Nine Culliford, The Woman Who Made The Smurfs Blue, Dies At 86

nine-culliford-cosey-bruxelNine Culliford, born Janine Devroye, died yesterday at the age of 86.

She was a close comics collaborator with her late husband, Pierre Culliford better known as Peyo, creator of the Smurfs.

But as her husband's colourist, she was also the person who decided the Smurfs should be blue.

And she continued to work on the Smurfs comics after her husband died in 1992 aged 64, working with their son Thierry as producer and colourists, working with new artists who took over the popular characters.

The next Smurfs film, The Lost Village, is scheduled for release next spring.

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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