Jolly Jumper

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Jolly Jumper
Publication information
First appearanceArizona 1880 (1946)
Created byMorris
In-story information

Jolly Jumper is a horse character in the Franco-Belgian comics series Lucky Luke, created by Belgian artist Morris. Described as "the smartest horse in the west" and able to perform tasks such as chess-playing and tightrope walking, Jolly Jumper accompanies his cowboy in their travels across the Wild West, and delivers frequent quips.[1][2][additional citation(s) needed] In the Greek version of the series, Jolly Jumper is female and is called "Dolly". In the Turkish Version the character is called "Düldül".

First appearance of Lucky Luke and Jolly Jumper in Arizona 1880 (1946)

Publication history[edit]

Jolly Jumper first appeared alongside Lucky Luke in the story Arizona 1880, published in the Almanach issue of the Franco-Belgian comics magazine Spirou on December 7, 1946.[3] In his earlier appearances, he was more like a real horse, which started to change after René Goscinny became the series' main writer.[citation needed]

Analysis and reception[edit]

The absurdity of the intelligent talking horse Jolly Jumper juxtaposed against the appearances of many real historical figures has been described as contributing to the humor and charm of the comic series.[2][4][5]

Nándor Bokor described Jolly Jumper as the "true soulmate" of the main character Lucky Luke.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Zan, Martha (2010). "Westerns (Comics)". In Booker, M. Keith (ed.). Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels. Vol. 2. ABC Clio. p. 692. ISBN 9780313357466.
  2. ^ a b LaGayette, Pierre (2014). "Visions of the West in Lucky Luke Comics: From Cliché to Critique". In Miller, Cynthia J.; Van Riper, A. Bowdoin (eds.). International Westerns: Re-Locating the Frontier. Scarecrow Press. pp. 89–93. ISBN 978-0-8108-9287-3.
  3. ^ BDoubliées. "Spirou année 1946" (in French).
  4. ^ a b Bokor, Nándor (2015). "Lucky Luke—the man who shoots faster than his shadow". Physics Education. 50 (6): 733–740. doi:10.1088/0031-9120/50/6/733. S2CID 124661838. Retrieved September 9, 2022.
  5. ^ Grove, Laurence F. (2005). "Lucky Luke". In Marshall, Bill (ed.). France and the Americas - Culture, Politics, and History. ABC Clio. p. 747. ISBN 978-1851094110.

Further reading[edit]

  • Delhay, Corinne; Meyer, Jean-Paul (2013). "Jolly Jumper, calembouriste à tous crins". In Gettliffe, Nathalie; Meyer, Jean-Paul (eds.). Dans la carrière des mots (PDF) (in French). Université de Strasbourg. pp. 251–266. ISBN 978-2-35410-060-5.
  • Garric, Henri (2021). "Reprise et reproduction dans deux versions contemporaines de Lucky Luke". In Bell, Kirsty; Kaenel, Philippe (eds.). Reproducing Images and Texts / La Reproduction Des Images Et Des Textes. Word and Image Interactions. IAWIS. pp. 321–327. ISBN 978-90-04-46832-0.

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