In this new volume, Lucky Luke has to clean out a whole city: Fenton Town, so named because, after being abandoned by the pioneers who founded it, it has been taken over by Dean Fenton, a desperado of the worst sort... Fenton Town has become the most depraved city in all of Texas. Lucky Luke makes a short visit to town?just the time needed to put Fenton in prison and chase out the remaining rabble.But soon the Dalton Brothers take up the torch, and, following Fenton's ideas, create... Dalton City, exclusively reserved for gangsters!!! They even capture Lucky Luke and force him to help them...
The story of Robin Hood has made a strong impression on Jesse James, and he would like to become a bandit with a big heart, like his hero. With the help of his brother Frank and his cousin Cole Younger, he decides to steal from the rich and redistribute the loot to the poor... But soon the trio is keeping the stolen money and spreading terror wherever they go. At Nothing Gulch, Lucky Luke is more than ready for them. But will he be able to rid the town of these desperados, when the population, terrorized, does nothing to help him?
This third volume in the collection brings us to the very edge of
absolute greatness, with two later, far more mature solo outings -
Doc Doxey's Elixir (including Manhunt) and Phil Wire (including Lucky
Luke and Pill) were first published in 1955 and 1956, and already
Luke was much closer to the cowboy that we now have in mind -
followed by Rails on the Prairie, the first collaboration between
/> Morris and Goscinny, that would usher in 30 years of a legendary
collaboration. These stories are prefaced by a staggering 46 pages of
extra material - biographies, essays, interviews, illustrations -
that will delight every fan.
Passing through New Orleans, Lucky Luke stumbles upon a heated
argument between two steamboat captains. The argument soon turns into
a wager: whichever boat reaches Minneapolis first after steaming up
the Mississippi will win the exclusive rights to the route. Captain
Barstow quickly invites Luke to travel on his Daisy Belle, fearing
that his opponent will cheat. And while he's not wrong, the biggest
danger to both boats remains Old Man River himself ...
When a former convict at the penitentiary where Rin Tin Can `works'
passes away, he leaves his entire fortune to ... the stupidest dog in
the West! The inheritance includes multiple buildings in Virginia
City, including most of Chinatown, which isn't to everyone's taste.
Even worse, the will states that if anything should happen to Rin Tin
Can, everything would then pass onto ... Joe Dalton. Following the
inevitable escape of the four Daltons, Lucky Luke will have to
protect the canine millionaire!
Calamity Jane saves Lucky Luke from a delicate situation. A friendship is quickly formed, and they arrive together in El Plomo... where Calamity Jane proves by her manners and her strength that she's not a weak woman: She acquires the local saloon by winning an arm-wrestling match! Its ex-owner, August Oyster, is hopping mad and has only one obsession: to send her packing. During this time, Lucky Luke tries to clear up a dark affair involving arms traffic...
At last Lucky Luke is getting a hardback collected edition, with the
first adventures of the Lonesome Cowboy. After 70 years of life and
almost 70 translated volumes, it was high time English-speaking
readers were offered a hardback collected edition. This first volume
contains the first seven adventures of Lucky Luke, previously
published as volumes Arizona, Rodeo and Dick Digger's Gold Mine, and
offers an unrivalled insight into the evolution of the character in
terms of design as well as personality. The extras available make up
a whooping 48 pages of illustrations, photographs, biographies,
essays and anecdotes on Morris and the origins of Luke. A must read
for any true fan of this legend of the West!
Lucky Luke arrives at Navajo City just in time to sign up for the town's big rodeo. But the prize money promised to the winner is attracting some unsavoury types, and among the participating cowboys is one Cactus Kid, an unrepentant bully and outlaw. The clash is inevitable, both in and outside the arena, and Luke will have to fight with his customary aplomb and humour - before riding off to new adventures.
Lucky Luke makes the acquaintance of Ma Dalton at Cactus Junction, and he quickly realizes that the saying, "like mother, like son" has never been so true! Ma is regarded as an eccentric and amusing old lady; for example, she holds up the shopkeepers as she does her shopping. But everything changes when her sons escape from prison and Joe Dalton passes himself off as his mother and starts holding up banks in the area. Lucky Luke, always on the watch, follows the trail of the Dalton family, thanks to Rin tin can...
Plagued by constant bandit attacks, Wells Fargo is falling on hard times. To restore public trust in their services, the company sends one well-publicised stagecoach from Denver to San Francisco. It will have the best "whip" as driver, a motley crew of daring passengers, and?to escort them and a precious cargo of gold?none other than Lucky Luke. A wise precaution, because every desperado in the country will be waiting on the coach's planned route...
Two rival families live in Painful Gulch: the O'Timmins clan, who have big noses, and the O'Haras, who have big ears. They've been fighting for decades and don't even know why anymore. Lucky Luke is appointed mayor in order to bring peace back to the town. But the men and their thick-headed sense of honour will wreck all of Lucky Luke's plans for reconciliation. Our hero must find a solution!
Mulligan's Western circus?his troop, lion and elephant?arrive in town under the escort of Lucky Luke. Zilch, a rich businessman and organizer of the annual grand rodeo, thinks the circus is going to compete with his business and does everything to prevent it from putting on a show. He even engages killer-for-hire Rattlesnake Joe, but in the end his attempts will provide unexpected publicity for the circus. On with the show!
Just as the infamous Daltons are being transferred to a Mexican prison, robbers attack the van and "kidnap" the Daltons without realising it. Disappointed with their booty, they decide to hang the four brothers. In order to save their lives, brother Joe offers to share all his knowledge of organised crime with the leader of the bandits, Don Emilio. Meanwhile, the governor sends Lucky Luke to their rescue...
After the heavily cartoon- and slapstick cinema-inspired first
adventures, Morris turned towards the tradition of Westerns to flesh
out his hero's world. In Under a Western Sky, Lucky Luke versus Pat
Poker and Outlaws there is a lot of Hollywood and John Ford, and
while Luke hasn't quite settled into his current look, he's certainly
closer to the phlegmatic cowboy we know and love. Outlaws also marks
the first appearance of the Daltons - the historical Dalton brothers
here, who will later return as their decidedly stupider cousins.
Throw in 48 pages of extra material on Morris's experience in the
United States, and this is a book you won't want to miss.
1861. Abraham Lincoln orders that the First Transcontinental Telegraph line, currently interrupted between Nevada and Nebraska, be completed. Two teams, one heading east from Carson City and the other west from Omaha, will meet up in Salt Lake City. Lucky Luke joins the eastbound team. But when a $100,000 reward is offered to the first team to arrive, there's suddenly more to fear than the natural obstacles of the journey: A saboteur seems to be at work!
The Daltons escape from a Texas jail and head up to Canada. Lucky Luke is called in to get them back to jail. He and Rintincan, his second faithful companion after Jolly Jumper, follow them all the way to Canada, where Captain Winston Pendergast offers his help.
Lucky Luke must get Billy the Kid to New Mexico so he can be tried and put in jail. They both set out on the road, Lucky Luke assisted by Rin Tin Can. But Bert Malloy has promised the Kid he would set him free...
At the funeral of old Baddy, everybody is moved except Ready, who has waited for the 100-year-old man's death a long time in order to buy his ranch. Unfortunately, the old fellow has an heir, Waldo, a "tenderfoot" who arrives straight from his native England accompanied by his butler Jasper. Two worlds clash: the ancient, so refined, and the new, equally "rustic."
As he roams with his horse Jolly Jumper, always seeking new adventures, Lucky Luke meets two suspicious characters, Denver Miles and Colorado Bill. Together they arrive on the outskirts of a deserted city, Gold Hill, which counts only one inhabitant. The old man, Powell, is the sole survivor of a gold rush that he has not given up on, despite years without success. He continues to work his mine, which Denver and Colorado soon try to take over any way they can. But Lucky Luke, who has taken a liking to the old man, is looking out for him and will save him from many troubles...
A wagon train of Pioneers drives through Nothing Gulch en route to California. Its ill-tempered driver is sent away by the passengers and Lucky Luke is asked to step in and replace him. He accepts, amused by this fun group. When the wagon train moves off again, the trouble begins: a mystery vandal keeps trying to sabotage the expedition. But Lucky Luke needs a lot more than that to make him turn back!
Some strange burglaries take place at each performance of the play "The Dashing White Cowboy" given by the company of W. Baltimore. Simply coincidence? Suspicious, Lucky Luke follows them. Unfortunately, it's he who is accused of theft in every city the actors pass through. After all, he's also a stranger. But despite this series of arrests, Lucky Luke won't let Baltimore and his troupe leave him behind, and he'll clear his name...
The First Transcontinental Railroad is stopped dead near its starting point, both in the East and in the West. Repeated injunctions from the president of the "Transcontinental Railroad" are having no effect: His workers are constantly prevented from working by agents of a mysterious traitor. But Lucky Luke witnesses one of the acts of sabotage and stops it. Soon, he is in charge of security for the entire westward push?and he will have his work cut out for him!
When a huge bounty is posted on a Cheyenne man for the apparent theft of a pedigree horse, the bounty hunter Elliot Belt will stop at nothing to pocket it-not even at triggering a new Indian war if he has to. Lucky Luke must juggle keeping him in check, appeasing the irate Cheyenne, and trying to save the suspected thief from Old West-style summary justice. A cheerful homage to the golden age of Hollywood westerns.
The Cheyenne are convinced that newly-arrived settlers have been killing the buffalo they traditionally depend on. When the Native Americans surround the 20th Cavalry's fort, Lucky Luke realises that someone who bears a grudge against Colonel McStraggle has conveniently provided them with firearms. Worse, the traitor also knows the layout of the fort. Lucky Luke does his best to try and break the deadlock before the soldiers starve. As in other "Lucky Luke" volumes, readers discover different aspects of the United States' conquest of the Wild West.