia does and tell you evrything about it…

— Jean-Yves Ferri

One year after the disappearance of Albert Uderzo, who died on March 24th, 2020 at the age of 92, these new adventures of Asterix, Obelix and Dogmatix will be simultaneous release in 17 languages.

A success never denied

As a reminder, Asterix, it’s more than 385 million albums sold worldwide, including more than 5 million comics of Asterix and the Chieftain’s Daughter.

Likewise, the series, created by Albert Uderzo and René Goscinny 62 years ago (on October 29, 1959 in the French comic magazine Pilote, exactly), has been translated into 111 languages and dialects.

Asterix is finally 15 film adaptations, from the animated film Asterix the Gaul (1967) by Ray Goossens to the feature film Asterix and Obelix: The Silk Road (2021) by Guillaume Canet, whose release, initially planned for 2021 in cinemas in France, has been postponed.

To learn more:

  • Asterix and the Griffon will be published on Thursday, October 21st, 2021 by Éditions Albert-René
  • Ages 7 and up
  • Asterix official website
Jean-Christophe Nurbel

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