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Encyclopedia > Asterix and the Big Fight
Asterix and the Big Fight
French Title: Les Combat de Chefs
Story: Rene Goscinny
Illustrations: Albert Uderzo
French Edition: 1966
English Translation: 1971
Preceded by: Asterix and Cleopatra
Followed by: Asterix in Britain

Asterix and the Big Fight is a French comic book, the seventh in the Asterix comic book series. It was written by René Goscinny and illustrated by Albert Uderzo. Originally called Le Combat des chefs and serialized in Pilote issues 261-302 in 1964, it was translated into English in 1971. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... René Goscinny René Goscinny (b. ... Albert Uderzo Albert Uderzo (born April 25, 1927 in France) is a French comic book artist, and scriptwriter. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... Asterix and Cleopatra, the sixth book in the Asterix comic book series by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo, was serialized in Pilote issues 215-257 in 1963. ... Asterix in Britain is a comic book, the eighth in the Asterix comic book series. ... For other uses, see Asterix (disambiguation). ... This is a list of all 33 Asterix official volumes. ... Cover for Pilote by Robert Crumb. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ...

Contents

Plot summary

The Romans have once again been humiliated by the Gauls. Felonius Caucus, right hand man of Centurion Nebulus Nimbus, head of the fortified camp of Totorum, suggests a Big Fight. This is a Gallic tradition where two Gallic chiefs fight and the winner becomes leader of both tribes. Ancient Rome was a civilization that grew from a small agricultural community founded on the Italian Peninsula circa the 9th century BC to a massive empire straddling the Mediterranean Sea. ... Map of Gaul circa 58 BC Gaul (Latin: ) was the name given, in ancient times, to the region of Western Europe comprising present-day northern Italy, France, Belgium, western Switzerland and the parts of the Netherlands and Germany on the west bank of the Rhine river. ...


To fight Vitalstatistix, chief of Asterix’s tribe, the Romans enlist a Gallo-Roman collaborator, Chief Cassius Ceramix of Linoleum. Vitalstatistix would surely win with Getafix’ magic potion of invincibility, but the Romans plan to capture the druid long beforehand. In an effort to rescue him, Obelix accidentally puts Getafix out of action with a menhir, the impact of which causes amnesia and insanity. This is a list of recurring characters in the Asterix comics. ... This is a list of recurring characters in the Asterix comics. ... Amnesia or amnæsia (from Greek ) (see spelling differences) is a condition in which memory is disturbed. ... ‹ The template below (Expand) is being considered for deletion. ...


Cassius Ceramix' challenge therefore comes at the worst possible moment, and Asterix and Vitalstatistix desperately attempt to restore Getafix’s mind by consulting Psychoanalytix (original French name is the very appropriate "Amnesix"), a druid who specializes in mental disorders. But during an explanation of the cause of the problem, Obelix decides to physically demonstrate with a menhir, leaving Psychoanalytix in the same state. As the two crazed druids concoct a number of skin-coloring magic potions, Asterix tries to bring Vitalstatistix into good phyisical shape for the upcoming fight.


As the fight begins, Getafix accidentally makes a potion which restores his mind, and quickly proceeds to brew a supply of magic potion. Cassius Ceramix looks sure to win, but Getafix' recovery gives Vitalstatistix the courage to win despite not having any potion. After another tussle with the Romans, who do not accept this victory, and Cassius Ceramix himself getting 'menhired', Vitalstatistix returns home victorious to the inevitable feast. Psychoanalytix returns to business despite his current state, but he remains professionally successful (a wry comment on the state of psychiatry).


Notes

  • In the issue of Pilote #260, which preceded the publication of the actual story, Vitalstatistix hosted a press conference to announce that "Asterix and the Big Fight" would be the next adventure and that he would play a leading role in it. This scene was reprinted in Asterix and the Class Act as its Introduction.
  • The Gauls collaborating with Romans recall the French who collaborated with the Germans in the Second World War.
  • The "big fight" itself is a parody of boxing, in particular Vitalstatistix' strategy of wearing down his opponent and his victory dance parody Muhammad Ali who was world heavyweight champion when the story was written.
  • Cassius Ceramix’ name is based on that of boxer Cassius Clay (ceramic==baked clay) who was later better known as Muhammad Ali (see previous note). That it uses both the –us ending characteristic of Roman names in the Asterix books and the Gaulish –ix to mark him as a collaborator, and references a highly relevant boxer makes this play on words stand out by surpassing his original French name (Aplusbégalix)
  • In this story we see Vitalstatistix’ (as yet unnamed) wife for the first time, fussing over him when he is preparing to meet Cassius Ceramix.
  • During a scene, people which came to see the big fight create an ancient age amusement park, with bumper horses, a Slavic mountain (pun on the French name for roller coaster, "Russian mountain"), shooting gallery, and a tent with fabulous animals (whose advert in the door depicts Marsupilami). A book store called "W. H. Smix" can be seen in the same scene, which is an obvious parody of W. H. Smith.

Asterix and the Class Act is the thirty-second volume of the Asterix comic book series, by René Goscinny (stories) and Albert Uderzo (illustrations). ... Asterix and the Class Act is the thirty-second volume of the Asterix comic book series, by René Goscinny (stories) and Albert Uderzo (illustrations). ... Map of Gaul circa 58 BC Gaul (Latin: ) was the name given, in ancient times, to the region of Western Europe comprising present-day northern Italy, France, Belgium, western Switzerland and the parts of the Netherlands and Germany on the west bank of the Rhine river. ... Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km into the air. ... Professional boxing bout featuring Ricardo Domínguez (left, throwing a left uppercut) versus Rafael Ortiz Boxing, also referred to as pugilism is a combat sport in which two participants of similar weight fight each other with their fists in a series of one to three-minute intervals called rounds. ... “Cassius Clay” redirects here. ... This is a list of recurring characters in the Asterix comics. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Bumper car at a small town fair Bumper car is the generic name for a type of flat ride consisting of several small electric cars that draw their power from an overhead grid, which is turned off by the operator at the end of a session. ... A typical roller coaster The roller coaster is a popular amusement ride developed for amusement parks and modern theme parks. ... Shooting is the act of causing a gun to fire at a target. ... Marsupilami is a fictional comic book animal created by André Franquin in 1952. ... This article is about the bookshop chain; for the businessman and politician of that name, see William Henry Smith. ...

Film adaptation

An animated film bearing the comic's title was released in 1989. However, only the plot of Getafix having amnesia is retained in the film, which is actually more an adaptation of Asterix and the Soothsayer than it is of this book. Asterix and the Big Fight is a 1989 animated movie directed by Philippe Grimond and produced by Yannick Piel. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Asterix and the Soothsayer is the nineteenth volume of the Asterix comic book series, by René Goscinny (stories) and Albert Uderzo (illustrations). ...


In other languages

  • Bengali: Dui Pradhaner Dhundumar
  • Catalan: Astèrix i el combat de caps
  • Dutch: De strijd van de stamhoofden, formerly De Kampioen
  • Finnish: Päälliköiden ottelu (The Match of Chiefs)
  • German: Der Kampf der Häuptlinge
  • Greek: Ο αγώνας των αρχηγών
  • Hindi: Estriks aur barii laraaii
  • Italian: Asterix e il duello dei capi
  • Polish: Walka wodzów
  • Portuguese: O Combate dos Chefes
  • Serbian: Судар Главешина
  • Spanish: El combate de los jefes
  • Swedish: Tvekampen
  • Turkish: Şefler Savaşı

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