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Smurfs celebrate golden anniversary

Video by Nadia CHARBIT , Pauline PACCARD

Latest update : 2008-10-24

The Smurf's first appearance in the world of comics in 1958 was very low key, but readers have not stopped noticing the little blue creatures ever since. Fifty years on, 25 million copies of their adventures have been sold worldwide.

Date created : 2008-10-24

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