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Gauls Against Nuclear Energy

8 October 1983
Bro 565/1 fol

Comic books such as Tintin, Asterix and Obelix and Suske and Wiske (Willy and Wanda) were very popular in the 70s and 80s in Western Europe. Political action groups took advantage of this popularity by using the super heroes for their own goals. Asterix und das Atomkraftwerk (Asterix and the Nuclear Power Plant), published by an Austrian antinuclear group, was one of the first albums. The original drawings were cut and provided with new texts. Uderzo, the artist who drew the characters, engaged in several lawsuits.

The Vienna Abendzeitung reports on 8 October 1983 that he was successful: distributing the albums was forbidden. Nevertheless, there were many charicatures for "good purposes." The IISG collection includes: Asterix und Obelix fuer die 35-Stundenwoche (Asterix and Obelix for the 35-hour week), Suske en Wiske en de Keizerkraker (Suske and Wiske and the Emperor Squatter), der Sympathisantenschlumpf (The Sympathizing Smurf), and Olivier B. Bommel in Nicaragua.