Overview French Catalog

This page might be usefull for collectors looking for first prints from France. Described are the first 24 albums.
If the album is like new the final catalog price is the basic catalog price plus:
Albums 1 to 4 >> plus 200%, 5 to 6 >> plus 150%, 7 to 11 >> plus 100%, 12 to 24 >> plus 50%

Except a few albums all French albums are hardcover and published by Dargaud (till 1998) or by Hachette (1998 till now).
In June 2004, Hachette has changed the covers (full size drawing). Some prints are also published by Lombard for the french speaking marked in Belgium.

Up to the first half of 1965 the first 6 albums do not have the menhir on the backcover but Asterix and Obelix holding a red banner with "La collection Pilote". On the front cover on top is a red line with the text "La collection Pilote présente une Aventure d'Astérix le Gaulois". From 1965 the Menhir hold by Obelix appears on the backcover. The year inside is not allways the year of publishing. The titles on the backcover gives us the information needed for finding the exact year of publishing. For albums (re)printed after 1966 it's easier to find out the exact date of publishing. In most cases the year of printing can be found on page 2.

Note: the prices are taken from the French catalogue "BDM - Trésors de la Bande Dessinée - Catalogue Encyclopédique 2005-2006" pages 74-76, published in December 2004. The Lombard version for albums 7 to 24 are not priced in the BDM.
Keep in mind that catalog prices are much higher then the current market values! Updates of the prices are welcome by email (thank you Jacques for the data for the years 2005/2006).



(1) Astérix le Gaulois

Astérix le Gaulois
1st print 1961: Blank spine - Depot Legal 3e trimestre 1961.
3 titles on the backcover: Astérix le Gaulois, Le Démon des Cara´bes, L'école des Aigles
Also published by Lombard.
Price: € 1100 (Dargaud)
Price: € 180 (Lombard, paperback)

2nd print 1963: Blank spine - Depot Legal 3e trimestre 1961.
12 titles on the backcover: 9 titles mentioned "déjà paru" and 3 titles "à paraître".
There are 2 variations: One with "Pilote" and "Dargaud S.A" and one with "Pilote".
Price: € 150

3th print 1965: Printed spine - Depot Legal 3e trimestre 1961.
17 titles on the backcover: 13 titles mentioned "déjà paru" and 4 titles "à paraître".
Price: € 110

4th print 1965: Printed spine - Depot Legal 3e trimestre 1961.
17 titles on the backcover: 16 titles mentioned "déjà paru" and 1 title "à paraître".
Price: € 100

5th print 1966: Printed spine - Depot Legal 3e trimestre 1961.
First edition with the Menhir. Last title on the backcover is Astérix et Cléopâtre".
Price: € 30



(2) La Serpe d'or

La Serpe d'or
1st print 1962: Blank spine - Depot Legal 3e trimestre 1962.
5 titles on the backcover: Astérix le Gaulois, L'école des Aigles, "déjà paru" Le Démon des Cara´bes, "à paraître" Le Roi des sept mers and Pour l'honneur des cocardes.
Also published by Lombard.
Price: € 1250 (Dargaud)
Price: € 150 (Lombard, paperback)

2nd print 1963: Blank spine - Depot Legal 3e trimestre 1963.
12 titles on the backcover: 9 titles mentioned "déjà paru" and 3 titles "à paraître".
There are 2 variations: One with "Pilote" and "Dargaud" and one with "Pilote".
Price: € 220

3th print 1965: Printed spine - Depot Legal 3e trimestre 1963.
17 titles on the backcover: 13 titles mentioned "déjà paru" and 4 titles "à paraître".
Price: € 100

4th print 1965: Printed spine - Depot Legal 3e trimestre 1963.
17 titles on the backcover: 16 titles mentioned "déjà paru" and 1 title (Fort Navajo) "à paraître" .
Price: € 80

5th print 1966: Printed spine - Depot Legal 3e trimestre 1963.
First edition with the Menhir. Last title on the backcover is Astérix et Cléopâtre".
Price: € 30



(3) Astérix et les Goths

Astérix et les Goths
1st print 1963: Blank spine - Depot Legal 3e trimestre 1963.
7 titles on the backcover: 5 titles mentioned "déjà paru" and 2 titles "à paraître".
Also published by Lombard.
Price: € 1000 (Dargaud)
Price: € 150 (Lombard, paperback)

2nd print 1963: Blank spine - Depot Legal 3e trimestre 1963.
12 titles on the backcover: 9 titles mentioned "déjà paru" and 3 titles "à paraître".
There are 2 variations: One with "Pilote" and "Dargaud" and one with "Pilote".
Price: € 250 (Dargaud)
Price: € 120 (Lombard, paperback)

3th print 1965: Printed spine - Depot Legal 3e trimestre 1963.
17 titles on the backcover: 13 titles mentioned "déjà paru" and 4 titles "à paraître".
Price: € 100

4th print 1965: Printed spine - Depot Legal 3e trimestre 1963.
17 titles on the backcover: 16 titles mentioned "déjà paru" and 1 title (Fort Navajo) "à paraître" .
Price: € 80

5th print 1965: Printed spine - Depot Legal 3e trimestre 1963.
First edition with the Menhir. Last title on the backcover is Astérix et Cléopâtre".
Price: € 30



(4) Astérix gladiateur

Astérix gladiateur
1st print 1964: Blank spine - Depot Legal 3e trimestre 1964.
12 titles on the backcover: 9 titles mentioned "déjà paru" and 3 titles "à paraître".
Price: € 650

2nd print 1965: Printed spine - Depot Legal 3e trimestre 1964.
17 titles on the backcover: 13 titles mentioned "déjà paru" and 4 titles "à paraître".
There are 2 variations: One with "Pilote" and "Dargaud" and one with "Pilote".
Price: € 110

3th print 1965: Printed spine - Depot Legal 3e trimestre 1964.
17 titles on the backcover: 16 titles mentioned "déjà paru" and 1 title (Fort Navajo) "à paraître".
Price: € 80

4th print 1965: Printed spine - Depot Legal 3e trimestre 1964.
First edition with the Menhir. Last title on the backcover is Astérix et Cléopâtre".
Price: € 30

special print 1968: Printed spine. Reprint with the Menhir. Last title on the backcover is Le Bouclier Arverne".
Editor: Harcourt, Brace, World inc.
Introduction of 8 pages in English, Comics in French, with a French-English Vocabulary at the end.
Price: € 200



(5) Le Tour de Gaule d'Astérix

Le Tour de Gaule d'Astérix
1st print 1965: Blank spine - Depot Legal 1e trimestre 1965.
13 titles on the backcover: 12 titles mentioned "déjà paru" and 1 title "à paraître".
Price: € 300

2nd print 1965: Same as 1st print but with printed spine.
Price: € 110

3th print 1965: Printed spine - Depot Legal 1e trimestre 1965.
17 titles on the backcover: 16 titles mentioned "déjà paru" and 1 title (Fort Navajo) "à paraître".
Also published by Lombard.
Price: € 80

4th print 1966: Printed spine - Depot Legal 3e trimestre 1963 (depot legal misprint!).
First edition with the Menhir. Last title on the backcover is "Astérix et Cléopâtre".
Price: € 30

5th print 1966: Printed spine - Depot Legal 3e trimestre 1965.
Second edition with the Menhir. Last title on the backcover is "Astérix et Cléopâtre".
Price: € 25



(6) Astérix et Cléopâtre

Astérix et Cléopâtre
1st print 1965: Printed spine - Depot Legal 3e trimestre 1965.
16 titles on the backcover: 13 titles mentioned "déjà paru" and 3 titles "à paraître".
The title Astérix et Cléopâtre is not printed on the backcover.
Also published by Lombard.
Price: € 200

2nd print 1965: Printed spine - Depot Legal 3e trimestre 1965.
17 titles on the backcover: 16 titles mentioned "déjà paru" and 1 title (Fort Navajo) "à paraître".
Price: € 60

3nd print 1965:Same as 2nd print but without "Collection Pilote".
Price: € 40

4th print 1965:First edition with the Menhir on the backcover.
Price: € 30


(7)  Le combat des Chefs (1er trim. 1966).
     There are 2 variations: One with authors firstnames initials on the cover, One without. 110 Euros
(7-2) Le combat des Chefs (1er trim. 1966). Paperback with title on spine. 310 Euros
(8)  Astérix chez les Bretons (3ème trim. 1966).
     Some specimens are marked by error 1964. 80 Euros
(9)  Astérix et les Normands (4ème trim. 1966). 70 Euros
(10) Astérix Légionnaire (3ème trim. 1967). 70 Euros
(11) Le bouclier Arverne (1er trim. 1968). 70 Euros
(12) Astérix aux Jeux Olympiques (3ème trim. 1968). 40 Euros
(13) Astérix et le Chaudron (1er trim. 1969). 50 Euros
(14) Astérix en Hispanie (4ème trim. 1969). 30 Euros
(15) La Zizanie (2ème trim. 1970). 30 Euros
(16) Astérix chez les Helvètes (4ème trm. 1970). 40 Euros
(17) Le Domaine des Dieux (4ème trim. 1971). 40 Euros
(18) Les lauriers de César (1er trim. 1972). 30 Euros
(19) Le Devin (4ème trim. 1972). 22 Euros
(20) Astérix en Corse (2ème trim. 1973). 22 Euros
(21) Le cadeau de César (3ème trim 1974). 20 Euros
(22) La grande traversée (2ème trim. 1975). 18 Euros
(23) Obélix et Compagnie (2ème trim. 1976). 18 Euros
(24) Astérix chez les belges (1er trim. 1979). 18 Euros