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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
Schleich Smurfs Native American Retail Display New in Sealed Box RARE 32 figuresSchleich Smurfs Native American Retail Display New in Sealed Box RARE 32 figuresUSD 99.991
VINTAGE SMURF TENNIS PLAYER MOLD 1 SCHLEICH HONG KONG 1978VINTAGE SMURF TENNIS PLAYER MOLD 1 SCHLEICH HONG KONG 1978USD 3.990
Super Smurf Chimney SweepSuper Smurf Chimney SweepUSD 15.01
Rare mini Sleepwalker Gamepiece Smurfs BullyRare mini Sleepwalker Gamepiece Smurfs BullyUSD 65.00
Smurf Laughing and Pointing Figure 1979 Schleich Peyo Hong KongSmurf Laughing and Pointing Figure 1979 Schleich Peyo Hong KongUSD 3.00
VINTAGE PEYO SCHLEICH BULLY GERMANY APPLAUSE SMURF SMURFETTE PVC FIGURE LOTVINTAGE PEYO SCHLEICH BULLY GERMANY APPLAUSE SMURF SMURFETTE PVC FIGURE LOTUSD 499.99Buy It Now
VTG Lot of Smurfs Peyo Schleich Figures and Accessories 1960s-1980sVTG Lot of Smurfs Peyo Schleich Figures and Accessories 1960s-1980sUSD 128.0Buy It Now
9 Super Smurf Box Only. Includes Sign Bearer box9 Super Smurf Box Only. Includes Sign Bearer boxUSD 15.00
Huge Vintage Lot of 300 Peyo Schleich PVC Smurfs Figures Huge Vintage Lot of 300 Peyo Schleich PVC Smurfs Figures USD 300.0Buy It Now
Huge lot of Vintage smurf figuresHuge lot of Vintage smurf figuresUSD 100.0Buy It Now
Super Smurf National Gas StationSuper Smurf National Gas StationUSD 36.02
Lot of 24 Vintage Smurfs Figurines with caseLot of 24 Vintage Smurfs Figurines with caseUSD 149.99Buy It Now

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