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Le Lombard, known as Les Éditions du Lombard until 1989, is a Belgian comic book publisher established in 1946 when Tintin magazine was launched. Le Lombard is now part of Média-Participations, alongside publishers Dargaud and Dupuis, with each entity maintaining its editorial independence.

Le Lombard
Parent companyMédia-Participations
Founded1946
FounderRaymond Leblanc
André Sinave
Country of origin Belgium
Headquarters locationBelgium
DistributionBelgium, France, Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada
Fiction genresComic albums and magazines
Official websitewww.lelombard.be

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HistoryEdit

Les Éditions du Lombard was established by Raymond Leblanc and his partners in 1946. Wanting to create an illustrated youth magazine, they decided that the already well-known Tintin would be the perfect hero. Business partner André Sinave went to see Tintin creator Hergé to propose creating the magazine. Hergé, who had worked for Le Soir during the war, was being prosecuted for having collaborated with the Germans and did not have a publisher at the time.[1] After consulting with his friend Edgar Pierre Jacobs, Hergé agreed. The first issue of Tintin magazine was published on 26 September 1946.[2] Simultaneously, a Dutch version was also published, entitled Kuifje (Kuifje being the name of Tintin in Dutch). 40,000 copies were printed in French, and 20,000 in Dutch.[1]

In 1986, Le Lombard was acquired by Média-Participations, and today publishes around one hundred titles annually. More recently, in 2015, Le Lombard joined with twelve other European comics publishing actors to create Europe Comics, a digital initiative co-funded by the European Commission's Creative Europe program.[3]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Horsten, Toon (December 2006). "De 9 levens van Raymond Leblanc". Stripgids (in Dutch). 2 (2): 10–19.
  2. ^ Lambiek Comiclopedia. "Tintin comic magazine".
  3. ^ "Creative Europe Project Results: Europe Comics". Creative Europe. Retrieved 3 March 2017.

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