Harvey Pekar 1939-2010


#1

Harvey Pekar passed away yesterday. He was one of the greats.

The Comics Reporter


#2

Read about this in CSN the other day. RIP.


#3

I’ve yet to have read American Splendor, but he was certainly an underground comix legend in every respect. Farewell, Mr. Pekar.


#4

“Comic book writer Harvey Pekar, whose American Splendor was made into a 2003 film starring Paul Giammati, has died,” reports the Boston Globe’s Steve Greenlee. “He was 70.”

“Pekar was a VA hospital file clerk, an obsessive-compulsive who grappled with loneliness and anxiety,” blogs Sean P Means of the Salt Lake Tribune. "He channeled those feelings into writing, inspired by his friend R Crumb (who then lived in Cleveland, working in a greeting-card company while working on his art) to write a comic book. Crumb illustrated the first American Splendor strips in 1972, and contributed to Pekar’s first full-fledged books, which he began publishing in 1976. ‘He’s the soul of Cleveland,’ Crumb told The Plain Dealer in a 1994 interview. ‘He’s passionate and articulate. He’s grim. He’s Jewish. I appreciate the way he embraces all that darkness.’"
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#5

Actually saw his bio-pic a few months ago, really decent look into his life. This guy had a great way of showing how the “mundane” is so fascinating.


#6

I really need to get my hands on an omnibus of American Splendour and pay tribute to one of the great chroniclers of life’s mediocrity.