Bastei Verlag

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Bastei is a German publisher.

Bastei has published Phantom (Bastei), Phantom Spezial, and two Phantom pocket series.


Bastei Verlag, actually BASTEI Romanbereich, is an imprint (an imprint in publishing is the word mark of a publisher, which appears in the book trade like an independent publisher with its own layout and logo) of Bastei Lübbe AG.

Bastei Lübbe AG is one of the largest publishing groups in Germany. The company was based in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany, from 1953 to 2009 and moved to the neighboring Mülheim district of Cologne in 2010. The company's shares have been traded in the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange since October 8, 2013.

In this area, the publisher is now a leader in series aimed at male readers, as competing publishers have cut back on their programs. The only remaining competitor is Martin Kelter Verlag, whose target group is primarily women. Bastei release:Novel books, Crime & Action, Western & Heroes, Horror & Frightening, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comics and many more.

After Gustav Lübbe's death in 1995, most of Bastei Verlag's comic series were discontinued. Gespenster Geschichten was the last Bastei comic book that survived until 2006. At the beginning of 2010, Bastei destroyed its entire comic archive as part of the publisher's move.

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