June 22, 2012

Lucky Luke Celebrated in Istanbul

One of the most popular comic books in continental Europe (and in Turkey), Lucky Luke is at once an affectionate look at the American Wild West and a parody of its depiction in pop culture. Lucky Luke himself is a cowboy, though he’s hardly seen herding any animals: He is better known for his way with his gun, “shooting faster than his shadow,” as he tries to make the Wild West a better place. He is the epitome of the lonesome cowboy, setting off into sunset toward an unknown place at the end of each adventure, riding Jolly Jumper (“Düldül” to Turkish readers), “the smartest horse in the world,” and the only consistent company he ever has.

Lucky Luke is quite the celebrity himself, having become acquainted some of famous historical Western figures in his adventures, such as Calamity Jane, Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, Jesse James’s gang, and even Mark Twain. He was there when the first transcontinental telegraph was built, and for the land run for the unassigned territories of Oklahoma. He also had the honor of meeting legendary French actress Sarah Bernhardt on one of her tours.

The exhibition “Lucky Luke in Istanbul” (“Red Kit İstanbul’da”) is open for perusal by comic book fans in the heart of Istanbul, at the Yapı Kredi Culture Center. The exhibition, curated by Didier Pasamonik, a Belgian publisher, journalist and curator, as well as an acclaimed expert on comics, welcomes visitors through a revolving bar door reminiscent of the Wild West.

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