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Asterix and the Chieftain's Shield (Asterix (Orion Hardcover)) [Hardcover]

René Goscinny , Albert Uderzo
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22 July 2004 Asterix (Orion Hardcover)
When the hero Vercingetorix was defeated he threw his arms at Julius Caesar's feet. Years later, Caesar plans to hold a triumph with his enemy's shield - but where is it? Romans and Gauls race to track it down, and Chief Vitalstatistix, dieting on a health farm, has a surprise to spring. Will Caesar defeat the Gauls again, or will the truimph go to Asterix?

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  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Asterix; New Ed edition (22 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752866249
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752866246
  • Product Dimensions: 29.4 x 22.4 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The eleventh album chronicling the much-loved adventures of Asterix and friends.

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Rene Goscinny was born in Paris in 1926, and spent most of his childhood in Argentina, before eventually moving to Paris in 1951. He died in 1977. Albert Uderzo was born in 1927 in a small village in Marne, France. He met Rene Goscinny in 1951 and on 29 October 1959 their most famous creation, Asterix, made his first appearance on page 20 of Pilote. ASTERIX THE GAUL, their first album, was published in 1961 and there have now been 34 Asterix albums.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Every Asterix book is tremendous 19 Jan 2014
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I don't think anybody actually needs a review. 5 stars says it all. There will never be a better series of books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gr8 15 Dec 2013
Fantastic books lived this as a child even more as an adult lol and the books prices are cheap too thanks
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3.0 out of 5 stars A wild goose chase after Vercingetorix's Shield 15 Aug 2004
'Asterix and the Chieftan's Shield' is the 11th of 31 adventures published between 1961and 2001; This adventure is from 1968, although it was not published in the UK until 1977. It is a minor story, set alongside classic adventures around its publication date. Asterix and Obelix set out to prevent defeated Gaulish leader Vercingetorix's shield being used in a triumphal parade by Julius Caesar. This story is told with a backdrop of Chief Vitalstatistix slimming himself down at a health farm, after too much overeating. In essence, this adventure is about a 'wild goose chase' looking for this special shield. Five punch-ups with Romans; 4 episodes of hiding in or searching Charcoal jokes; Numerous quaint references to the Auvergne region of central France; Much fun made of health farms and dieting. This re-inked and re-coloured edition has rather washed out colours, and does little to better the 1977 UK version which was itself rather crudely inked and coloured. In the scheme of things, this adventure rates as merely ok. One of the more average of the Goscinny & Uderzo Asterix adventures. This is the last slight blip for a while, as the next 6 years output (the next 10 or so adventures) vary between being good and outstanding.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Middling adventure 27 Aug 2007
Yes I see what you mean, it seems a bit of an excuse for a pub tour this one, however it has a nice feel throughout, and they do some detective work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great story, but pages fell out. 10 Dec 2003
By Thomas Wikman - Published on
As a child, I read all of the "classic" Asterix books in Swedish. As an adult and now living in the U.S., I am reading them again to my children, but this time in English. This is a good classic. As someone pointed out, the pages of some Asterix books, like this one, falls out after only minor wear. It seems like only the old classics do that. However, they are all out of stock by now anyway. Maybe future reprints of the classics will be as good as the new ones (with respect to binding). In general, the old classics have more entertaining stories than the new ones.
Asterix and Obelix live in a village in Gaul that the Romans failed to conquer. The reason for this is that the village druid knows how to make a magic potion that endows the villagers with super human strength. In this book the village chief, becomes sick from eating too much unhealthy food and is sent to recover at a health spa. Asterix and Obelix are accompanying their chief. Obelix the great Gourmet and Gourmand have no plans to diet, however, which makes his presence torturous to the patients. The main storyline is centered on a missing shield, which a defeated Gaulish King threw before (on) the feet of Julius Caesar. Very entertaining, and filled with great puns, as well as skillful wordplay.
I object to the druids name "Getafix". Whoever came up with the English names for the characters did not have kids in mind. The Swedish translation was a lot better concerning this item.
In general I find that, children the age 5-13 really enjoy these books, and so do my children. Adults can enjoy these books as well. The Asterix comic books are a great way to teach children ancient history. Naturally, the adult needs to help with the differentiation between fiction and history. From these books, my kids have learned about the Roman Empire, the ancient Greeks, the Vikings, the Goths, the Phoenicians, ancient Gaul, ancient Egypt, and the ancient Mediterranean world in general.
My ten year old started loving these books at the age of eight and he cannot get enough of them. My six year old started liking them at the age of five. Even though many Asterix puns may be a little bit above his head, my younger son still loves these stories.
In my opinion the best Asterix albums are: Asterix and the Normans; Asterix in Corsica; Obelix and company; Asterix the Gladiator; Asterix the Legionary; Asterix and Cleopatra; Asterix and the Goths; Asterix in Belgium; Asterix and the big fight; and Asterix all around Gaul. The last title is a translation from Swedish and might be wrong.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Asterix and the Chieftain's Shield 29 Mar 2000
By Chitra Raghav - Published on
The humorous depiction of the adventures of the inhabitants of one small village in Gaul, (modern day France) which defies Roman occupation in 50 BC with the superhuman power of a magic potion. Its full of beautiful visuals and excellent pun, especially the play of words in conversation and names of characters. Its gentle satire pokes fun on modern life, art and politics with caricatures of Napoleon, Shakespeare, Zorro and even James Bond.
In this adventure, the Gaulish Chief Vitalstatistix is sick-because of eating and drinking too much. He is advised by Druid Getafix to go on a diet at a famous slimming & health spa at Averne. Asterix and Obelix who accompany him, go touring Averne and get into trouble with Romans. After hearing about the trouble, Caesar decides to humiliate the Gauls by being paraded on the shield of Vercingetorix, the leader of the Gauls whom Caesar defeated in the battle of Alesia, which remains till date, the most bitter memory for the gauls.
But the famous shield is missing. Along with the Romans, Asterix and Obelix start hunting for the Shield for their procession with Vitalstatistix. The hunt for the shield ends when a slimmed down chief comes back and its indeed easy to guess who rides on the shield in the end.
Great fun to read. A must have for Asterix fans & collectors.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A chore to finish it 1 Oct 2013
By Norway Mom - Published on
I read this out loud to my tween sons, who know and love Asterix and Obelix from cartoons, movies and shorter comic series adventures. But none of us liked this story. It seemed to go nowhere, and it was basically a chore to finish it. It had its moments, but they were too few and far between.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Its a MUST read for Asterix 26 Oct 2002
By Kuruvilla Mathew - Published on
This is an important adventure as it goes into the background of certain facts that keeps getting mentioned in all other adventures like Alesia, Vercingetorix.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great comic - lousy binding! 21 Jan 2002
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This book fell apart after one reading. Just a word of caution. The comic itself is good, but all of our Asterix books have fallen apart after 1 or more read-throughs. They need to improve their glue. Now I have to have it spiral bound.
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