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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
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 9.27Buy It Now
Smurfs Aries Ram Smurf Astrology Zodiac Vintage Schleich Figure Toy PVC 20720Smurfs Aries Ram Smurf Astrology Zodiac Vintage Schleich Figure Toy PVC 20720USD 1.01
Collection of (5) Vintage Walking Smurf Wind Up Figures and Lite Writer MOCCollection of (5) Vintage Walking Smurf Wind Up Figures and Lite Writer MOCUSD 0.991
9 1980s Smurfs Figures Gargamel Azrael Soccer Hockey Clown Skateboard Sledding9 1980s Smurfs Figures Gargamel Azrael Soccer Hockey Clown Skateboard SleddingUSD 39.99Buy It Now
Vintage Smurf Figure Playing Guitar PEYO Schleich PVC Toy 1977 - 1976?Vintage Smurf Figure Playing Guitar PEYO Schleich PVC Toy 1977 - 1976?USD 1.00
Vintage 1980 PVC Smurf Smurfs Flowers Gift Present Toy Figure Schleich PeyoVintage 1980 PVC Smurf Smurfs Flowers Gift Present Toy Figure Schleich PeyoUSD 1.95Buy It Now
24 PCS The Smurfs 3 III the lost Village Papa Smurfette Clumsy Action Figure Toy24 PCS The Smurfs 3 III the lost Village Papa Smurfette Clumsy Action Figure ToyUSD 20.31Buy It Now
Ten Smurf FiguresTen Smurf FiguresUSD 0.010
Smurfs Papa Smurf Re-issue 1969 Schleich Figure PVC Vintage Figurine Peyo 20001Smurfs Papa Smurf Re-issue 1969 Schleich Figure PVC Vintage Figurine Peyo 20001USD 8.95Buy It Now
Vintage Lot of Smurfs/Houses Peyo Schleich PVC Figures Vintage Lot of Smurfs/Houses Peyo Schleich PVC Figures USD 42.012
1978 VINTAGE PEYO SCHLEICH CLOWN SMURF 2" MINI FIGURE1978 VINTAGE PEYO SCHLEICH CLOWN SMURF 2" MINI FIGUREUSD 1.98Buy It Now
Vintage Lot of *11* Peyo / Schleich 1970's-1980's Smurf Figures Papa SmurfetteVintage Lot of *11* Peyo / Schleich 1970's-1980's Smurf Figures Papa SmurfetteUSD 50.00

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