He rides Jolly Jumper , "the smartest horse in the world" and is often accompanied by prison guard dog Rantanplan , "the stupidest dog in the universe", a spoof of Rin Tin Tin. Some of the books feature a one-page article on the background to the events featured. Goscinny once said that he and Morris tried to base the Lucky Luke adventures on real events whenever possible, but that they would not let the facts get in the way of a funny story. The chronology of the albums is deliberately murky, and in most albums no particular year is given. The villains and incidental characters based on real persons lived over most of the mid-to-lateth century.
Judge Roy Bean , who was appointed judge in , appears in another album, and in another album yet, Lucky Luke takes part in the Coffeyville shootout against the Dalton gang. Lucky Luke himself appears unchanged in all stories. Except in the first few stories, where he shoots and kills Mad Jim and the old Dalton brothers gang in Coffeeville, Luke is never seen to kill anyone, preferring to disarm people by shooting weapons out of their hands. Phil Defer was killed in the first publication in Le Moustique , but in the later album collection, this was changed into a debilitating shoulder wound.
In the final panel of each story, except the earliest, Lucky Luke rides off alone on Jolly Jumper into the sunset, singing in English "I'm a poor lonesome cowboy, and a long way from home Morris, who had been criticized over Lucky Luke's cigarette for a long time, answered his critics: "the cigarette is part of the character's profile, just like the pipe of Popeye or Maigret ". Morris received an award from the World Health Organization in for replacing Luke's omnipresent cigarette with a wisp of straw in the story Fingers In the story Le Pont sur le Mississippi The Bridge Over the Mississippi , he is seen rolling a cigarette again, although he claims it was just to hide his boredom.
And in Sarah Bernhardt , when Bernhardt's cook lights a fire to make a cake, despite Luke's strict orders not to, Luke is seen rolling a cigarette in an irate mood. He then strikes a match, only for it to be blown out by Jolly Jumper, who reminds him of his own "no fire" orders. A spin-off series called Rantanplan starring Luke's dimwitted canine sidekick began in It has been written over the years by several successive teams of writers and artists.
The character also got a episode animated television series in A second spin-off series called Kid Lucky was designed in , aimed at attracting a younger readership. This starred Luke as a little boy, a format that had been very popular with Spirou. Two albums starring this version of the character were released as part of the main series: Kid Lucky and Oklahoma Jim.
The series was scrapped due to poor sales and the two albums removed from the official list of Lucky Luke albums. Apart from the collections mentioned below, Lucky Luke comics were published in British comic book magazines such as Film Fun Comic or Giggle in The Giggle version had Luke's name changed to "Buck Bingo". Brockhampton Press Ltd, Leicester, began publishing the books in hardcover and softcover, with six titles from to , translated by Frederick W Nolan.
Cinebook Ltd have been publishing English language translations of Lucky Luke since One new volume is released every two months. Knight Books UK.
Ravette Books UK. Glo'worm UK. Eurokids India. The French company Xilam produced a theatrical animated film,. The live-action Italian television series, Lucky Luke , also known as The Adventures of Lucky Luke , was based on the films of the previous year, and again starred Terence Hill.
This series also featured Colonel Custer who in this incarnation is an Indian-hater and a dwarf. Over the years, several Lucky Luke video games have been released for many platforms, most of them by Infogrames ,  and only released in Europe the only ones released for the North American market were the Game Boy Color and PlayStation versions. In the Belgian Comic Strip Center in Brussels the permanent exhibition brings homage to the pioneers of Belgian comics , among them Morris. In the room dedicated to his work the entry has saloon doors and Luke's shadow can be seen on the floor and on the wall.
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