Who wrote the original Smurfs book?

Pierre Culliford, also known as Peyo, is the original creator of the Smurf stories/cartoons. In 1958, the first Smurf appeared in the “Johan et Pirlouit” comic, in the story “La Flute a Six Trous.” Later, the Smurfs were spun-off from the “Johan et Pirlouit” comic into their own, and it did well. Fred Silverman, an NBC executive, had a daughter that loved the Smurfs so much that she thought they should have their own show. Silverman contacted Hanna Barbera and got the Smurfs on to US TV.
Updated on Monday, February 06 2012 at 09:41AM EST

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