Pierre "Peyo" Culliford (French: [kylifɔʁ]; 25 June 1928 – 24 December 1992) was a Belgian comics writer and artist who worked under the pseudonym Peyo ([pejo]). His best-known works are the comic strips The Smurfs and Johan and Peewit, in which the Smurfs first appeared.
He joined Le Lombard in 1992 but died a few months later. Since his death, Peyo's children have continued to promote his work under the brand "Peyo".
Culliford was born in 1928 in the Belgian municipality Schaerbeek, and was the son of an English father and a Belgian mother. In 1952, Culliford married Nine Culliford. They have two children: Véronique and Thierry. On Christmas Eve 19…Read more on Wikipedia