You may have heard that a SMURFS hardcover anthology is coming out this week from Papercutz, an all-ages publisher who have a strong contingent of European-origin comics in their stable, often being brought to the US for the first time, but though the anthology is plenty glossy and well-designed for fans of the Belgian creator of SMURFS, Peyo, they’ve also announced that this is the first volume of several anthologies. Their intention is to bring out the complete SMURF works of Peyo in chronological order with extraneous historical materials and photos laid in. Archival quality indeed. This will give English-speaking readers a chance to dig into the history behind Peyo, and his studio’s vast output and gauge more accurately the kind of influence Peyo had on the history of comics. It’s going to be a worthy addition to documenting comics history for historians of the medium, too, and hopefully these volumes will take up their place in libraries that are starting to give due honor to comic art.