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The Smurfs

Many remember the Smurfs from the 1980s Emmy award-winning Saturday morning cartoon classic. The Hanna-Barbara series, including several television specials, was a popular family favorite that spanned the entire decade.

But how many people are aware of the interesting history of these little blue creatures?

It starts with the Belgian cartoonist Peyo who, on October 23rd 1958, introduced the Smurfs to the world through a Franco-Belgian comics serial in Le Journal de Spirou called "Johan & Pirlouit" (translated to English as Johan and Peewit). The heroes of this serial enlisted the help of a Schtroumpf (Smurf) and the rest is history.

Peyo continued to use the Smurfs in the storyline and, as the smurfs popularity increased, he started a studio where a number of talented comic artists started to work. Peyo himself supervised and worked primarily on Johan and Peewit, leaving the smurfs to his artists.

The word 'Smurf' was first used in Dutch, as the comics were simultaneously published in French and Dutch.

In 1959, the diminutive blue characters got their own series. Many authors of the Marcinelle school collaborated on the writing. Peyo became more of a businessman and supervisor, and was less involved in the actual creation of the comics. He let his son Thierry Culliford lead the studio, while his daughter Véronique was responsible for the merchandising.

 
   

In the late 1970s, Smurf merchandise was distributed in America by a California company called Wallace Berrie and Co.. A Smurf doll found its way into the hands of NBC Television executive Fred Silverman's daughter, and he eventually developed a series based on the Smurfs for his Saturday morning television lineup.

The PVC smurf figurines were first introduced in 1965 with over 400 different figures having been produced so far. Just about every occupation, sport, musical activity and special occassion has been made into a smurf character over the years. Along with the smurf figurines, other merchandise includes playsets and buildings, and just about anything from bed linen and curtains to lunchboxes and alarm clocks!



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Smurfs The Lost Village Smurfette's Mushroom House Playset NIP In  HandSmurfs The Lost Village Smurfette's Mushroom House Playset NIP In HandUSD 28.56Buy It Now
lot of 45 smurf figurine toys peyo  , schleich  etc. 60's , 70's , 80's lot of 45 smurf figurine toys peyo , schleich etc. 60's , 70's , 80's USD 29.990
12" (30CM) SMURFS SOFT PLUSH TOY -THE LOST VILLAGE -GIFT QUALITY -FULLY LICENCED12" (30CM) SMURFS SOFT PLUSH TOY -THE LOST VILLAGE -GIFT QUALITY -FULLY LICENCEDUSD 17.52Buy It Now
smurfs plushsmurfs plushUSD 4.990
SMURF & SMURFETTE GRADUATE VINTAGE SCHLEICH PEYO SMURF FIGURES FIGURINESSMURF & SMURFETTE GRADUATE VINTAGE SCHLEICH PEYO SMURF FIGURES FIGURINESUSD 10.0Buy It Now
Smurfs The Lost Village Deluxe Figure Toy Set of 14 with Figures and StickersSmurfs The Lost Village Deluxe Figure Toy Set of 14 with Figures and StickersUSD 9.95Buy It Now
32 SMURFS Huge Lot Schleich Peyo etc. GOOD CONDITION32 SMURFS Huge Lot Schleich Peyo etc. GOOD CONDITIONUSD 14.990
LARGE LOT OF 38 VINTAGE SMURF SMURFS FIGURES LARGE LOT OF 38 VINTAGE SMURF SMURFS FIGURES USD 40.0Buy It Now
THE SMURFS Boating Smurf And His Die Cast Speed Boat 1996 Toy Island Peyo - NEW!THE SMURFS Boating Smurf And His Die Cast Speed Boat 1996 Toy Island Peyo - NEW!USD 0.99
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LEPRECHAUN SHAMROCK 1982 PORTUGAL VINTAGE SCHLEICH PEYO SMURF FIGURE FIGURINE LEPRECHAUN SHAMROCK 1982 PORTUGAL VINTAGE SCHLEICH PEYO SMURF FIGURE FIGURINE USD 12.0Buy It Now
SMURF - WITCH on BROOMSMURF - WITCH on BROOMUSD 7.99Buy It Now
Smurfs School Student with Desk Super Smurf Rare Vintage Toy Figurine 6724Smurfs School Student with Desk Super Smurf Rare Vintage Toy Figurine 6724USD 3.00

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