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Harvey Pekar

Harvey Pekar, the irascible writer who spun the mundane details of his own life and the quotidian existences of his fellow Cleveland residents into comic-book narratives, and who showed that the comic-book panel could include everyday feelings of anxiety and disappointment as easily as it does the adventures of costumed heroes, has died, The Plain Dealer of Cleveland reported. He was 70.

A spokesman for the Cuyahoga County Coroner's office told The Plain Dealer that Mr. Pekar was found dead by his wife, Joyce Brabner, at around 1 a.m. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death. Mr. Pekar was given a diagnosis of lymphatic cancer in 1990, an experience he documented in the graphic novel "Our Cancer Year."
[NY Times]

RIP Harvey.

A Brooklyn cartoon Harvey wrote, videos of Harvey recently shopping for jazz records (he was also a critic), classic David Letterman, and more, below...


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Harvey Pekar

Bibliography
* American Splendor: The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar (Doubleday, 1986)
* More American Splendor (Doubleday, 1987) ISBN 0-385-24073-2
* The New American Splendor Anthology (Four Walls Eight Windows, 1991) ISBN 0-941423-64-6
* Our Cancer Year, with Joyce Brabner and Frank Stack (Four Walls Eight Windows, 1994) ISBN 1-56858-011-8
* American Splendor Presents: Bob & Harv's Comics, with R. Crumb (Four Walls Eight Windows, 1996) ISBN 1-56858-101-7
* American Splendor: Unsung Hero, with David Collier (Dark Horse, 2003) ISBN 1-59307-040-3
* American Splendor: Our Movie Year (Ballantine Books, 2004) ISBN 0-345-47937-8
* Best of American Splendor (Ballantine Books, 2005) ISBN 0-345-47938-6
* The Quitter, with Dean Haspiel (DC/Vertigo, 2005) ISBN 1-4012-0399-X
* Ego & Hubris: The Michael Malice Story, with Gary Dumm (Ballantine Books, 2006) ISBN 0-345-47939-4
* Macedonia, with Heather Roberson and Ed Piskor (Ballantine Books, 2006) ISBN 0-3454-9899-2
* American Splendor: Another Day (DC/Vertigo, 2007) ISBN 978-1-4012-1235-3
* Students for a Democratic Society: A Graphic History (Hill and Wang, 2008) ISBN 978-0809095391
* American Splendor: Another Dollar (2009) ISBN 978-1-4012-2173-7
* The Beats (2009) ISBN 978-0-2856-3858-7
* Studs Terkel's Working: A Graphic Adaptation (2009) ISBN 978-1-59558-321-5
* Circus Parade by Jim Tully. Foreword by Harvey Pekar. Introduction by Paul J. Bauer and Mark Dawidziak. (Kent State Univ. Press, 2009) 978-1-60635-001-0

Harvey Pekar at the Record Store Pt. 1

Harvey Pekar Shops for Jazz Records

Leave Me Alone! Harvey Pekar Opera Live on WCPN's Around Noon

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Comments (21)

RIP Pekar!

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 1:33 PM

Lebron obviously had something to do with this...

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 1:45 PM

Another loss for Cleveland! Will the suffering never end?

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 2:05 PM

This is terrible news...Harvey was a true original, RIP

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 2:09 PM

2:05-good question.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 2:29 PM

NOOO!!!!!!!!
RIP, Pekar.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 2:33 PM

I just recently rewatched American Splendor. Really great movie.

RIP Harvey

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 2:42 PM

More like Harvey MEHkar. I don't see the big deal. This guy was totally played out.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 2:43 PM

@2:43 - Show some respect you insignificant little f--k! Better yet, say that in person to his friends and family. Sissy!

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 2:47 PM

This is awful news. I'll watch American Splendor tonight for him. RIP

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 3:09 PM

now i can bang his wife

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 4:22 PM

RIP

I wish he willed me his music collection

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 4:24 PM

@2:43 - I hear she likes to eat out asshole *wink wink* *nudge nudge*

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 4:30 PM

@2:43 - I hear his wife loves to eat out dudes' assholes *wink wink* *nudge nudge*

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 4:31 PM

Great movie, time to pull out my copy of American Splendor and reread it. Another legendary figure gone.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 6:00 PM

I was just reading some old copies of "American Splendor" last week. RIP Harvey - crank artist extraordinaire!

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | July 12, 2010 7:07 PM

So where's the Tuli Kupferberg obit!?

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | July 13, 2010 12:34 AM

sad news, RIP

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2010 7:58 AM

crosseyed sniper:

if you're going to be a shit, at least be right. It was posted about 3 hours before you bitched.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 10:57 AM

crosseyed sniper:

if you're going to be a shit, at least be right. It was posted about 3 hours before you bitched.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 10:59 AM

cs:
I concede my error

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 11:26 AM

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