- 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? Eeeee... 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 acts terrorized to see Jane:
- 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 Joes Brother: 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!
- 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. Was originally sentenced to death, but the Governor reduced it to three years in jail;
- 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: Does any of those interest you, professor?Psychologist: Not really, but I'd love to have a word with their judges.
- Even better is the psychologist's reaction:
- 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; 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.