Peyo, Creator, Writer, and Artist
Pierre Culliford, born in Belgium June 25, 1928, was a cartoonist known as Peyo. We can consider ourselves lucky! After Peyo left school in Brussels, he looked in the paper for a job. Two caught his eye: offers for a dental assistant and an illustrator. When he presented himself to the dentist, he was told he was just 15 minutes too late! At the time, Belgium was a hothouse of comic strip artists. Peyo quickly found himself working with some of the most talented, amongst them characters such as his lifelong writing partner Yvan Delporte.
After struggling for some time, he eventually got the break he deserved when he started working for Le Journal de Spirou. Johan and Peewit were amongst his most popular characters. But in 1958, The Smurfs made their first appearance and went on to become the world-famous characters we now know. Although most cartoon characters are known through their books before becoming TV characters, the opposite was true of The Smurfs in North America.
Papercutz is proud to bring the original Smurfs comics back into print in North America, and introduce readers to Peyo’s lost classic, BENNY BREAKIRON.
Will Maltaite, Background Artist
Willy Maltaite, also known as Will, was a French comics creator and artist who created the backgrounds and scenery for BENNY BREAKIRON. He is a founding member of the Marcinelle school, and one of the most respected French comics artists of his generation. Over a long association with the comics magazine Le Joyrnal de Spirou that began in 1947, Will created, illustrated, and wrote several series, including Tif et Tondu and Isabelle. From 1958-1960, he was the artistic director of Tintin. He died in February 2000, having spent over 50 years in comics.