“ Genre: Graphic Novels / Comics / Author: Rene Goscinny / Hardcover / 46 Pages / Book is published 1976-06 by Intl Learning Systems „
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In French speaking countries Lucky Luke is as popular as Asterix and Tintin, but due to unavailability this hasn't happened in the UK. Now that this series in being gradually issued by glo'worm maybe this state of affairs will begin to change. As all Lucky Luke books, and as the book cleverly explains at the end, this is very loosely based on reality in this case the Dalton Gang who terrorised the West in the late 1800's. In this book the Daltons are turned into comic adversarys with 4 brothers increasing in size from the mean half pint Joe Dalton via Jack and William to tall and dopey Averell. These charactors repeat in several other books dure to the sherer comic potential built into them. The plot itself: Joe Dalton is mistakely released from prison ,due to early problems with understanding Morse code, and breaks the rest of the boys out. They escape to a ghost town which they proceed to tart up so that it becomes the only place a bandit can be seen. Lucky Luke tracks them to the town, now christened Dalton City and is taken prisoner. Whilst prisoner he takes his chance to have fun with the Daltons by matchmaking Joe and William to the same chorous girl and teaching Averel how (not to) cook. On the night of the grand opening, admission only with a wanted poster, he breaks free and with the help of the calvery arrest all the bandits. In terms of humour this is a lot less obvious than Asterix with the humour derived from the plot itself rather than clever wordplay punning; and artwise is very clearly drawn rather than the rounded pictures of Asterix. A well written and drawn funny book
A Lucky Luke adventure.