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Classic European Comics: Asterix and Obelix, Lucky Luke and Tintin

Comics spell pure entertainment. Even a reluctant reader will need no prodding to pick up a bright comic book with big pictures and few words. Meet three witty European comic series that will make you fight your children for the books.

Discover Asterix, The Gaul and his friend Obelix whose adventures fighting Julius Caesar's Roman legions are told by French author Rene Goscinny and illustrated by his partner Albert Uderzo. This is our favorite comic series - period.

The authors make history fun by playing with a correct historical setting spiced up with many hilarious anachronisms. A Roman developer advertises a planned Gallic resort to his potential customers on stone tablet flyers. Visiting ancient Britain, Asterix and Obelix observe how at 4 o'clock, the fierce British warriors interrupt their battles for a cup of hot water with a little milk. Tea had not come to Britain yet.

The cleverly punning names are another outstanding feature. These comics have been published in many languages. If your kids study a foreign language, you may have a look at how the names are transformed to match each language. There is even a Latin version!

Rene Goscinny teams up with illustrator Morris in Dick Digger's Goldmine, the first volume in the series about Lucky Luke, the cowboy who shoots faster than his shadow.Together with his horse Jolly Jumper, Lucky Luke embodies and eclipses of every Western cliche imaginable.

Enjoy the entire series!

The Adventures of Tintin , written and illustrated by another Gallic artist, Georges Remi, alias Herge, are better known in this country. Peter Jackson's excellent animated feature film has recently contributed to Tintin's fame.

A reporter for a Belgian newspaper, Tintin travels all over the world with his dog Snowy experiencing wonderful slapstick adventures. He is assisted by the impetuous Captain Haddock, the hearing-impaired Professor Calculus, the blundering detectives Thomson and Thompson and the opera diva Bianca Castafiore.

Although the series was written for children, it contains lots of hilarious political satire appreciated by more mature readers.This is particularly apparent in the volume In the Land of the Soviets which Herge prevented from being republished until 1973.

These witty Gallic comics make fun reading for the whole family. Enjoy!

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