Development:Because this is the first album, many story points and characterizations are still in their formative stages. In fact, due to its original, serial nature, some develop and change even as the story progresses.
Publishing history:The story was first published as a serial in Pilote, a French comic magazine founded by Goscinny and a few other comic artists. The first page appeared in the promotional issue #0, distributed on June 1, 1959, and the story was serially published in the magazine from issue #1 (October 29, 1959) until issue #38 (July 14, 1960). A small head of Asterix first appeared on the cover of #9 (December 24, 1959), and a full Asterix cover was used on #21 (March 17, 1960).
The next story, Asterix and the Golden Sickle, started in issue #42 (August 11, 1960).
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