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 (Les Schtroumpfs). He created other comic book series, but they were all overshadowed in popularity by the little blue men, especially the series they originated in.
His works include:
- Johan and Peewit
- The Smurfs
- Benoit Brisefer (also known as Steven Strong and Benny Breakiron)
- Poussy (Pussycat in English)
- Pierrot And The Lamp
- 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' albums, 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.