- In Les Cousins Dalton, we get to see the second incarnation of the Dalton at their beginning. Here are their original "Wanted posters":
- Wanted: Joe Dalton; 1 dollar 90Wanted: Jack Dalton; 75 centsWanted: William Dalton; a true art plaster objectAverell Dalton: Not Wanted
Averell (pointing at Luke): Hey, what are you doing Jack?! He is the one you are supposed to hit, not me!
- Then we get their first confrontation with Luke, where he easily defeat them without even fighting. Cue them retreating:
Joe: It's not over, Cowboy! We Will Meet Again!Lucky Luke: I sure hope so! It was amusing.
- Toward the end of the issue, Luke starts travelling around the West to get the Dalton, who have decided to split up so they could find him. Having captured Averell, he goes after Jack, who tries to defeat him by cunning, using various disguises to approach Luke and kills him while he doesn't suspect anything. The plan is constantly foiled by Averell, who instantly recognizes his brother and identifies him out loud, ruining the effect of surprise. After around the third attempt, Jack ends up hitting Averell out of frustration:
- In Calamity Jane, Lucky Luke goes to the Saloon to see how Jane is doing. He finds her narrating the tales of her youth to the customers... who think she "knows how to find the good words to make the tale enjoyable":
- Calamity Jane: So those [censored] Sioux attack our [censored] camp! Then I go find the [censored] captain, and I tell him...
Chief: Devour me.Jane: ...What? Eeeeeh... no thanks, I already took lunch...(Luke arrives)Jane: Ah, Luke! Please explain this moron I don't wanna eat him!Chief: Ghost can eat Chief; all I ask is she spares his tribe.Jane: Your tribe?! (to Luke) He overestimates my appetite!
- In the same story, Jane learns to bake for the first time and then makes her customers eat those cakes by pointing her gun at them. The looks on the men's faces tell us very clear how those cakes taste like. One guy who hasn't eat them yet comes up to her, opens his shirt and tells her to shoot him.
- In the next story involving Calamity Jane, she and Luke have to deal with a spreading myth about Calamity Jane being a ghost witch and demoness who eats people. During their trip, they are attacked by Indians, but when they recognize Jane, they run away terrorized. When she starts to go after them out of anger, the Chief decides to stay behind and give his life to save the tribe. Cue the following dialogue:
Luke: Chill out, she is not going to eat you!
- Then at the end, when they go to inform the Wells Fargo head about their success. The poor man is terrorized to see Jane (as the last time she saw him, she demolished his desk and two henchman because her new rifle had gone missing on one of his stagecoaches):
- Almost everything that goes in Rantanplan's head turns out as this.
- Some plots actually qualify as Funny Moments. For example, one book involved a Clan war between two families, who recognize each other through their facial features and systematically shoot at each other whenever they meet each other. The problem is, they both aim incredibly bad, so they constantly fail at killing each others and only end up causing collateral damages.
- In one book, Joe decides that he and his brothers will cover their tracks by using fake names, calling themselves the Jones Brothers: Frank, Louis, Robert and Jim Jones. Needless to say, the others (especially Averell) have a hard time understanding this, and Hilarity Ensues:
- Jack (to an infuriated Joe): Calm down, Frank!William: Wait, no! Joe is Robert! You are Frank!Averell: Wait, then who am I?Joe: The next one who call me Joe is a dead man!Jack: Calm down, What's-his-name!Averell: No, seriously, who am I supposed to be?Joe: You are an idiot!
- Cue William and Jack complaining due to Joe not allowing them to steal anything and begging him to do so just to get decent food:
Joe: No, you idiots!Averell: But I didn't say anything!
- Then when William and Jack try to explain:
Averell: No! I am Idiot! Joe said so!Joe: I TOLD YOU NOT TO CALL ME JOE! (beat him up) You idiot!Averell (to William and Jack): See? Told you!
- And later still, when everyone's still confused about their new names...
Jack: Calm down, Whatsyername...
- In one scene, the Dalton have captured Lucky Luke, but need to find Rantanplan. They decide to temporarily use Luke's help and advice:
- Luke: We need to split up to cover more ground. Joe, go North; Jack, go South; William, go West; Averell, go East.Joe: What about you?Luke: Me? Well, I am following you!Joe: Of course. Don't expect us to be stupid enough to leave you alone here!(all Daltons follow the instructions and leave, each one believing Luke is following one of the others)Luke (alone): They really are dumber than I thought.
- Marcel Dalton trying to have his nephews working in a bank. Cue this bit of dialogue:
- Joe Dalton: Your money! Now!Customer: But I am coming to give it to you, I want to open a credit here!William Dalton: Normally, I should be on the other side, with a weapon!Averell Dalton: Don't you have something to eat?
- One book has a Freud-esque psychologist trying to find criminals as test subjects to prove he can "cure" criminals by dealing with their Freudian issues. Lucky Luke and him go to visit the Jail, where the Warden presents him some of the prisoners. Said prisoners include:
- A man who refused to pay his food, arguing it was lacking salt, and killed everybody in the restaurant. Sentenced to five years for swearing and rude behaviour;
- A man who killed the Governor's brother-in-law. Originally sentenced to death, reduced to three years in jail by the Governor;
- A man who destroyed an entire town, killing twelve thousand people. Sentenced to one year for bothering the neighbours with the noises;
- A man who stole a horse; sentenced to prison for life;
Lucky Luke: Do any of those interest you, professor?Psychologist: Not really, but I'd love to meet their judges.
- Even better is the psychologist's reaction:
- The shrink trips over Rantanplan, who only reacts once he's getting up.
- One book has Lucky Luke escorting a team as they go through a town full of Gambling Addicts. As they enter the saloon:
"I bet you 5 dollars those strangers aren't from the town!"
- A few panels later, Lucky Luke shoots in the air in an attempt to get people's attention. Someone bet his boots that his gun is empty; Luke immediately shoots a few more times. Cue the guy giving his boots to another guy in the next panel.
- "La Ballade des Dalton", Averell's response to the Desert of Thirst:
- "Woulda been worse if it'd been the Desert of Hunger."
- Throughout the movie, Rintincan is convinced that the Daltons stole the jail (they actually blew it up while attempting to dig their way out), so he follows them around intending to capture them. When they reach the Desert of Thirst, this is what he has to say:
"It's gettin' worse, now somebody's stolen the scenery!"
- In one book, Luke is escorting an artist in a town famous for being a place where everybody does nothing but drink and fight. As they approach, the artist suggest to go in a saloon named the Golden Spurr Saloon, but Luke suggests to instead go to the Silver Spun. The reason?
- Luke: Because the Golden Spurr is very, very, very, very, very dangerous.... while the Silver Spun is just very dangerous.
- Les Dalton se Rachètent: a page starts depicts Joe Dalton with elegant clothes and being saluted by several characters after reforming ("How are you doing, Mr. Dalton?" "Good ol' Joe!" "Go say hello to that nice Mr. Dalton"); in short, he's become a well-respected, law-abiding citizen. Cue the next panel, where his siblings wake him from his scream-inducing nightmare.
Averell (still not getting the plan): Joe, I don't get it. Have we become honest men?
Joe: Averell, you being stupid is one thing, but I will not tolerate your using language!
- Tortillas for the Daltons:
Averell: I love exotic food! What do you call this delicious crust around the frijoles?
- The Daltons discover Mexican food:
Espuelas: It's called a terracotta bowl, amigo...
Police Chief: You put a pile of salt on the back of your hand, lick it up, and drink in one gulp... Salud!
- Lucky Luke discovers tequila:
Jack: It'll be interesting to see foreign banks!
- Joe decides to rob a local bank.
William: We'll be like tourists!
Averell: Maybe we'll get to go inside one of their jails! That way, when we get back we'll be able to tell Oxford Bill, who's always bragging about having been to prison in England-
Jack and/or William: (offscreen) Don't strangle him, Joe!
Mook 1: Mì revolver!
- After the Daltons attack the bank (which turned out to be empty, as the only money that passes through there are cock fight bets), the excited banker goes to the cantina to celebrate, as his bank is finally entering the modern business world (and even received advice on what a proper bank should look like from Joe).
- The Daltons train to act like mariachis to infiltrate a landlord's hacienda. Their singing is so bad it drives the bandito teaching them first to tears, then to attempted suicide.
- There's a hilarious scene during their practice where their singing get so bad it ruins the mayonaisse the cook is working on.
- The final shootout:
Mook 2: Mì revolver's trigger!
Mook 3: The finger I use to pull mì revolver's trigger!
Mook 4: Ay! The tequila storage!
- Dalton City
Jolly: No sense questioning it. I've lost track of the story at some point.
- The Daltons catch Luke sneaking around and "forces" him to help them set up shop in the abandoned outlaw town by pretending to be a guest. As such, they have him try out the various services such as the restaurant, the hotel, and, of course, looking after his horse. Jolly Jumper's reaction to William Dalton grooming him is hilarious.
Averell: Gimme my gun, Joe!!Joe: You cant shoot customers for every bad review.
- Luke rejecting Averell's cooking, which turns out to be Averell's Berserk Button.
- Of course, the near-omnivorous Rantanplan loves his food. He also loves the bar of soap Jack Dalton dropped on the floor.
Joe: IF THAT HORSE DOESNT STOP LAUGHING, I'LL TURN IT INTO GLUE!!!
- Joe gains a crush on the madame of a travelling dance troupe, and falls for Luke's "suggestion" that he ask her to marry him (in reality a plot to trick outlaws to come to a fake wedding). While Luke initially suggests William or Jack to be the groom, Joe blushes and stammers that he was thinking about popping the question. Apparently Jolly Jumper finds the whole issue hysterical.
- Why are the Daltons even free in this album? Because the Cardboard Prison they're usually locked up in had hired a telegraph operator that didnt really know morse code, and had interpreted the message to release a mild-mannered inmate named Joe Milton for good behavior as "release Joe DALTON for good behavior". Joe has to be physically thrown out of jail because he finds the idea of being pardoned a personal insult.