Casterman is a publisher of Franco-Belgian comics, specializing in comic books and children's literature. Also the Chronicles of the Obscure Cities of Schuiten and Peeters are published by Casterman. The company is based in Tournai, Belgium.
Founded in 1780 AD, Casterman was originally a printing company and publishing house. In 1934 AD, 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 AD, 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 AD on, Casterman published children's books as well, including the successful Martine books by Marcel Marlier.
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 AD Casterman established its monthly magazine A Suivre, which was to have an impact on the comics revival of the 1990s. Casterman ceased the publication of A Suivre in 1997 AD.
Casterman is now part of Groupe Flammarion, which in turn was bought by RCS MediaGroup (formerly Rizzoli-Corriere della Sera) of Italy.