Lucky Luke started out on his career in the stables of Dupuis (den Haag, Bruxelles). The first two books were of a later date than the third; obviously, Lucky was such a hit that a market was created for preceding efforts which had remained unpublished before; their panel numbers were repeated in the first published book. All in all, Dupuis published 30 titles.
The Belgian Cowboy
Somewhat after 1970 Dargaud (Bruxelles) took over and started numbering anew from no. 1. As far as I know, they published 29 albums. The name Dargaud also appears on books published by Amsterdam Boek.
Finally, I have 1 album that was published by Lucky Productions, Geneva. Checking recently, it looks like the strip must have gone on beyond that; I'll try to update.
One problem is that all publishers had a habit of copyrighting anew for every reprint (not such a bad idea either) which makes it hard to find out exactly when a title first appeared. A further complication is that the panels have been numbered in an order different from the strip album numbers.
Without going too far, a joke is a joke, I collected all info on dates I could find. I translated the titles and checked the English-language editions I could find. Morris, however, especially for a speaker of French, had a very English turn of mind and I should be reasonably close.
Somebody take it from here! Please?
As you can see below, Morris was not above recycling his "The End" titles. I had a lot of fun finding similarities and will not deprive you of that pleasure, if you are so inclined. I only mention the very last frame (L01 - Spokenjacht) which contains a mistake ("a long ways from home"); but the same one had been used already in (DA27 Nytroglycerine) - where it had been corrected; and pretty sloppily obvious, too.
Some of the thumbnails give access to a larger version; mainly those with an irregular format or combinations of several stories in one album.
The links to Amazon Deutschland are to German titles; the rest are to English translations. There must be more; you can always search Amazon.
# last frame
Dupuis title in English year panel #s author(s) 1 Dick Digger's goudmijn Dick Digger's Gold Mine 1947 1-25 Morris [untitled] Mad Jim 1947 26-50 Morris 2 Rodeo Rodeo 1948 51-89 Morris Goudrush naar Buffalo Creek Gold Rush to Buffalo Creek 1948 90-108 Morris 3 Arizona Arizona 1945/6 1-20 Morris [untitled] 1-pager - 2X Morris [untitled] 1-pager - 27 Morris tegen Cesar Sigaret Versus Cesar Cigarette 1949 110-126 Morris 4 Joe Kruitdamp Gunsmoke Joe - 126-142 Morris De lasso knalt! The Lasso Cracks! - 143?-153? Morris Harde knoesten Hard Fists - 154-170 Morris 5 Contra Pat Poker Versus Pat Poker - 171-248 Morris 6 Vogelvrij The Outlaws - 191-224 Morris De terugkeer van de Daltons The Return of the Daltons - 225-258 Morris 7 Dr. Doxey's Elixir The Elixir of Dr. Doxey - 259-302 Morris 8 Phil IJzerdraad Phil the Wire 1953 303-337 Morris "De Pil" "The Pill" - 338-346 Morris 9 Spoorweg door de prairie Railroad through the Prairie - 347-390 Morris & R.G. 10 Blauwvoeten op het oorlogspad Blue Feet on the Warpath - 391-434 Morris 11 Bende van Joss Jamon The Joss Jamon Gang - 435-478 Morris De neven Dalton The Dalton Nephews - 479-522 Morris 13 De rechter The Judge - 523-466 Morris 14 De trek naar Oklahoma The Oklahoma Trail - 1A-44B Morris 15 De Daltons breken uit The Daltons Break Out - - Morris 16 Bootrace op de Mississippi
Obviously inspired by Mark Twain's Life on the Mississippi
Boat Race on the Mississippi
Even while there are many Lucky Luke albums on the opening of the West, Morris somehow missed that most pioneers arrived there by boat. The development of steam engines was a prime factor in How the West Was Won.
- - Morris 17 In het spoor van de Daltons On the Track of the Daltons - - Morris 18 In de schaduw der boortorensAnd now, off to Texas
where there's no oil yet!Let's hurry!
In the Shade of the Derricks - - Morris 19 Naijver in Painful Gulch Rivalry in Painful Gulch - - Morris & Goscinny 20 Billy the Kid [You'll never guess!] - - Morris & Goscinny 21 De zwarte heuvels The Black Hills - - Morris & Goscinny 22 De Daltons in the blizzard The Daltons in the Blizzard - - Morris & Goscinny 23
De Daltons op vrije voeten The Daltons at Large - - Morris & Goscinny 24 De karavaan The Wagon Train - - Morris & Goscinny 25
De spookstad Ghost Town - - Morris & Goscinny 26 De Daltons kopen zich vrij The Daltons Buy Freedom - - Morris & Goscinny 27 Het 20e cavalerie The 20th Cavalry - - Morris & Goscinny 28 Het escorte The Escort - - Morris & Goscinny 29 Prikkeldraad door de prairie Barbed Wire in the Prairie - - Morris & Goscinny 30 Calamity Jane Calamity Jane
[tough to translate!]
Also an animated movie
- - Morris & Goscinny 31 Tortillas voor de Daltons Tortillas for the Daltons - - Morris & Goscinny
# Dargaud title in English year author(s) 1 De postkoets The Stage Coach
Morris & Goscinny 2 Tenderfoot Tenderfoot [All these are so hard to translate!]
Morris & Goscinny 3 Dalton City Dalton City
Morris & Goscinny 4 Jesse James Jesse James
Morris & Goscinny 5 Western circus Western Circus
Morris & Goscinny 6 Apache Canyon Apache Canyon Morris & Goscinny 7 Ma Dalton Ma Dalton
Morris & Goscinny 8
(click to see all 3 last frames)
Alle begin is moeilijk
The Rice War
Morris & Goscinny 9 De premiejager The Bounty Hunter Morris & Goscinny 10 De grootvorst The Grand Prince Morris & Goscinny 11 De erfenis van Rataplan Rataplan's Heritage Morris & Goscinny 12 De witte ridder The Dashing White Cowboy
Morris & Goscinny 13 De genezing van de Daltons The Daltons Get Cured Morris & Goscinny 14 Zijne keizerlijke hoogheid Smith His Imperial Highness Smith Morris & Goscinny 15 Zeven korte verhalen Seven Short Stories
click on picture to see all 7
Morris & Goscinny 16 De zingende draad The Singing Wire Morris & Goscinny 17 De ballade van de Daltons The Ballad of the Daltons Morris & Goscinny 18 De schat van de Daltons The Treasure of the Daltons Morris 19
(click to get all 7 last frames)
De strop van de gehangene en andere verhalen The Hangman's Noose and other stories Morris 20 De eenarmige bandiet The One-Armed Bandit Morris 21 Sarah Bernhardt Sarah Bernhardt Morris, X. Fauche & J. Léturgie 22 Daisy Town Daisy Town Morris & Goscinny 23 Fingers Fingers Morris & Lo Hartog van Banda 24 De Daily Star The Daily Star Morris, X. Fauche & J. Léturgie 25
(click to read the song text)
De verloofde van Lucky Luke The Fiancee of Lucky Luke
Morris & Guy Vidal 26
(click to see all 4 last frames)
De duivelsranch; de waarzegster;
het standbeeld; de waterbaan
The Devil's Ranch; the Fortune Teller;
The Statue; the Water Course
Morris, X. Fauche & J. Léturgie
- Claude Guylouï -
27 Nytroglycerine Nitroglycerin Morris & Lo Hartog van Banda 28
Het alibi; Athletic City;
Ole Daltonitos; Een paard verdwijnt
The Alibi; Athletic City;
Olé Daltonitos; A Horse Disappears
Morris & Claude Guylouï 29
De pony express The Pony Express
Morris & Lo Hartog van Banda
Lucky Productions title translated title year author(s) 1
Spokenjacht The Ghost Hunt 1992 Morris & Lo Hertog van Banda
The End of the Affair
The following books never appeared on the Dutch market
as far as I know they were published in French and German
Les Daltons à la noce
High Noon in Hadley City
Morris X. Fauche
1993 Le pont sur le Mississippi
Die Brücke am ol'man river
Morris X. Fauche
1994 Belle Starr Morris X. Fauche 1995 Le Klondike
1996 OK Corral Morris X. Fauche
1996 Marcel Dalton Morris Bob de Groot 1998 Oklahoma Jim Morris
J. LéturgieX. Fauche
1996 Le Prophète
Morris Patrick Nordmann 2000 L'artiste peintre
Morris Bob de Groot 2001 La Légende de l'Ouest
Eine Wildwest Legende
Morris Patrick Nordmann 2002 Lucky Kid
Am Fluss der rosa Biber
Goodbye now, my Friend...
1953: I am pretty sure of that date as that was when George Stevens's Shane, with among others Jack Palance, was released in the U.S.A. At that time, it easily took over 6 months for the European release to follow. (back)
I stop listing panel numbers from Dupuis #14 (The Oklahoma Trail) as they all are essentially the same in all albums. (back)
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