Pierre Culliford (June 25, 1928 December 24, 1992), known as Peyo, was a Belgian comics artist.
He remains best known for the creation of The Smurfs (Les Schtroumpfs). He made other comic book series, but they were all overshadowed in popularity by the little blue men, especially the one they originated in.
A 23 minute long documentary about him and his career was aired in 1976 titled "Et Peyo demande : Passe-moi le Schtroumpf" ("And Peyo asks: Pass me the smurf?").
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
Tropes & Trivia applying to his works:
- Creator Backlash: He 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.