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Text: English, French (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Preschool - 12
  • Series: Iznogoud (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Cinebook, Ltd; GRAPH edition (May 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905460465
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905460465
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.2 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,065,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Best known as the author of Asterix, Goscinny is
also the talent behind the scenario of Lucky Luke, the hugely popular
comic book of 'the cowboy who shoots faster than his shadow'. Goscinny
was born on 11 August 1926 in the 5th arrondissement of Paris, the son
of Stanislas (Simkha) from Warsaw and of Anna Beresniak from
Khodorkow, a small Ukrainian village. In 1928, his parents took him to
Argentina, where his father, a chemical engineer, had been
seconded. He spent a happy childhood in Buenos Aires, and studied at
the French Lyce just before the Second World War. He had a habit of
making every one laugh in class, probably to compensate for a natural
shyness. He started drawing very early on, inspired by the illustrated
stories which he enjoyed reading. In 1945, he emigrated to the United
States. "I went to the United States to work with Walt Disney" he was
to say later ""but Walt Disney didn't know that"". He found himself in
New York, jobless, alone and totally broke. The next 6 years, which he
spent in New York, are often considered his formative years. As he
said "It was not so bad...it toughened me up, although I would have
liked it better if others had been toughened up on my behalf". It is
during these years that he met his first friends, some who were to
publish "Mad" in 1945, and others with whom he was to collaborate for
a long time to come. Among these was Maurice de Bvre aka Morris, the
cartoonist and first author of Lucky Luke. He also met Georges
Troisfontaines, the boss of the World Press Agency in Belgium, who
persuaded Goscinny to work for him. He returned to Europe in 1951 for
this purpose, but was fired in 1956 for trying to put in place a
charter to protect the status of cartoonists and scenarist. The years
until the creation of the magazine "Pilote" were years of transition,
when Goscinny's talent matured and he seized upon many
opportunities. Besides his collaboration with Morris on the Lucky Luke
series from 1955 onwards, Goscinny worked on the scenario of "Le petit
Nicolas" (Little Nicholas) in cartoon form with its creator, Sempe. In
1959 the magazine "Pilote" was launched. Goscinny found his place in the
editorial team among some of his faithful friends from World
Press. The aim of "Pilote" was to change radically the way that the
graphic novel ("the BD") would be perceived in France, and competed
with "Tintin" and "Spirou" magazines on their own territories. How best to
go about that task than by inventing an astute little Gaul, give him a
large size sidekick and place their adventures within a little village
of irreducible Gauls whose names all end in -ix? Asterix is born. The
bande dessinee enters adulthood. He married Gilberte Pollaro-Millo in
1967. In 1968 his daughter Anne is born. Many young authors owe their
fame to Goscinny, who opened for them the pages of "Pilote". While
working on scenarios for the television and the cinema and on many
different texts, Goscinny headed Pilote in one capacity or another
until his death on 5 November 1977.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Comic Lover on December 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
I read all of the English language versions of the Iznogoud series (along with Asterix and Tintin) in the 1980s while growing up in Karachi, Pakistan. Unfortunately, over the years I misplaced my Iznogoud copies and would love to get them again. The current unavailability of this brilliant comic series in English is a massive loss to those of us who enjoy comics rife with intelligence, wit, and humour.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Esperandieu on January 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
Once upon a time in the mysterious Bagdad lived a benevolent caliph named Haroun al Plassid. Everyone was happy under his reign but the caliphs evil grand- vizier Iznogoud who wanted to be caliph instead of the caliph does everything he can to get rid of Haroun and usurp his throne.

This is another great comic written by the great René Goscinny as always when he is involved there's a lot of humour and while Tabarys art isn't as good as Uderzo's (Goscinnys other companion and co- creator of ASterix)the characters are still well drawn. In short buy this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 14, 2001
Format: Paperback
Very very funny. Full of puns and subtle humor. It is a pity that no english versions are available any more. For all ages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scott Kirkwood on January 17, 2004
Format: Paperback
It's unfortunate that Iznogoud is not at all well-known in the USA. Iznogoud is a French comic book character drawn by artist Jean Tabary and originally created by writer René Goscinny, also known for his world-famous character Asterix. Goscinny had a tendency to utilize puns in the Asterix books, but he more than doubles that tendency in the Iznogoud series, where almost everything is a pun (which makes for an interesting translating job!). The stories are funny, telling tales of the wicked Grand Vizier Iznogoud and his constant failures at deposing the good Caliph from his throne and taking his place.
The Wicked Wiles of Iznogoud contains 6 stories, all of which are a delightful read. They feature an enchanted frog prince, a hypnotic magician, a magic weightlessness philtre, a time machine (featuring an appearance by the artist himself), and a magic mind-switching goblet. Somehow, every one of them seems to backfire on Iznogoud and his schemes. This is one of the earlier books in the series and these are considered the "classic" Iznogoud stories.
This book has been out of print for a long time, and was never easy to find in the USA in the first place. However, do not pay a ridiculous price for it like some retailers are asking; copies will turn up if you're patient!
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