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This article is about the comic book and TV series. For the mobster, see Lucky Luciano.
Lucky Luke is a Franco-Belgian comics series created by Morris, and over period written by René Goscinny. Set in the American Old West, it stars the titular character, Lucky Luke, the cowboy known to shoot faster than his shadow.
Along with The Adventures of Tintin and Asterix, Lucky Luke is one of the most popular and best-selling comic-book series in continental Europe, but unlike Tintin and Astérix, despite its popularity in Canada, only a handful of the series' adventures have been translated into English.

Publication history
Luke, drawing a gun faster than his shadow, fights crime and injustice, most often in the form of the bumbling Dalton brothers, Joe, William, Jack and Averell (each one being taller and dumber than the previous one). He rides Jolly Jumper, "the smartest horse in the world". He is often seen with Rantanplan, "the stupidest dog in the universe", whose name is a reference to Rin Tin Tin. A cigarette was constantly on Lucky Luke's lips in the early stories, but in 1983, in response to the growing anti-smoking campaign, Morris replaced the cigarette with a piece of straw, which earned him recognition from the World Health Organization.
In the albums, Luke meets many factual Western figures like Calamity Jane, Billy the Kid, Judge Roy Bean and Jesse James's gang, and takes part in historical endeavors such as guarding of Wells Fargo stagecoaches, the Pony Express, the building of the first transcontinental telegraph, and the Rush into the Unassigned Lands of Oklahoma.
At the end of each story, except the earliest, Lucky Luke rides off alone into the sunset, singing (in English) "I'm a poor lonesome cowboy, and a long way from home...".

Plot summary


1. La Mine d'or de Dick Digger, Dupuis, 1949 (Dick Digger's Gold Mine)
2. Rodéo, Dupuis, 1949
3. Arizona, Dupuis, 1951
4. Sous le ciel de l'Ouest, Dupuis, 1952 (Under the Western Sky)
5. Lucky Luke contre Pat Poker, Dupuis, 1953 (Lucky Luke versus Pat Poker)
6. Hors-la-loi, Dupuis, 1954 (Outlaw)
7. L'Élixir du Dr Doxey, Dupuis, 1955 (Dr Doxey's Elixir)
8. Lucky Luke contre Phil Defer, Dupuis, 1956 (Lucky Luke versus Phil Defer - the name Phil Defer a French play on Fil de Fer, Iron Wire)
10. Alerte aux Pieds Bleus, Dupuis, 1958 (Beware of the Bluefoots) By Morris & Goscinny

47. Le Magot des Dalton, Dargaud, 1980, by Vicq (The Daltons' Loot)
48. Le Bandit manchot, Dargaud, 1981, by Bob de Groot (The One-Armed Bandit)
49. Sarah Bernhardt, Dargaud, 1982, by Jean Léturgie and Xavier Fauche
52. Fingers, Dargaud, 1983, by Lo Hartog Van Banda
53. Le Daily Star, Dargaud, 1983, by Jean Léturgie and Xavier Fauche (The Daily Star)
54. La Fiancée de Luky Luke, Dargaud, 1985, by Guy Vidal (Lucky Luke's Fiancee)
56. Le Ranch maudit, Dargaud, 1986, by Jean Léturgie, Xavier Fauche and Claude Guylouis (The Cursed Ranch)
57. Nitroglycérine, Dargaud, 1987, by Lo Hartog Van Banda
58. L'Alibi, Dargaud, 1987, by Claude Guylouis (The Alibi)
59. Le Pony Express, Dargaud, 1988], by Jean Léturgie and Xavier Fauche (The Pony Express)
60. L'Amnésie des Dalton, Lucky Productions, 1991, by Jean Léturgie and Xavier Fauche (The Daltons' Amnesia)
61. Chasse aux fantômes, Lucky Productions, 1992, by Lo Hartog Van Banda (Ghosthunt)
62. Les Dalton à la noce, Lucky Productions, 1993, by Jean Léturgie and Xavier Fauche (The Daltons at a Wedding)
63. Le Pont sur le Mississippi, Lucky Productions, 1994, by Jean Léturgie and Xavier Fauche (Bridge Over The Mississippi)
64. Belle Star, Lucky Productions, 1995, by Xavier Fauche
65. Le Klondike, Lucky Productions, 1996, by Yann and Jean Léturgie (The Klondike)
66. O.K. Corral, Lucky Productions, 1997, by Eric Adam and Xavier Fauche
67. Marcel Dalton, Lucky Productions, 1998, by Bob de Groot
68. Le Prophète, Lucky Comics, 2000, by Patrick Nordmann (The Prophet)
69. L'Artiste peintre, Lucky Comics, 2001, by Bob de Groot (The Painter)
70. La Légende de l'Ouest, Lucky Comics, 2002, by Patrick Nordmann (The Legend Of The West) Various writers

71. La Belle Province, Lucky Comics, 2004 (The Beautiful Country)
72. La Corde au cou, Lucky Comics, 2006 (Rope On The Neck) Lucky Luke By Achdé & Gerra

The Stagecoach, Knight Books (UK), 1976
Apache Canyon, Knight Books (UK), 1977
The Stage Coach, Dargaud USA, 1980s; Fantasy Flight (US) 1990s
The Greenhorn, Dargaud USA, 1980s
Dalton City, Dargaud USA, 1980s
Jesse James, Dargaud USA, 1980s; Fantasy Flight (US) 1990s
Western Circus, Dargaud USA, 1980s
Ma Dalton, Dargaud USA, 1980s
The Dalton Brothers' Analyst, also Curing the Daltons, Dargaud Canada, 1982
The Dalton Brothers Memory Game, Ravette books (UK), 1991
Calamity Jane, Glo'worm (UK), 1998
Dalton City, Glo'worm (UK), 1998
Ma Dalton, Glo'worm (UK), 1999
Jesse James, Glo'worm (UK), 1998
The Tenderfoot, Glo'worm (UK), 1999
Western Circus, Glo'worm (UK), 2000
The Dashing White Cowboy, Glo'worm (UK), 2000
1. Billy the Kid, Cinebook Ltd, 2006, ISBN 1905460112
2. Ghost Town, Cinebook Ltd, 2006, ISBN 1905460120
3. Dalton City, Cinebook Ltd, 2006, ISBN 1905460139
4. Jesse James, Cinebook Ltd, 2006, ISBN 1905460147
5. In the Shadow of the Derricks, Cinebook Ltd, 2007, ISBN 1905460171
6. Ma Dalton, Cinebook Ltd, 2007, ISBN 9781905460182
7. Barbed Wire on the Prairie, Cinebook Ltd, 2007, ISBN 9781905460243
8. Calamity Jane, Cinebook Ltd, 2007, ISBN 9781905460250
9. The Wagon Train, Cinebook Ltd, 2008, announced
10. Tortillas for the Daltons, Cinebook Ltd, 2008, announced
11. Western Circus, Cinebook Ltd, 2008, announced
12. The Rivals of Painful Gulch, Cinebook Ltd, 2008, announced English translations

Lucky Luke in other media
Three theatrical animated films were created. In 1990, Disney released one of them, The Ballad of the Daltons, on VHS. In addition to the theatrical animated movies, there was also an animated Lucky Luke television series: In 1983, Hanna-Barbera studios and Morris released 26 episodes, and in 1991, 26 more episodes were released. In 2001, Xilam produced a new series of 52 episodes known as Les Nouvelles aventures de Lucky Luke (Lucky Luke's new adventures). It is now available on 8 DVDs with French and English audio tracks. This series also featured colonel Custer who is an Indian-hater and a dwarf.

In the early 1990s, two films and a television series starring Terence Hill as Lucky Luke were produced. In 2004 a film titled Les Dalton featured Til Schweiger as Lucky Luke.
Yves Marmion and UGC, the producers of Les Dalton, are currently developing a 20M€ stand-alone Lucky Luke feature, starring Jean Dujardin as the gunslinger, according to

Lucky Luke Video games

Roy Bean
Sarah Bernhardt
Billy the Kid
Black Bart
Buffalo Bill
Ike Clanton
Old Man Clanton
Dalton Gang
Edwin Drake
James B. Eads
Wyatt Earp, Virgil Earp, Morgan Earp
Horace Greeley
Hatfield & McCoy
Rutherford B. Hayes
Doc Holliday
Frank James
Jesse James
Calamity Jane
Abraham Lincoln
George Maldon
Joshua Norton
Isaac C. Parker
Frederic Remington
Mattie Silks
Soapy Smith
Belle Starr
Mark Twain
Adolphe & Arthur Caille

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