|Title||Asterix and the Golden Sickle (1962)|
|Mangaka||Goscinny and Uderzo|
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Disaster strikes in the Gaulish village when Getafix the druid breaks his golden sickle. Without one he cannot attend the annual conference of druids, or cut mistletoe for the magic potion which keeps the Roman armies at bay. Asterix and his friend Obelix set out for Lutetia (present-day Paris) to buy a new one from Obelix’s cousin, the sicklesmith Metallurgix.
However, Metallurgix has mysteriously gone missing, and before long our heroes are exploring the underworld of the big city. They uncover a sickle-trafficking gang with sponsors high up the Roman bureaucracy, whose shadowy business is run from below a portal dolmen in the Boulogne forest. When all is revealed and the Gauls have rescued Metallurgix, they can go home with a new sickle for the druid and the magic potions will continue to flow.
This is the first time Obelix has a major role in the story and highlights his keenness to fight at every opportunity. It is also the first journey away from the village for Asterix and Obelix. There was a planned film adaptation of this book, but it was never released.
- When Asterix & Obelix were eating at an inn, a stranger tells them that Lutetia is a very beautiful but dangerous city and it is probably talking about what Paris is today.
- This is said to be the first story where in the end during the banquet Cacofonix is tied up away from the banquet.
- This is the first time Asterix and Obelix have a mystery to solve also the first and one of the rare times Asterix uses his sword.
- Obelix demonstrates his ability of opening doors with his finger.
- The prefect (and chief villain) is a caricature of the actor Charles Laughton.
- Due to a mistake by Uderzo, the final pages were drawn in comic strip panels, which resulted in a printing error (the panels are smaller and the margins are larger than normal) in all versions.
- Lutetia (future Paris) satirizes the big city, in contrast with the countryside (Asterix’s village)
- “The great ox-cart race, the Suindinum 24 hours” is a reference to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, France. Suindinum is the old name of Le Mans.