is a fictional horse
character in the Franco-Belgian comics
series Lucky Luke
, created by Belgian
. Described as "the smartest horse in the world" and able to perform tasks such as chess
-playing and tightrope walking
, Jolly Jumper accompanies his master in their travels across the Wild West
, quipping comments to the reader.
Jolly Jumper first appeared along with Lucky Luke in the story Arizona 1880
, published in the Almanach
issue of the comics magazine Le Journal de Spirou
on December 7
Jolly Jumper is a white horse with a brownish spot on his left side. He dislikes dogs, as seen in Sur la piste des Daltons where he continuously directs mean comments to the unintelligent prison-dog Rantanplan. Extraordinarily apt and anthropomorphic the character is very resourceful in adventure and crises, and mischievous as in Le Bandit Manchot, when he beats Lucky Luke in a dice game, winning the role-reversal to be carried on Lucky Luke's back.
Jolly Jumper also serves as the ironic yet smart voice talking from the series' background.