The Smurfs are celebrating their 50th birthday in 2008 with a year-long party across Europe.

Smurf

Belgian cartoonist Peyo introduced Smurfs (originally Les Schtroumpfs in French) to the world in a series of comic strips, making their first appearance in the Belgian comics-magazine Le Journal de Spirou on October 23, 1958.

English-speakers perhaps know them best through the 1980s animated television series from Hanna-Barbera Productions, The Smurfs.

Happy smurfing birthday.

[More about Smurfs on Wiki and Smurf’s official website]



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