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Odius Asparagus

Odius Asparagus

Caricature of Georges Fronval, leading specialist on Westerns, who one day managed to get John Wayne, Albert Uderzo's idol, to visit the offices of the magazine Pilote. Unfortunately, the Asterix artist was absent that day….

When you travel around on a litter carried by four slaves, you have all the time in the world to come up with the craziest ideas. Odius Asparagus is an ace at this and he finally decides that the perfect gift for him to offer Julius Caesar in his role as Prefect of the Gauls is… one of the indomitable Gauls! Now, there's a gift whose rarity and fighting spirit make it a much more valuable present than a commonplace memo tablet to carve down one’s appointments that Caesar would not even deign to use. Such a gift would surely make the emperor consider the giver in a positive light!

Apparently, however, not all the best laid plans lead to Rome: our dear Julius, more than slightly upset when confronted with the talents of Cacofonix (our bard is finally the Gaul captured by the Prefect - it is, after all is said and done, much easier to kidnap him than … let's say… Obelix!) sees only one way to really enjoy this highly original gift: he intends to feed the bard to the Circus lions! It is, at the very least, the one opportunity the bard will ever have to practice his art in front of a large, enthusiastic audience! Until he starts warming up his voice, that is….

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