Casterman is a publisher of Franco-Belgian comics, specializing in comic books and children's literature. The company is based in Tournai, 90 kilometres southwest of the centre of Brussels, Belgium.

Parent companyFlammarion
Founded1780; 1934 as a comics publisher
FounderDonat-Joseph Casterman
Country of originBelgium
Headquarters locationTournai
Key peopleLouis-Robert Casterman
Publication typesComic books, children's literature

History edit

The company was founded in 1780 by Donat-Joseph Casterman, an editor and bookseller originally from Tournai.[1] Casterman was originally a printing company and publishing house. In 1934, Casterman took over the Le Petit Vingtième editions for the publication of the albums of The Adventures of Tintin, from the fourth album of the series, Cigars of the Pharaoh. From 1942, Casterman published reworked versions and colored versions of the previous Tintin albums.[2]

Strengthened by the success of Hergé's comics, shortly after, Casterman proposed new series with new authors such as Jacques Martin, François Craenhals and C. & V. Hansen. From 1954 on, Casterman published children's books, as well, including the successful Martine books by Marcel Marlier and the Cadet- Rama books written by Alain Gree (units Achille et Bergamote and Petit Tom).

Keen to appeal to a more mature market, Casterman decided in 1973 to publish the first albums of Corto Maltese by the Italian author Hugo Pratt. Furthermore, in 1978, Casterman established its monthly magazine A Suivre, which was to influence the comics revival of the 1980s. Casterman ceased the publication of A Suivre in 1997.

Casterman is now part of Groupe Flammarion.[3]

Casterman's manga series are published under the imprint Sakka.[4]

Main publications edit

Comics series edit

This is a selected list of comics series, ordered by year of first publication by Casterman, with main authors given. A few series were also continued or temporarily taken over by other artists and writers.

Books series edit

Magazines edit

References edit

  1. ^ Bocquet, José-Louis, and Fromental, Jean-Luc. The Adventures of Hergé (Drawn and Quarterly, 2011).
  2. ^ "Casterman History". 12 October 2023.
  3. ^ Casterman Printing à Tournai : 5 travailleurs repris par un groupe néerlandais,, 1er décembre 2016.
  4. ^ "Casterman - 't Vlaams Stripcentrum". vlaamsstripcentrum (in Dutch). Retrieved 12 October 2023.
  5. ^ "Tiny by Casterman". (in Dutch). 12 October 2023.

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