Harvey Pekar

July 12, 2010 by Post Team 

Harvey PekarHarvey Pekar: (The Huffington Post) – CLEVELAND – Harvey Pekar, whose autobiographical comic book series “American Splendor” depicts the unglamorous life honestly and completely dry wit, was found dead at his home early Monday, officials said. He was 70.

The cause of death was unclear, and an autopsy was planned, officials said. Pekar had prostate cancer, asthma, high blood pressure and depression, said Michael Cannon, a police captain in the suburbs of Cleveland Heights.

Officers were called to the house by his wife Pekar about 1 am, Cannon. His body was found on the floor between the bed and dresser. He had gone to bed around 4:30 pm Sunday in a good mood, his wife told police.

Pekar took a radically different charged superhero comics, which had dominated the industry. The site specializes in the lives of ordinary people, the chronicle of his life as a file clerk in Cleveland and his relationship with his third wife, Joyce Brabner. His 1994 graphic novel “Our Cancer Year,” detailed his battle against lymphoma.

The scene shows the cover just his wife lying on a sidewalk of snow with shopping bags on the ground. “Harvey, forget about the edible honey. Come on the inside first,” he says.

Pekar never straightened, but depended on the collaboration with artists, especially his friend R. Crumb, who helped the first edition of the ironically titled Splendor “American,” published in 1976. He became an acclaimed 2003 film starring Paul Giamatti as Pekar. The latest “American Splendor” was released in 2008.

“Harvey was one of the most compassionate human beings and understanding that I have known,” Giamatti said in a statement. “He had a large brain and a soul bigger. And he was very funny. It was a great artist, a true American poet, and there is nobody to replace him.”

Pekar outrageous comments developed a following and, to their ideas and humor often a little on the dark side.

Lucy Shelton Caswell, curator of the Cartoon Billy Ireland Library and Museum of the Ohio State University, said it was inaccurate to describe the work Pekar as a “cult.”

“His work was accepted by the mainstream,” said Caswell. “The property was acquired by public collections and well-read.” The library has all the cartoons Pekar works in his collection, he said.

“It will be remembered as an innovator who wrote stories about ordinary things, which is illustrated below, some of the most prominent artists of the late 20th century,” said Caswell. “People identified with what I was writing about and stories that these people were coming because it was so ordinary.”

In 2003, the New York Film Critics Circle honored “American Splendor” as the best first film for the editorial management team of Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini. depending on the part documentary, part, and occasional animated elements, the film of the demolition of the fourth wall – with Giamatti as Pekar, which usually appears next to the real Pekar - alongside its comic realism.

Pekar, introduce the film and the character based on him: “This man here, he’s our man, grown up and going nowhere. Although a cat is very learned, never got much of a formal education. In mostly living in the barrios …, held jobs … and now it is up to his knees in a second disastrous marriage. So if you’re the kind of person looking for romance or escapism or some fantasy figure to save the day, guess what? You have the wrong movie. ”

Pekar, who was a guest of David Letterman repeat television, told The Associated Press in a 1997 interview that he was determined to continue writing his “American Splendor” series.

“There is no end in sight for me. I want to keep doing it,” Pekar said. “It’s a continuing autobiography, the work of a lifetime.”

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