Need I say more?
Took itself far too seriously.
The Asterix translations by Anthea Bell and Derek Hockridge were top-notch—it's very difficult to translate humour at the best of times and they really went that extra mile to nail the spirit of the original French. (In one interview, Uderzo even goes so far as to admit that some of the character names Bell and Hockridge came up with were better than the originals, which were usually puns that rarely had anything to do with the characters.)
There's no contest, really. Tintin is just a straightforward "Boys Own Adventure"-type serial, with Tintin a very obvious precursor to the "Indiana Jones" character that Harrison Ford would make famous some decades later. Except it's very po-faced. There's a little humour, but mostly, it's played very straight.
Asterix, on the other hand, is parodic and satirical in nature. It is, to the comic medium, what Terry Pratchett has become in the world of fantasy novels. Unlike Tintin, which has dated badly, the Asterix stories have remained timeless. They're as funny today as they were when they were first published.
Asterix > Tintin. The end. Cue the traditional banquet under the stars, with Cacofonix tied to a tree in the foreground.
.. Asterix knocks him clean out of .. Gaul (with the help of the magic potion, of course)
Don't know how good the English translations are, but even with my very flaky French, the originals are absolutely hilarious. And they haven't dated one iota - I've been a fan since I lived in Bxl (home of TinTin) as a kid. TinTin, on the other hand is so dated it's hard to take sometimes - that sort of casual racism just doesnt' wash these days.
Asterix is a riot. Me and Dad laughing out loud, over 20 years difference. Portuguese translation in the comics (and dubbing in the movies) were impeccable. Some names were changed too, but didnt lose one inch to the originals. When Dad went to France couldn't find any of the original comics, while back in Brazil we had plenty in the bookstores, to our dismay.
Asterix has a whole theme park just outside Paris - loved the books as a kid and still do I found out as we rediscovered them in the parents loft, cue a wasted afternoon reading through a few of them!
Never really liked TinTin and I still drink the English version of Magic Potion thanks to Getafix!
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