Ils sont fous, les Anglais

I feel like I’m reposting stuff these days that may be strange or new to me, but is probably common knowledge in other parts of the world. Take this little titbit here, that I came across during (another) Facebook thrawl. Apparently the publishers of the British Valiant comic thought that their readers wouldn’t get Astérix when they started running him in 1964. So they renamed him Little Fred; Obélix became Big Ed and their village was transported to somewhere in England’s green and pleasant land. As the Britons would say in a later issue of the comic…

Later they saw the error of their ways, but it took a while – Paul Gravett wrote a whole piece about it.

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