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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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The Smurfs The Lost Village Papa Cat Gargamel 12 PCS Action Figure Cute Doll ToyThe Smurfs The Lost Village Papa Cat Gargamel 12 PCS Action Figure Cute Doll ToyUSD 8.68Buy It Now
Smurf ~ Mushroom ~ Umbrella or Parasol ~ 1979 ~ Schleich ~ YELLOWSmurf ~ Mushroom ~ Umbrella or Parasol ~ 1979 ~ Schleich ~ YELLOWUSD 9.95
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Huge Smurfs Lot, Mix Of Vintage And New Figures Also Including Cottage HousesHuge Smurfs Lot, Mix Of Vintage And New Figures Also Including Cottage HousesUSD 10.01
24pcs Smurfs The lost Village Papa Smurfette Clumsy Action Figures Play Set Toy24pcs Smurfs The lost Village Papa Smurfette Clumsy Action Figures Play Set ToyUSD 22.92Buy It Now
40 Vintage 1977 SMURF Plastic FIGURES Schleich PEYO Hong Kong40 Vintage 1977 SMURF Plastic FIGURES Schleich PEYO Hong KongUSD 9.990
Lot of Smurf Figurines PVC 1980sLot of Smurf Figurines PVC 1980sUSD 9.57
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
Vintage Smurf Schleich Peyo Figures Lot of 17 1970s/1980sVintage Smurf Schleich Peyo Figures Lot of 17 1970s/1980sUSD 4.990
Lot of 19 Different SMURFS FIGURES from 1980's VINTAGE SCHLEICH PEYO PVC  Lot of 19 Different SMURFS FIGURES from 1980's VINTAGE SCHLEICH PEYO PVC USD 12.535
Lot of 11 Vintage Smurfs Figures plus House 1970sLot of 11 Vintage Smurfs Figures plus House 1970sUSD 11.58
Smurfs Papa Smurf 1989 Vtg Schleich Peyo PVC 1980s Figurine Action Figure ToySmurfs Papa Smurf 1989 Vtg Schleich Peyo PVC 1980s Figurine Action Figure ToyUSD 19.98Buy It Now
Vintage 1980's 16" Inflatable Smurf Blow Up Made in TaiwanVintage 1980's 16" Inflatable Smurf Blow Up Made in TaiwanUSD 12.49Buy It Now

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