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The Smurfs #3: The Smurf King (The Smurfs Graphic Novels) Hardcover – November 23, 2010

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About the Author

Considered a legend in the comics world, Yvan Delporte was a writer often credited with helping to usher in the "Golden Age" of Franco-Belgian comics. Best known for his work on "Smurfs," Delporte also served as Editor-In-Chief for the comics magazine "Spirou," helping to create the memorable comics character "Gaston Lagaffe."

Peyo created The Smurfs in his comic strip "Johan And Peeweet". Peyo wrote over 8 extremely popular titles in Europe throughout his storied career. In 2008 the country of Belgium celebrated what would have been his 80th birthday by issuing a 5 Euro coin featuring his creation, The Smurfs.

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  • Age Range: 7 - 11 years
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Series: The Smurfs Graphic Novels (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Papercutz (November 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597072257
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597072250
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,631,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Twenty years after THE SMURFS cartoon was canceled by NBC, the Smurfs are making a major comeback. Part of that comeback is the collection of the original 27 Smurfs comics and publishing them in English. THE SMURF KING is the 3rd book in the series and features two separate stories, "The Smurf King" and "The Smurfony".

In "The Smurf King", Papa Smurf leaves the village for a few weeks to gather some Euphorbia leaves. Without any leader, the village soon breaks out in a series of arguments and fights. They decide to have an election to vote who should be their leader. An unnamed Smurf makes a series of promises and uses some political tactics to ensure he gets almost all of the votes. He is elected their leader. However, instead of Papa Smurf's paternal wisdom and leadership, the elected Smurf dons gold garb and proclaims that he must be addressed as the Smurf King. The Smurf King makes enemies and those who resist are either imprisoned or sneak into the forest to join the resistance. The conflict soon leads to an all-out war.

In "The Smurfony", Harmony Smurf is rejected from the Smurf orchestra because he plays so badly. Harmony is saddened because he longs to be a part of the orchestra. While pondering his fate in the woods, he meets a fairy who gives him an instrument "she" promises will make him play well. The fairy is actually Gargamel in disguise and the instrument he gives Harmony is a turlusiphon which puts all the other Smurfs into s deep sleep. Harmony realizes what has happened and sneaks into Gargamel's lab to look for a cure.

THE SMURF KING is easy to read. It's fun and entertaining.
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I first owned this comic book with its original title "King Smurf" when I was watching the Smurfs cartoon show back in the 1980s, and admittedly I enjoyed this version more than the cartoon show episode it was adapted into. Despite that Smurfette wasn't part of the original comic book story, I think the nameless Smurf who became King Smurf was a much better King Smurf and a much plausible one than Brainy was in the cartoon show. Given how most of the Smurfs would rather bonk Brainy in the head with a mallet or give him a quick flight out of the village for his endless lecturing and nagging his fellow Smurfs, the cartoon episode version would have been better off portraying Brainy as he was in the original story instead of trying to put him into a role where he still gets zero respect even in fancy royal garb. Besides this nitpick, I still think the original comic book story was funnier and had more going on in it.

Anyway, the updated version keeps the original story as it is more or less, but modernizes the dialogue as to how the Smurf characters would sound in 2010. I still prefer calling him "King Smurf", though.

Besides this story, the book also has the bonus story which is the original comic book version of "Smurphony In 'C'", only simply renamed "The Smurfony". It pretty much plays out like the cartoon show episode with some additional stuff left out of the episode, but again Smurfette isn't part of the original story.
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The Smurfs are blue gnome-type creatures who live deep in the forest in a small village. They were created by Franco-Belgian comic artist Peyo (Pierre Culliford) and have become an international commercial phenomenon. Many Europeans grew up with Peyo's Smurf comic books, and I'm sure some American kids are eagerly watching the cartoons as we speak.

“The Smurf King” is one of Peyo's classical Smurf comics, intended as a political parody. When the benign patriarch Papa Smurf leaves Smurf Village on a hasty errand, harmony between the Smurfs quickly breaks down. After a chaotic election, the winner gradually amasses more and more power, eventually declaring himself king. Meanwhile, Smurfs dissatisfied with the new order leaves for the forests. The Smurf King builds a wall around the village (perhaps to force his remaining subjects to stay inside) and soon a veritable War of the Smurfs is afoot. At the last moment, Papa Smurf comes back and admonishes his fellow gnomes not to behave like humans!

I think it's useless to speculate about who exactly is being parodied in “The Smurf King”. The obvious answer is everyone and no one. Politicians lying to get elected, election fraud, manipulative leaders, governments on a slippery slope to authoritarianism, presidents becoming kings, rebels taking to the forest… We've been there before a couple of times, haven't we? The nerd who wrote the Wiki entry associates the golden-clad gnomish king with Hitler, while a more sophisticated soul like myself see parallels to Louis Bonaparte. The Berlin Wall also comes to mind.

More intriguing is Papa Smurf's role in the fracas – the Smurf Village became a dictatorship when its inhabitants attempted to practice democracy in his absence.
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Okay, i really struggled between 4 and 5 stars... The story is great!!! Fun, funny, and cool. (way cooler than the stupid movie that came out recently...) My daughters (kindergarten/pre-k) saw them on our table, and immediately was drawn to them, and started flipping through them looking at the pictures.
My kindergarten child now sits with me and is starting to ask me what certain words are in the speach bubbles, which I am so happy about, because she is getting interested in reading!

Why it did not get 5 stars: eeeehh.... I remember this book being printed in a 'magazine sized' booklet... This one is considerably smaller, and they simply shrunk each page. This does make the print very small... I would guess around an 8 font. I'm hoping that since my girls are so small, their eyes will be able to read it easier than I...
Wish they were normal sized...
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