Charles Kochman

Cindy Seip

Charles Kochman is the editorial director of Abrams ComicArts and the editor of the bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney, and he has edited several hundred books for all age groups. Before joining Abrams in 2005, Kochman spent 12 years as an editor at DC Comics and MAD magazine. While there, he launched the MAD Books imprint and edited the company’s first New York Times bestseller, The Death and Life of Superman. He is a member of the National Cartoonists Society and the Society of Illustrators. In Fantastic Four No. 1: Panel by Panel (Abrams ComicArts), Kochman, designer Chip Kidd, Marvel editor Tom Brevoort, historian Mark Evanier, and photographer Geoff Spear deconstruct the iconic and influential first issue of the Fantastic Four by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, 60 years after its publication in November 1961.