When the Romans persuade a Gaulish chief to challenge Vitalstatistix to single combat, no one worries much. But then a flying menhir hits Getaflix and he no longer remembers how to make his magic potion. Can Asterix help restore Getaflix’s memory?
Goscinny, Rene/ Uderzo, Albert (ILT)/ Bell, Anthea (TRN)/ Hockridge, Derek (TRN)/ Uderzo, Albert
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The Romans are upto no good, this time seeking the help of a rival (but loyal to the romans) Gaulish chief to challenge our indominatble chief Vitalstatistix to a fight. The winner becomes chief of both the tribes. The romans take it upon themselves to take the druid Getafix out of commission. they succeed, to some degree. And herein lies the story. One of the all-time favs with Asterix readers, the dialog is funny, the drawings funnier - a must have, must read, must buy... Pity these comics are not very popular in the USofA. In India it is possible to find Asterix comics in almost every decent bookstore :)
The year is 50 B.C. after Caesar captured Gaul - but not all. A little Gaulish village in Armorica still resists the might of Rome with the aid of a magic potion brewed by its Druid, Getafix. The series centers on a clever little Gaul, Asterix, and his slow-witted, strong friend, Obelix.
This (volume 7) is another of the absolute classics in the series. The plot focuses on the Romans scheming to overtake the Gaulish village by kidnapping the druid, Getafix and then having a Rome-friendly Gaulish chieftain fight the village Chief, Vitalstatistix (the winner takes over both villages). The plan almost works; Getafix loses his memory and becomes unbalanced (which leads to many funny situations, including a crazy potion brewing fight with another unbalanced druid.) In their quest to solve this problem, Asterix and Obelix consult an old pupil of Getafix, now an Ancient version of a psychiatrist, but this only manages to make the situation worse.
Initially published in French in 1966 as Le combat des chefs , Asterix and the big fight was first published in English in 1971. After yet another humiliating beating of Roman Legionaries , loudmouthed Roman centurion , Nebulus Nimbus , and his cunning right hand man , Felonius Caucus , decide to enlist the help of Roman puppet chief , Cassius Ceramix , a fashionable sycophantic brute who loves everything Roman , to challenge Vitalstatistix of the tribe of indomitable Gauls , to a fight. Whoever wins the fight , in terms of an ancient Gaullish custom , will determine who takes over the tribe. But first the Romans need to deal with Getafix the Druid , who makes the magic potion that gives the Gauls invincibility. With the unwitting help of Obelix , the Druid receives a knock that makes him lose his memory . Now Asterix and his friends need to make other plans to defeat the Romans and their quisling , Cassius Ceramix. Some really interesting features in this...
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