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Parent company Flammarion
Founded 1780; 1934 as a comics publisher
Founder Donat-Joseph Casterman
Country of origin Belgium
Headquarters location Tournai
Key people Louis-Robert Casterman
Publication types Comic books, children's literature
Imprints Sakka
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Casterman is a publisher of Franco-Belgian comics, specializing in comic books and children's literature. The company is based in Tournai, Belgium.

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 4th album of the series, Cigars of the Pharaoh. From 1942, Casterman published reworked versions and colored versions of the previous Tintin albums.

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 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, which in turn was bought by RCS MediaGroup (formerly Rizzoli-Corriere della Sera) of Italy.

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


  1. ^ Bocquet, José-Louis, and Fromental, Jean-Luc. The Adventures of Hergé (Drawn and Quarterly, 2011).

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