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Iznogoud Vol.1: The Wicked Wiles of Iznogoud Paperback – Illustrated, 13 Mar 2008


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  • Paperback: 52 pages
  • Publisher: Cinebook (13 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905460465
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905460465
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 0.4 x 28.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Here are the Asterix books in series order:


1. Asterix The Gaul
2. Asterix And The Golden Sickle
3. Asterix And The Goths
4. Asterix The Gladiator
5. Asterix And The Banquet
6. Asterix And Cleopatra
7. Asterix And The Big Fight
8. Asterix In Britain
9. Asterix And The Normans
10. Asterix The Legionary
11. Asterix And The Chieftan's Shield
12. Asterix At The Olympic Games
13. Asterix And The Cauldron
14. Asterix In Spain
15. Asterix And The Roman Agent
16. Asterix In Switzerland
17. The Mansions Of The Gods
18. Asterix And The Laurel Wreath
19. Asterix And The Soothsayer
20. Asterix In Corsica
21. Asterix And Caesar's Gift
22. Asterix And The Great Crossing
23. Obelix And Co
24. Asterix In Belgium
25. Asterix And The Great Divide
26. Asterix And The Black Gold
27. Asterix And Son
28. Asterix And The Magic Carpet
29. Asterix And The Secret Weapon
30. Asterix And Obelix All At Sea
31. Asterix And The Actress
32. Asterix And The Class Act
33. Asterix And The Falling Sky
34. Asterix And The Vikings
35. How Obelix Fell into the Magic Potion
36. Asterix And Obelix's Birthday: The Golden Book

Author illustration(c)2010 Les Editions Albert Rene/Goscinny-Uderzo www.asterix.com

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KN VINE VOICE on 26 April 2008
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The character of Iznogoud was another creation of Goscinny, though less well-known than Asterix. The stories satirize life in the court of the Abbasid Caliphate in Baghdad, which was arguably the most advanced society in the world at that time. Iznogoud is an ambitious minister who wants to overthrow the lazy Caliph, expressed most amusingly as "I want to be Caliph instead of the Caliph", but he fails at each attempt.

Be warned that this item does not comprise a single 40+ page story. It is actually a number of short stories (5 or 6) that are combined to make a larger book. The book only got 4 stars as the format (6-8 page episodes) doesn't allow you to get the same sense of adventure as with Asterix stories. The drawing & colours didn't seem to be up to the same standard as you get in Asterix books either. However, it is a good introduction to our infamous minister.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Yossarian on 27 Jun 2008
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Last published (in English) in the mid-70s by Egmont (they translated about 8 of the series) and out of print and very scarce since then, they have been going for quite high prices on the net . . . . thank you Cinebooks for starting to publish these again! Iznogoud and his faithful servant Wa'at Alahf are the main characters in this classic from the writing skills of Goscinny.

I remember this edition from when i was a teenager (a huge Asterix fan) although it looks like Cinebooks are going to be publishing them now with new art for the covers. A huge amount of the humour is derived from punning and clever word-play, which instantly reminds me of Asterix. Although a much simpler concept in scale and style this is really energetic and fun story-telling with some great artwork to seal the deal. Recommended.
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I bought this book for my son, who loves Tintin and Asterix. This one is even more surreal but great fun! In one of the stories Iznogoud hatches a bizarre plot to become the caliph by making the real caliph float away. Needless to say, it doesn't work ......
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vishal Sinha on 23 Mar 2009
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I started reading this primarily because of Goscinny's authorship. The newer Asterix albums left much to be desired and I read this (and Lucky Luke) to get a feel of a wider set of Goscinny's penmanship and I must admit that I have not been disappointed. While not comparable to the earlier Asterix albums in some ways, they are definitely a very good read. Goscinny has not missed a trick in his story telling. Any fan of Asterix should read this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The Iznogoud Series 13 Dec 2004
By Comic Lover - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I read all of the English language versions of the Iznogoud series (along with Asterix and Tintin) in the 1980s while growing up in Karachi, Pakistan. Unfortunately, over the years I misplaced my Iznogoud copies and would love to get them again. The current unavailability of this brilliant comic series in English is a massive loss to those of us who enjoy comics rife with intelligence, wit, and humour.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Another comic by the great René Goscinny 15 Jan 2005
By Esperandieu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Once upon a time in the mysterious Bagdad lived a benevolent caliph named Haroun al Plassid. Everyone was happy under his reign but the caliphs evil grand- vizier Iznogoud who wanted to be caliph instead of the caliph does everything he can to get rid of Haroun and usurp his throne.

This is another great comic written by the great René Goscinny as always when he is involved there's a lot of humour and while Tabarys art isn't as good as Uderzo's (Goscinnys other companion and co- creator of ASterix)the characters are still well drawn. In short buy this book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
IZNOGOUD 15 Jun 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Very very funny. Full of puns and subtle humor. It is a pity that no english versions are available any more. For all ages.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Infamous Iznogoud 18 Jan 2004
By Scott Kirkwood - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It's unfortunate that Iznogoud is not at all well-known in the USA. Iznogoud is a French comic book character drawn by artist Jean Tabary and originally created by writer René Goscinny, also known for his world-famous character Asterix. Goscinny had a tendency to utilize puns in the Asterix books, but he more than doubles that tendency in the Iznogoud series, where almost everything is a pun (which makes for an interesting translating job!). The stories are funny, telling tales of the wicked Grand Vizier Iznogoud and his constant failures at deposing the good Caliph from his throne and taking his place.
The Wicked Wiles of Iznogoud contains 6 stories, all of which are a delightful read. They feature an enchanted frog prince, a hypnotic magician, a magic weightlessness philtre, a time machine (featuring an appearance by the artist himself), and a magic mind-switching goblet. Somehow, every one of them seems to backfire on Iznogoud and his schemes. This is one of the earlier books in the series and these are considered the "classic" Iznogoud stories.
This book has been out of print for a long time, and was never easy to find in the USA in the first place. However, do not pay a ridiculous price for it like some retailers are asking; copies will turn up if you're patient!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
'I Want to be Caliph instead of the Caliph 15 May 2004
By Gary Selikow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Iznogoud is the evil Grand Vizier to the good-natured but slow-witted Caliph of Baghdad Haroun al Plassid. Wanting desperately to be `Caliph instead of the Caliph.' , he comes up continuously with plans to get rid of the incumbent , which always backfire on the miserable Iznogoud.
Iznogoud's penchant for evil invention, together with the charming illustrations and witty dialogue makes for charming albums, by the same people who brought you Asterix.
In fact in `Asterix and the Magic Carpet' a reference is made to Iznogoud, as Asterix and friends is to battle against Watzisname, Iznogoud's evil cousin in India, in order to save the lovely Princess Orinjade.
I was given a couple of these books, as a present when I was eight, and absolutely loved them.
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