Casterman is a Belgian publisher of comic books. It is best known for producing the Tintin stories.
The company was founded in 1780 as a publishing and printing company.
It is currently part of Groupe Flammarion.
In 1934 it took over publishing of Le Petit Vingtième, the weekly children’s supplement to Belgian newspaper Le Vingtième Siècle.
Le Petit Vingtième, which first introduced the world to Tintin, ran from 1928 to 1940 and continued to be the first location for new Tintin stories until its demise.
The first Tintin story published by Casterman was Cigars of the Pharaoh in 1934. Casterman went on to publish all 24 Tintin stories in French. It only published two of the books in English, The Secret of the Unicorn and Red Rackham's Treasure.
With the early success of the Tintin series, Casterman produced new comic works by authors such as Jacques Martin and François Craenhals.
Corto Maltese by Hugo Pratt, published in 1973, saw the company begin to embrace adult readers.
In 1978 it began producing A Suivre, a monthly comic magazine that ran until 1997.
A manga series is currently published by the Sakka imprint.
Enki Bilal joined the company from rival Les Humanoïdes Associés, bringing with him the rights to most of his previous comic-book work.
Books and magazines
1954 saw Casterman move into book publishing. Marcel Marlier’s Martine books were among the most notable publications.