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René Goscinny

Author and Cartoonist René Goscinny

Profession: Author and Cartoonist


Biography: Goscinny is best remembered internationally for the comic strip he created along with illustrator Albert Uderzo, "Astérix le Gaulois".

Some of his other comics include “Lucky Luke” and “Benjamin et Benjamine”, which he began publishing in the 1950s before he founded the French humor magazine "Pilote" in 1959.

The international success of Astérix was partially due to its subtle reflection of certain political sentiments and remains popular today, having been translated into over 100 languages.

Born: August 14, 1926
Birthplace: Paris, France

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Leo

Died: November 5, 1977 (aged 51)
Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest

Historical Events

  • 1959-10-29 "Asterix" is first published in the French magazine "Pilote" by Rene Goscinny, illustrated by Albert Uderzo
  • 1965-11-26 France launches 1st satellite, 92 lb (42 kg) A1-capsule (Astérix), named after the popular French comic character