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The Smurfs are a Belgian comic series, created by Peyo. The fictional characters of the Smurfs first appeared in Johan and Peewit in 1958, and the first independent Smurf comics appeared in 1959. 26 Smurf comic albums have been created, 16 of them by Peyo. Originally, the Smurf stories appeared in Spirou magazine with reprints in many different magazines, but after Peyo left the publisher Dupuis, many comics were first published in dedicated Smurf magazines, which existed in French, Dutch and German. A number of short stories and one page gags have been collected in comic books next to the regular series of 26. By 2008, Smurf comics have been translated in 25 languages, and some 25 million albums have been sold.

History

In 1952, Peyo (original name Pierre Culliford) created a Franco-Belgian comics series in Le Journal de Spirou titled Johan et Pirlouit (translated to English as Johan and Peewit), set in Europe during the Middle Ages. Johan serves as a brave young page to the king, and Pirlouit (pronounced Peer-loo-ee) functions as his faithful, if boastful and cheating, midget sidekick.

On October 23, 1958, Peyo introduced a new set of characters to the Johan et Pirlouit story La flûte à six trous. This alone caused no great excitement, as the brave duo constantly encountered strange new people and places. This time, they had the mission of recovering a magic flute, which required some sorcery by the wizard Homnibus. And in this manner, they met a tiny, blue-skinned humanoid creature in white clothing called a "Schtroumpf", followed by his numerous peers who looked just like him, with an elderly leader who wore red clothing and had a white beard. The characters proved to be a huge success, and the first independent Smurf stories appeared in Spirou in 1959, together with the first merchandising.

Albums

This is the list of the original French-language comic issues. Some of them are anthologies of several stories.

Although they are popular and common to find in bookstores in Europe as well as in the Canadian province of Québecmarker, they are more difficult to find abroad.

Johan and Peewit appearances

  • 09. La flûte à six trous
  • 10. La guerre des sept fontaines
  • 12. Le pays maudit
  • 13. Le sortilège de Maltrochu
  • 14. La horde du corbeau
  • 16. La nuit des sorciers


Original series



Albums made after the death of Peyo, with help from his son Thierry Culliford :

Look-In Magazine Strips

In the 1970s and '80s, a British children's magazine called Look-In ran an original series of one-page comic-strip tales called "Meet the Smurfs."

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