André Chéret is a French comic book artist, best-known as the co-creator of the caveman 'Rahan'. He was born in the Montorgueil-Saint Denis-Les Halles district of Paris and initially worked as a printer, before he pursued a career as an artist. He started out drawing movie posters, and eventually cooperated on a couple of military magazines during his military service. Back in civil life in 1961, he began illustrating for Radar magazine and took on the comics 'Rock l'Invincible' and 'Monica, Hôtesse de l'Air' in Mireille.
A year later, he began a longtime collaboration with the magazine Vaillant. There, he took over the 'Bob Mallard' series from Francisco Hidalgo between 1963 and 1969. In addition, he drew the aviation comic 'Karl' in J2 Jeunes, as well as 'Vidocq' in Télé-Feuilleton and several short stories in Francs-Jeux.
His most famous creation, the caveman 'Rahan', was launched in Pif Gadget (the former Vaillant) in 1969. The series, written by Roger Lécureux, was a success, and got its own periodical at the publishing house Vaillant from 1972 to 1977. Books collecting the stories have been published by Hachette, Éditions du Kangourou, GP Rouge et Or, Messidor-La Farandole, J'Ai LU BD, Novedi/Dupuis and Soleil Productions throughout the years. Animated 'Rahan'series were made in 1986 and 2010. Chéret has continued the comic with the original writer's son, Jean-François Lécureux, in a series of self-published books between 2000 and 2010.
From 1973, Chéret was also present in Tintin, with 'Domino' with text by Greg and later Jean Van Hamme. He also appeared in Les Visiteurs du Mercredi with 'Anaël' (text Sacha) and in Spirou with 'Michel Brazier' (text by Charlier).
With the publishing house Hachette, he released albums like 'Gavroche' (1983, text Jean Ollivier) and 'Yannick Noah' (1984, text Claude Gendrot). From 1982 to 1985, he cooperated on the collection 'L'Encyclopédie en Bandes Dessinées' with publisher Philippe Auzou. For the same publisher, he worked on the science fiction series 'Proteo' with Jean-Gérard Imbar. He began the series 'Ly-Noock' with text by Rodrigue at Éditions Joker in 2003.