Harvey Pekar Dies at Age 70

Published on July 12th, 2010

Today the comic world lost one of the greatest underground comic creators who ever worked in comics. Harvey Pekar. If the name Harvey Pekar sounds like something you know it is because of the 2003 film starring Paul Giamatti called “American Splendor ” directed by by documentarians Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini and starring Paul Giamatti.The movie itself told the story of Harvey and his wife.

American Splendor also is the name of one of Harvey Pekars best know works which he began publishing in 1976, chronicling his grousing about work, money and the monotony of life in Cleveland .Pekar was also on NBC’s “Late Night With David Letterman” often running opposite the popular “Stupid Pet Tricks” segment before his outspoken criticisms of NBC owner at the General Electric that ended the relationship.

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Park and his wife Joyce Brabner work on a story line called “Our Cancer Year” after that Pekar was diagnosed with lymphoma. “Our Cancer Year ” won the prestigious Harvey Award in 1995 which along with a 1987 win of the National Book Award for “American Splendor.”“Our Cancer Year” holds a special place in my heart as I was reading that book when I was sick with Cancer.

Cleveland Heights police Capt. Michael Cannon told the Associated Press that officers were called to Pekar’s home by his wife at about 1 a.m. Monday. No cause of death has been released, but Cannon said Pekar suffered from prostate cancer, asthma, high blood pressure and depression.

In my eyes Crumb and Pekar where the best underground cartoonist in American history. He is survived by his wife and their daughter Danielle.He was a brilliant mind and he will be missed. He was the Neil Young of underground comics.

Simon Daoudi
Simon@ComicImpact.com