Dear old Julius has heartburn! He who thought he had conquered the whole of Gaul (well most of it) now realises that, in fact, it is the good humoured adventures of Asterix and Obelix that have occupied every territory in the Known World.

Statistics relating to Asterix album sales, recently updated by the eminent Caius Preposterus, had a big surprise in store... 350 million albums - not one less - in more than 100 languages, have been sold since 1961! Clear evidence of the affection readers hold for Asterix - undoubtedly the best birthday present Albert Uderzo could have asked for!