Pierre Culliford (June 25, 1928 – December 24, 1992), known as Peyo, was a Belgian comics artist, perhaps best known for the creation of The Smurfs comic strip from which the cartoon show is based.
His works include:
- Johan and Peewit
- The Smurfs
- Benoit Brisefer (also known as Steven Strong and Benny Breakiron)
- Poussy (Pussycat in English)
Tropes associated with Peyo include:
- Creator Backlash: Peyo was quite sorry that the Smurfs became so popular he couldn't concentrate as much on his other series.
- Magnum Opus Dissonance: Peyo's favourite work, and actually his original main one was Johan and Peewit (Johan and Pirlouit in its original French title)... But, one day, in one of this series' album, appeared a certain band of little blue creatures. They were intended to be one-shot characters, but quickly became Ensemble Darkhorses... And from then, The Smurfs (Les Schtroumpfs) became the single most remembered work of Peyo.