History ComicBook / Iznogoud

16th Mar '17 4:36:28 PM morenohijazo
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** As with most Creator/ReneGoscinny-scripted comics, the dialogue in ''Iznogoud'' relies heavily on puns and wordplay which don't translate well into other languages, forcing the translators to either come up with puns that do make sense in their language or change the dialogue so that the density of jokes is the same but they don't happen in the same place. For example, the title story in the album ''Des astres pour Iznogoud'' translates as "Stars for Iznogoud", but is a homophone of "Désastres pour Iznogoud", meaning "Disasters for Iznogoud". The title was rendered in English as "Iznogoud Rockets to Stardom".[[note]] The original English translators, Anthea Bell and Derek Hockridge, already had experience dealing with Goscinny's fondness for puns in their capacity as the English translators for ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}''.[[/note]]

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** As with most Creator/ReneGoscinny-scripted comics, the dialogue in ''Iznogoud'' relies heavily on puns and wordplay which don't translate well into other languages, forcing the translators to either come up with puns that do make sense in their language or change the dialogue so that the density of jokes is the same but they don't happen in the same place. For example, the title story in the album ''Des astres pour Iznogoud'' translates as "Stars for Iznogoud", but is a homophone of "Désastres pour Iznogoud", meaning "Disasters for Iznogoud". The title was rendered in English as "Iznogoud Rockets to Stardom".[[note]] The original English translators, Anthea Bell and Derek Hockridge, already had experience dealing with Goscinny's fondness for puns in their capacity as the English translators for ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}''.[[/note]]


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** Oddly played straight and averted in Finland. Finland being possibly one of three countries that changed Iznogoud's name (the other ones are Poland - where he was named as ''Wezyr Nic-po-nim'', but this translation was used only in Polish dub of the comic's AnimatedAdaptation - and Italy, where he was named ''Gran Bailam'', again only in the cartoon), plenty of jokes about his name (is no good) instantly become void, and the tone of the whole series is somewhat changed around his Finnish name - Ahmed Ahne (lit. "Ahmed Greedy").
16th Mar '17 11:01:11 AM morenohijazo
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* PillowPistol: One story has Iznogoud buy a set containing a pair of magic shoes, a gun that makes their wearer run in a straight line when fired, and a "finish" flag that is the only thing that can stop the shoes. The night before the big day, Iznogoud sleeps with the gun under his pillow, bound with a wrist strap.

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* PillowPistol: One story has Iznogoud buy a set containing a pair of magic shoes, a gun that makes their wearer run in a straight line when fired, and a "finish" flag that is the only thing that can stop the shoes. The night before the big day, Iznogoud sleeps with the gun under his pillow, bound with a wrist strap. [[spoiler:This doesn't stop a vengeful character from hiding the magic shoes within Iznogoud's baggy regular shoes.]]
14th Mar '17 9:36:41 AM Bissek
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The comic was given a 52 episode AnimatedAdaptation in 1995, along with a live-action film entitled ''Iznogoud: Calife A La Place Du Calife'' starring Michaël Youn and Jacques Villeret in 2005.

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The comic was given a 52 episode AnimatedAdaptation in 1995, along with a live-action film entitled ''Iznogoud: Calife A La Place Du Calife'' Calife''[[note]]Caliph in place of the Caliph[[/note]] starring Michaël Youn and Jacques Villeret in 2005.
26th Feb '17 10:47:46 AM mlsmithca
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* AdiposeRex: Caliph Haroun El-Poussah, the jovial and benign ruler, is a BigEater and spends most of his days sleeping, making him quite obese.

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* AdiposeRex: Caliph Haroun El-Poussah, El-Plassid, the jovial and benign ruler, is a BigEater and spends most of his days sleeping, making him quite obese.



* FatIdiot: Haroun El-Poussah eats many large meals and gets almost no exercise, preferring to spend his days sleeping, and is clueless enough to trust the ObviouslyEvil Iznogoud absolutely with any and all decisions about how to run the country. He displays occasional evidence of having a good memory and knowledge base, but he has no common sense whatsoever.

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* FatIdiot: Haroun El-Poussah El-Plassid eats many large meals and gets almost no exercise, preferring to spend his days sleeping, and is clueless enough to trust the ObviouslyEvil Iznogoud absolutely with any and all decisions about how to run the country. He displays occasional evidence of having a good memory and knowledge base, but he has no common sense whatsoever.
26th Feb '17 10:43:34 AM mlsmithca
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** Jean Tabary is one of the unfortunate victims of the title object in "The Box of Souvenirs", a camera that traps people and objects in its photographs, as we discover when Wa'at Alahf presents an exhibition of the camera's output after his boss inevitably gets himself trapped in a photograph.



* FlatJoy: In the animated episode "State Visit", the "enthusiastic crowd" assembled to acclaim the visiting sultan sound thoroughly bored as they say, "Hurray. Hurray. Long live Haroun al-Plassid. Hurray. Hurray. Long live Iznogoud." Similarly, the "ruthless crowd" watching the imprisoned Iznogoud on public display at the end of the episode are almost as listless as they say, "Boo. Boo. Get rid of Grand Vizier Iznogoud."

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* FlatJoy: In the animated episode "State Visit", the "enthusiastic crowd" assembled to acclaim the visiting sultan sound thoroughly bored as they say, "Hurray. Hurray. Long live Haroun al-Plassid.el-Plassid. Hurray. Hurray. Long live Iznogoud." Similarly, the "ruthless crowd" watching the imprisoned Iznogoud on public display at the end of the episode are almost as listless as they say, "Boo. Boo. Get rid of Grand Vizier Iznogoud."
25th Feb '17 11:57:17 PM mlsmithca
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* VillainousBreakdown: Like all villains created by Goscinny, Iznogoud is particularly susceptible to it; generally, if a story doesn't end with Iznogoud suffering a FateWorseThanDeath, it will end with him sobbing or gibbering with insanity. The fact he lives in a Palace where he (a megalomaniac aggressive EvilChancellor) seems to be the [[OnlySaneMan only one with some degree of sanity]] doesn't really help. Just to give one example, at the end of "The Lookalike", the Caliph and his doppelganger, Aristides Kingsizos, have met and bonded over a game of cards, and the formerly grouchy lookalike now talks and acts like the Caliph. On the palace steps, Iznogoud sobs to Wa'at Alahf that he tried to get rid of one Caliph and now he's stuck with ''two''. Then Aristides' business partner comes looking for him... and he turns out to be a dead ringer for Iznogoud, who goes catatonic with shock.

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* VillainousBreakdown: Like all villains created by Goscinny, Iznogoud is particularly susceptible to it; generally, if a story doesn't end with Iznogoud him suffering a FateWorseThanDeath, it will end with him sobbing or gibbering with insanity. The fact he lives in a Palace where he (a megalomaniac aggressive EvilChancellor) seems to be the [[OnlySaneMan only one with some degree of sanity]] doesn't really help. Just help.
** In "Tried and Tse-tsed", after the tsetse fly Iznogoud plans
to give one example, at use to get the Caliph to go to sleep permanently is sedated by the Caliph's cup of herbal tea and adopted as a pet by the genial ruler, the vizier is reduced to a babbling wreck whom Wa'at Alahf is forced to have committed.
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the end of "The Lookalike", the Caliph and his doppelganger, Aristides Kingsizos, have met and bonded over a game of cards, and the formerly grouchy lookalike now talks and acts like the Caliph. On the palace steps, Iznogoud sobs to Wa'at Alahf that he tried to get rid of one Caliph and now he's stuck with ''two''. Then Aristides' business partner comes looking for him... and he turns out to be a dead ringer for Iznogoud, who goes catatonic with shock.
25th Feb '17 11:30:40 PM mlsmithca
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(''next panel: sled crashes to the right of the door, Iznogoud cushioning for the Caliph'')\\

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(''next ''[next panel: sled crashes to the right of the door, Iznogoud cushioning for the Caliph'')\\Caliph]''\\



* BreakingTheFourthWall: The characters, Iznogoud and Wa'at Alahf especially, regularly turn to address the reader directly or have conversations with the narration or [[MediumAwareness otherwise acknowledge that they are comic book characters]]. For example, at the end of "The Caliph's Sceptre", Iznogoud is left trapped in the password-protected chamber containing the title object, unable to remember the correct password. He finally turns to the readers and asks if they remember it - "And no turning back pages!"



* CerebusSyndrome: When the series were taken over by Tabary after Goscinny's death; while the stories remained mostly comical, they started having more coherent adventures with Iznogoud occasionally switching from VillainProtagonist to AntiHero.

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* CerebusSyndrome: When the series were was taken over by Tabary after Goscinny's death; while the stories remained mostly comical, they started having more coherent switched from eight to twelve page vignettes to 40+ page adventures more akin to ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'', with Iznogoud occasionally switching from VillainProtagonist to AntiHero.
25th Feb '17 11:24:06 PM mlsmithca
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* VillainousBreakdown: Like all villains created by Goscinny, Iznogoud is particularly susceptible to it. The fact he lives in a Palace where he (a megalomaniac aggressive EvilChancellor) seems to be the [[OnlySaneMan only one with some degree of sanity]] doesn't really help.

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* VillainousBreakdown: Like all villains created by Goscinny, Iznogoud is particularly susceptible to it.it; generally, if a story doesn't end with Iznogoud suffering a FateWorseThanDeath, it will end with him sobbing or gibbering with insanity. The fact he lives in a Palace where he (a megalomaniac aggressive EvilChancellor) seems to be the [[OnlySaneMan only one with some degree of sanity]] doesn't really help. Just to give one example, at the end of "The Lookalike", the Caliph and his doppelganger, Aristides Kingsizos, have met and bonded over a game of cards, and the formerly grouchy lookalike now talks and acts like the Caliph. On the palace steps, Iznogoud sobs to Wa'at Alahf that he tried to get rid of one Caliph and now he's stuck with ''two''. Then Aristides' business partner comes looking for him... and he turns out to be a dead ringer for Iznogoud, who goes catatonic with shock.
25th Feb '17 3:55:54 PM mlsmithca
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* BadBoss: Iznogoud routinely mistreats Wa'at Alahf, using him as a guinea pig for every potion or spell he plans to use to get rid of the Caliph, in which capacity the hapless henchman has been turned invisible, turned into a frog, turned into a walking disaster magnet, shrunk down to a height of mere inches, made so light that he floats away unless he is carrying a boulder, trapped in an inescapable magic maze, rendered catatonic, rendered an amnesiac shell, and repeatedly banished to alternate dimensions.


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* ExoticExtendedMarriage: The practice of polygyny is carried over from some real life Islamic cultures into the world of ''Iznogoud''; Caliph Haroun el-Plassid has multiple wives and dozens of children (so many that he can't reliably remember all of their names), as does Sultan Pullmankar. In "A Calculated Risk", the Caliph and Sultan Pullmankar sign a marriage contract engaging the Caliph's 37th son to the Sultan's 42nd daughter.
24th Feb '17 2:31:19 PM mlsmithca
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* PillowPistol: One story had the title EvilVizier but a set containing a pair of magic shoes, a gun that would make their wearer run in a straight line when fired and a "finish" flag that was the only thing that could stop the shoes. The night before the big day, Iznogoud slept with the gun under his pillow, and bound with a wrist strap.

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* PillowPistol: One story had the title EvilVizier but has Iznogoud buy a set containing a pair of magic shoes, a gun that would make makes their wearer run in a straight line when fired fired, and a "finish" flag that was is the only thing that could can stop the shoes. The night before the big day, Iznogoud slept sleeps with the gun under his pillow, and bound with a wrist strap.
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