Peyo, pseudonym of Pierre Culliford, was a Belgian comics artist, perhaps best known for the creation of The Smurfs comic strip or ‘Les Schtroumpfs’ as they are called in French. He was born in Brussels, Belgium on 25th June 1928. Peyo’s first continuing story, ‘Une Enquête de l’Inspecteur Pik’, was published in the children’s paper of the Brussels department store Le Bon Marché. But his career as a comic artist really took off when he began an association with the newspaper La Dernière Heure. Did you know he was dropped out of Academy of Fine Arts and his teacher told him he had no future in cartooning? But still this talented man proved them wrong. How? He was the mastermind behind the small blue creatures who live in mushroom-shaped houses in the forest. Yes, The Smurfs! 23 October 1958 was the important day that would change his life and legacy forever. It was the day when the the Smurfs were born. They appeared in Johan and Peewit in the album The Six Smurfed Flute. He has stated that the Smurfs were inspired by the trolls of Nordic fairy tales, and that the Smurfs’ blue pallor was selected because it was a color he thought children would like. In the 2011 movie The Smurfs, Peyo was included in the plot as a researcher who studied the myths concerning the Smurfs, who were made to be real-life legendary creatures in the movie’s story line. Sadly on on 24th December 1992, he died of a heart attack in Brussels at age 64.
Let’s have a look on some of his work: