World Famous Comics from Belgium

Worldwide famous comics like The Smurf, Tintin and Lucky Luke are of Belgian origin. Belgium has had an international and enduring impact and Belgian comics are a distinct subgroup in the comics history.

European Comics bloomed after WW II, especially in Belgium, France, Italy and England. As most of you certainly know Tintin, few only could point Belgium as his native land.

The Belgian cartoonist Peyo (Pierre Culliford ) introduced Smurfs to the world in a series of comic strips, making their first appearance in the Belgian comics magazine Spirou on October 23, 1958.

Smurfs Gluttony Statue


Famous Comics: The Smurfs.

The Belgian cartoonist Peyo (Pierre Culliford ) introduced Smurfs to the world in a series of comic strips, making their first appearance in the Belgian comics magazine Spirou on October 23, 1958.

The Smurfs (Les Schtroumpfs [original French/Belgian name for them]) are a fictional group of small blue creatures who live in the woods in Smurf Village.

Lighthearted and adorable, the Smurfs have delighted millions of children with their animated adventures and can-do attitude. Located in cozy Smurf Village, all of the show's blue-complected characters--including carefree Handy, know-it-all Brainy, sweet Smurfette, and fatherly Papa Smurf--have something that makes them special. But when the going gets tough, their most important resource is each other.

At first, the Smurfs were just secondary characters. But they soon became stars in their own right. After a few mini-albums, their tales began to appear as full albums. Then the film “The Smurfs and the Magic Flute” appeared, with music by Michel Legrand (he also sang in the chorus !).

When the Dutch singer Vader Abraham released the first Smurf single. It was a massive hit in Belgium and Holland, followed by the rest of the world. Soon, figurines, plushes, toys, (hit) records and above all the TV shows brought them right around the world.

The Smurfs -- (and their infectious theme music) have been forever ingrained into the pop culture lexicon of several generations.

It was a massive hit in Belgium and Holland, followed by the rest of the world. Soon, figurines, plushes, toys, (hit) records and above all the TV shows brought them right around the world.

Smurfs Smurf in Love Statue

Smurfs - Season 1, Volume 1

Smurfs - Season 1, Volume 2

Smurfs - Vol. 1

Famous Comics: Lucky Luke

Lucky Luke is a Franco-Belgian comics series created by Belgian cartoonist, Maurice De Bevere.

Set in the American Old West, it stars the titular character, Lucky Luke, the cowboy known to shoot faster than his shadow.

He travels around in the Wild West delivering justice wherever he goes. He meets fictional versions of historical persons like "judge" Roy Bean, Jesse James, Billy the Kid and Calamity Jane. Some of the stories in albums also have historical basis - like building the cross-US railway, white settlement of Oklahoma and the first oil drills.

Lucky Luke Takes a Nap Statue

Lucky Luke Lasso Statue

He is accompanied by his faithful companion, Jolly Jumper, the smartest horse in the world can also cook and do laundry. His main recurring foes are the dense but persistant Dalton cousins who are always incarcerated in the same prison where they always eventually escape and Lucky Luke receives a telegram (wherever he is) about the escape so he has to hunt them down again.


Famous Comics from Belgium: Tintin

The Adventures of Tintin (Les Aventures de Tintin) is a series of comic strips created by Belgian artist Hergé, the pen name of Georges Remi (1907–1983).

The hero of the series is Tintin, a young Belgian reporter. He is aided in his adventures from the beginning by his faithful fox terrier dog Snowy (Milou in French). Later, popular additions to the cast included the brash, cynical and grumpy Captain Haddock, the bright but hearing-impaired Professor Calculus (Professeur Tournesol) and other colourful supporting characters such as the incompetent detectives Thomson and Thompson (Dupond et Dupont).

Hergé himself features in several of the comics as a background character; as do his assistants in some instances.


Famous Belgian Comics: Marsupilami
appeared regularly in the popular Belgian comic book series Spirou et Fantasio until Franquin stopped working on the series in 1968.

Later, two animated shows featuring this character, as well as a Sega Genesis video game and a variety of other merchandise followed.

"The Marsupilami" refers originally to the individual captured and then adopted by Spirou and Fantasio, which they never bothered to name because he was the only known specimen.


Famous Comics: Bob and Bobette (Suske en Wiske):
Spike and Suzy, the British title for Suske en Wiske in Dutch, is a comics series created by the Belgian comics author Willy Vandersteen. The strip is known as Bob et Bobette in French and Willy and Wanda in the U.S. It was first published in De Nieuwe Standaard in 1945 and soon became popular

The books revolve around the adventures of the eponymous Spike and Suzy, two children, along with their friends and family. The stories combine elements of comedy, fantasy and science fiction, such as talking animals, time travel and ghosts.


Famous Comics: Blake and Mortimer is also a famous Belgian comics series created by the Belgian writer and comics artist Edgar P. Jacobs. It was one of the first series to appear in the Belgian comics magazine |Tintin in 1946, and was subsequently published in book form by Les Editions du Lombard.


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