The Smurfs - ©Peyo

The Smurfs is a popular comic strip series by Belgian cartoonist Peyo, about imaginary blue creatures housed at a mushroom village in the middle of a vast forest.

The Smurfs - ©Browserd (Pedro Rebelo)

Smurfs (French: Schtroumpfs) are imaginary blue creatures housed at a mushroom village in the middle of a vast forest. There are more than hundred Smurf characters, and their names are based on adjectives that emphasize their characteristics, such as "Jokey Smurf", who likes to play practical jokes on his fellow smurfs. "Smurfette" was the first female Smurf to be introduced in the series. The Smurfs wear Phrygian caps, which came to represent freedom during the modern era.

The word “Smurf” is the original Dutch translation of the French "Schtroumpf", which, according to Peyo, is a word invented during a meal with fellow cartoonist André Franquin, when he could not remember the word salt.

Later the characters served as inspiration for an animated television series.

Since the death of the author in 1992, his son Thierry Culliford has continued his father's work.

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