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|Date of publication||1966|
|Preceded by||Le Vingtième de cavalerie (1965)|
|Followed by||Des barbelés sur la prairie, (1967)|
L'Escorte is a Lucky Luke adventure written by Goscinny and illustrated by Morris. It is the twenty eighth book in the series and It was originally published in French in 1966. It was published in English in 2009 by Cinebook under the title The Escort.
Four years after the great clash between Lucky Luke and Billy the Kid resulting in a 1200+ year prison sentence for Billy, Luke is asked to escort Billy to New Mexico to face trial for the crimes he committed there. However, Billy's enduring reputation and his repeated attempts at escape - mostly with the inept assistance of felon Bert Malloy - offer Luke and Jolly Jumper their fair share of excitement on the way.
- Billy the Kid: One of the most fearsome bandits in the west, despite his childish attitudes.
- Bert Malloy: Bandit met in prison by Billy, who will ally with him, for a share of Billy's (non-existent) 'stash'.