Would you believe The Smurfs are now 50 years old?
Cartoonist Pierre Culliford, who signed his work Peyo, was working in his native Belgium on the feature "Johan et Pirlouit" ("Johan and Peewit") for the Le Journal de Spirou when he first introduced them to a group called "Les Schtroumpfs" on October 23, 1958.
Those loveable blue characters no taller than the average apple gained their own feature in 1959, although it wasn't until Hanna-Barbera Productions began animating a Smurfs series for NBC's 1981 Saturday Morning season that the characters became popular in America, let alone gained a wider International audience.
When asked to contribute jokes to this week's Sunday Funnies, the only one Ms. Waxy Dragon could come up with was:
Q. Why did the Smurf cross the road?
A. To Smurf to the other side.
Considering the background of the characters, I thought that was quite appropriate and thus we conclude this week's installment of the Sunday Funnies.
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