Delightful deck made by Boechat Freres c.1981 for Dargaud, featuring the famous “Lucky Luke” cartoon drawn by Maurice de Bevere, a Belgian cartoonist more generally known as “Morris.” The Lucky Luke cartoons are on the Jokers, Aces and court cards.
Wikipedia’s description of the “Lucky Luke” series includes the following:
“Lucky Luke is a Belgian comics series created by Belgian cartoonist Maurice De Bevere, better known as Morris, and for one 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, Johan and Peewit, The Smurfs and Asterix, Lucky Luke is one of the most popular and best-selling comic-book series in continental Europe. About half of the series' adventures have been translated into English. Lucky Luke comics have been translated into 23 languages, including many European languages, some African and Asian languages.
“Although always described as a cowboy, Luke generally acts as a righter of wrongs or bodyguard of some sort, where he excels thanks to his resourcefulness and incredible gun prowess. A recurring task is that of capturing bumbling gangsters the Dalton brothers, Joe, William, Jack and Averell. He rides Jolly Jumper, "the smartest horse in the world" and is often accompanied by Rantanplan, "the stupidest dog in the universe", a spoof of Rin Tin Tin.
“Luke meets many historical Western figures like Calamity Jane, Billy the Kid, Judge Roy Bean and Jesse James's gang, and takes part in events such as the guarding of Wells Fargo stagecoaches, the Pony Express, the building of the First Transcontinental Telegraph, the Rush into the Unassigned Lands of Oklahoma, and a tour by French actress Sarah Bernhardt. 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-late-19th century. For example, in the album Daily Star, Lucky Luke meets a young Horace Greeley, prior to his moving to New York. Although no year is mentioned in the album, this story must take place c. 1830, since the real Horace Greeley moved to New York in 1831. Judge Roy Bean, who was appointed judge in 1882, appears in another album, taking place some fifty years later – and in another album, Lucky Luke takes part in the 1892 Coffeyville shootout against theDalton Gang. Lucky Luke himself appears unchanged in all stories.
“Except at the very early comics where he shoots and Kills Mad Jim, Phil Defer 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.
“At the end of each story, except the earliest, Lucky Luke rides off alone into the sunset on Jolly Jumper, singing (in English) ‘I'm a poor lonesome cowboy, and a long way from home...’”
The deck has 52 suited cards, plus 2 Jokers, plus an extra card. The cards are bridge size, measuring 87mm x 57, but the stock used is thicker than normal – like many decks made by Boechat Freres. The cards come in a plastic box that is an excellent fit, but may not be original.
The cards are in excellent condition. They have been handled and because of the thickness and stiffness of the stock, there are very light, very slight internal creases on a handful of them. These do not show in photos, or even upon a viewing of the cards, but are revealed by a close inspection. The box is clouded with scratches.
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