It was Oct. 23, 1958 — 60 years ago this Tuesday — that the world first encountered the Smurfs, the little blue creatures from a Belgian comic franchise that have become world famous.
Since first appearing in a comic by Belgian artist Pierre Culliford, known as Peyo, the Smurfs have expanded into movies, television shows, video games and more. They’re mostly known for being cute, fun and kid-friendly, and aren’t commonly known to have any political motivations or opinions. Even so, controversial rumors that the Smurfs are communist or anti-Semitic have persisted for about a decade. Here’s what to know about how that conspiracy theory spread. Full story HERE