Spiff and Hercules
is the English
translation of a French comic strip
entitled Pif et Hercule
featuring an anthropomorphic brown-yellow dog ("Pif") and a black-white cat ("Hercule") who, despite being best friends, are constantly fighting in a friendship/hate relationship. The character of Pif
was created by José Cabrero Arnal
for the French Communist Party newspaper L'Humanité
on March 28 1948
, and the cat Hercules
was introduced two years later.
The adventures of Pif also appeared in the British communist newspaper the Daily Worker (later The Morning Star) until the mid-1970s.
Spiff later got his own magazine ("Pif Gadget"), which was very popular as not only did it show several different comics, but offered a toy gadget in each issue.
Hercules also got his own version of Spiff's magazine, this one called "Super Hercule", but his magazine was more joke-oriented.
A series of 65x26' animated cartoons featuring the characters was produced in the 1989 by Europe Images/M5 in France. There were two shows in each half hour.
- Пиф и Еркюл - Pif i Erkjul (Bulgarian Title)
- Spiff and Hercules (English Title)
- Pif le chien (French Title)
- Pif und Herkules (German Title)
- Pif és Herkules (Hungarian Title)
- פיף ותלתול (Piff VeTaltol) (Israelian Title)
- Pif i Herkules (Polish Title)
- Spiff e Hércules (Portuguese Title)
- Pif y Hércules (Spanish Title)
- Pif şi Hercules (Romanian Title)
- Pif och Hercule (Swedish Title)
- Pif ja Herkules / Jeppe ja Kolli (Finnish Title)
- Пиф и Геркулес (Russian Title)