Happy birthday, Asterix!

On October 29, 2009, Gaul's most famous denizon, Asterix, celebrated his Lth birthday. (That would be 50 to the Roman-numerically-challenged.) The comic book character was created in 1959 by René Goscinny and illustrated by Albert Uderzo.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Asterix the Gaul, Orion, publisher of the books, has organized an exhibition of artwork from the series in Bourgogne. According to the October 14, 2009 article in the Independent, "Asterix has now been translated into over 100 languages, sold 325 million copies of 33 books, spawned eight animated adventures and three live action films."