Peyo started writing and illustrating comics in 1946, with "Johan", the adventures of a young pageboy. But success came in 1952 when the series were published in the Belgian magazine "Spirou", and Johan joined by Pirlouit (Peewee).
If he created several series, such as "Poussy"(1949 and 1965), "Benoit Brisefer" (1960), a very strong boy who loses all his abilities when he catches cold, "The Smurfs" did make him famous all over the world.
And yet, they were originally only subordinate characters in "The Smurfs and the Magic Flute"(La Flûte à six trous, 1958, rebaptisée aussitôt La Flûte à six schtroumpfs), one adventure of Johan and Pirlouit.
But kids love them and want more. From the chief editor Yvan Delporte's idea, the smurfs will become the main characters of little books, the "mini-récits", as far back as 1959. And will live big adventures in 1963. Things are quickly getting too much for Peyo and he decides to create a studio around him to help him with his other comier comics.
In the 1970s, Peyo supervises the long-animated movie adptation of "The Smurfs and the Magic Flute" (1976), a huge success in France and Belgium.
After adapting The Smurfs for American television he creates his own publishing house(1989), but finally joins Le Lombard in 1992 where he has just time to publish one last book.
After his death his son decides to continue "The Smurfs" and to restart "Johan and Pirlouit" and "Benoit Brisefer", with Peyo signature, like it was already done for collaborations.… Expand
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