is a Franco-Belgian Western comic series originally written by Jean-Michel Charlier and illustrated by Jean Giraud (a.k.a. Moebius
). The title character is a veteran of the The American Civil War
who was later sent to the Wild West
. Born Michael Donovan, he later changed his name to evade prosecution for a crime he was framed for.
When creating the series, Giraud was inspired by the time he had spent in the American West in the 1950s. The physical appearance of the character himself is based on French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo. Already fairly realistic in the first episodes, the series took advantage of loosened censorship laws in 1968 to get Darker and Edgier
, with more overt depictions of violence and sexuality. In 1973, Giraud decided to redefine himself as Moebius, leaving the series to Colin Wilson (not to be confused with the British writer), who then passed it on to Michel Blanc-Dumont. Giraud later came back to Blueberry
as a scenarist, and after Charlier's death in 1989, took over writing duties.
A film adaptation
was directed by Jan Kounen in 2004, focusing on Blueberry's experimentation with Native American shamanism and trance-inducing drugs.
Contains examples of the following tropes:
- The Alcoholic: McClure.
- The American Civil War
- Animal Assassin: Interesting case. When Luckner is captured by Walley Blunt, and forced to find his gold since Walley withholds water from him, he eventually uses a concealed, live rattlesnake to kill him, and since he was unarmed, and Walley had extreme (justified) distrust of him, this was actually the only viable option to prevent his own death. Not a Complexity Addiction this time.
- Beauty Equals Goodness: Subverted with the appropriately-named Angel Face, a Bishōnen Psycho for Hire. In a case of Laser-Guided Karma, he ends up disfigured.
- Clear My Name: At least he gets blamed for crimes more than once...
- Comic Book Fantasy Casting: The early version of the character closely resembles Jean-Paul Belmondo.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: The comic takes a dark turn, and our hero loses his charmingly curling locks.
- Femme Fatale: Chihuahua Pearl.
- General Failure / Politically Incorrect Villain: Blueberry usually has to deal with one of these every so often, often trying to make sure they don't end up riling the Native Americans for no damn reason.
- General Allister did the above by declaring war on the Indian tribes, right after Blueberry had signed a peace treaty. His army would be completely annihilated by said Indian tribes if it wasn't for Blueberry's actions.
- Line-of-Sight Name: Blueberry's choice of assumed name came on the spur of the moment.
- Protagonist Title
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Rattlesnakes turn up form time ot time in the main series, each time screwing everything even more for the heroes. Shall we sum it up?
- In Fort Navajo, probably the straightest example to date, a rattlesnake turns up for less than half a page, but kills Colonel Dickson, after which the racist Major Bascom gets in charge of the peace negotiations with the natives, causing him to betray them and try to capture the chieftains, after which the apache declares statewide war against the Americans, leading the Mexican governor of Chihuahua to supply them with weapons, in order to drive the Americans out of Texas, and take it for Mexico to become Mexican president. Yes, had it not been for that snake, all of this would never had happened.
- A rattlesnake turns up again to be used as the above Animal Assassin, used against Walley by Luckner.
- And again, Governor Emilliano Lopez from Chihuahua, uses tied up snakes pursuing captives form horseback as a torture method, used against Blueberry.
- Rollercoaster Mine: In "La Piste des Navajos", Blueberry and McClure ride a chariot out of a collapsing mine.
- Shout-Out : Corporal Blutch and Sergeant Chesterfield of Les Tuniques Bleues make an appearance in one album.
- Spinoff Babies: A separate series relates Blueberry's years as a young soldier during the The American Civil War.
- Trippy Finale Syndrome: The film adaptation climaxes with a drug-induced trance.
- Theme Naming: in universe, Eggskull names his dogs after biblical figures of evil. The first two are named Gog and Magog, the third one is named Baal.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Cole Timbley and Walley Blunt, two secondary villains form The Lost Dutchmans Mine, and The Ghost Fires Golden Bullets, repeatedly interspeaks with each other during conversations, finishes each others sentences, asks each others opinions, and gives the other right. However, when Blueberry shoots Cole in self-defense, Walley steps into action as a much more competent villain, actually matching Luckner, although eventually getting killed by him.
- The Western
- Artistic License - History : The album Trois Hommes Pour Atlanta features a monk. Seriously.