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Hergé: Caesar in Asterix?

ClaroQuerido
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#1 · Posted: 19 Aug 2005 21:34 · Edited by: ClaroQuerido
After watching the excellent documentary 'Tintin et Moi' and reading an Asterix book for the first time in ages, I suddenly noticed a striking resemblance between the Julius Caesar character and Hergé. I mean, look at his mouth, eyebrows, eyes and build, and just general 'look'. It looks very like Hergé as a middle-aged man.

Is there any evidence that it could be a caricature of him? Or is it just me? Has this been brought up before? And if it's not a characature of Hergé, then who? (because it definately is of someone in real life IMO).
Karaboudjan
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#2 · Posted: 20 Aug 2005 10:29 · Edited by: Karaboudjan
True that it looks more like Herge than the actual Caesar (or what we know of him from death masks, busts etc). It's worth looking up; Goscinny and Uderzo (like other cartoonists afterwards) were undoubtedly greatly influenced by Herge, so maybe they thought this would be paying tribute. You might argue this is quite a negative way of doing so, considering old Julius is the baddy of Asterix, but he always managed to be (in my opinion anyway) immensely sympathetic and likeable- more so than Asterix himself, I'd say.
ClaroQuerido
Member
#3 · Posted: 21 Aug 2005 00:54
You might argue this is quite a negative way of doing so, considering old Julius is the baddy of Asterix, but he always managed to be (in my opinion anyway) immensely sympathetic and likeable- more so than Asterix himself, I'd say.

I would agree with you there. There is definately something sympathetic about him despite him being a 'baddie'. I think one factor is the that he is a 'political baddie' - that is he is opposed to Asterix's village and the Gauls because he is the Roman leader. In that sense, he seems less bad.
Karaboudjan
Member
#4 · Posted: 21 Aug 2005 19:59
Plus he never seems to succeed in what he sets out to do, poor thing...

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