Asterix Et Les Belges was the last Asterix book René Goscinny wrote before he died in 1977. The album was published in 1979, and it was one of the first I read when it first appeared. It may not be the best book, but I feel a special attachment to it, since it deals with my own country (and it is very recognizable) and since I was aware of its publication being something special. I had the same thing when Tintin Et Les Picaros came out, the only Tintin album to appear for the first time since I was born (I wasn’t around when Les Bijoux de la Castafiore was published).
Anyways, since 2005 gave the world all kinds of Astérix celebrations, the Belgian post office decided to issue a special sheet, featuring five stamps with the main characters from the books, along with the Brueghel pastiche from Astérix et les Belges.
In my opinion, this is one of the best comics themed issues the Belgian Post has done so far. Its design is balanced and calm and the printing quality is superb. It pops up on Ebay sometimes, but not often.