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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!



PICTitlePriceBidCount
HUGE Lot of McDonald's Smurfs Smurf FiguresHUGE Lot of McDonald's Smurfs Smurf FiguresUSD 0.991
Lot of 14 Vintage Smurf Toy Figures PVC Plastic Figurines 70's 80'sLot of 14 Vintage Smurf Toy Figures PVC Plastic Figurines 70's 80'sUSD 14.99Buy It Now
New 8PCS The Smurfs Papa Smufette Briany Halloween Collection Action Figures ToyNew 8PCS The Smurfs Papa Smufette Briany Halloween Collection Action Figures ToyUSD 13.59Buy It Now
The Smurfs Mcdonalds 3" Lot of 7 Figures 2011  -- LOT BThe Smurfs Mcdonalds 3" Lot of 7 Figures 2011 -- LOT BUSD 13.99Buy It Now
Smurfs HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Flowers Smurf Smurf-a-Gram Vintage Rare Figure GermanySmurfs HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Flowers Smurf Smurf-a-Gram Vintage Rare Figure GermanyUSD 3.00
Vintage Schleich Peyo Smurfs PVC Figures From The 70s/80s Lot Of 118 FiguresVintage Schleich Peyo Smurfs PVC Figures From The 70s/80s Lot Of 118 FiguresUSD 8.513
Smurf Large Cottage 40001Smurf Large Cottage 40001USD 30.0Buy It Now
12Pcs/Lot New Smurfs The Lost Village Figures Smurfette Kids Toys Birthday Gift12Pcs/Lot New Smurfs The Lost Village Figures Smurfette Kids Toys Birthday GiftUSD 9.95Buy It Now
Vintage Smurf PVC Lot Peyo SchleichVintage Smurf PVC Lot Peyo SchleichUSD 12.53
Lot of 7 Angry Smurf Smurfs (1Black) (1 Red Teeth) Peco vtg 1980'sLot of 7 Angry Smurf Smurfs (1Black) (1 Red Teeth) Peco vtg 1980'sUSD 79.990
Vintage Peyo Schleich Blue SMURF MUSHROOM COTTAGE Figure House SetVintage Peyo Schleich Blue SMURF MUSHROOM COTTAGE Figure House SetUSD 9.42
Vintage Schleich Peyo Smurfs Figures 1980's rare Lot of 230+ Fencing,Bunny,Jail Vintage Schleich Peyo Smurfs Figures 1980's rare Lot of 230+ Fencing,Bunny,Jail USD 222.520

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