The Grand Duke (Lucky Luke)

Le Grand Duc is a Lucky Luke adventure written by Goscinny and illustrated by Morris. It is the fortieth book in the series and it was originally published in French in the year 1973. The story is loosely based on The Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich of Russia, who undertook a tour of America in 1870-1871.

The Grand Duke
Cover of the French edition
SeriesLucky Luke
Creative team
Original publication
Published inPilote
Date of publication1973
Preceded byThe Dalton Cousins
Followed byThe Daltons' Escape


The Russian Grand Duke Leonid pays a diplomatic visit to the United States, but in order for an important treaty to be completed, he first wants to have a recreational trip through the West, complete with bandits and Indian attacks! Lucky Luke is assigned as a bodyguard to the duke, who is quickly targeted by all sorts of villainous persons — first and foremost a Russian anarchist who tries his best (or his worst) to assassinate the Grand Duke.


  • Grand Duke Leonid: A huge aristocrat, on a diplomatic visit to the U.S.
  • His adviser: Speaks slightly imperfect English (referring to a horse as a "horseradish").
  • Russian anarchist: An un-named anarchist who repeatedly tries to kill the Duke, without success. His attempts are never even noticed by the people targeted.

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