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Harvey Pekar (1939-2010)
July 15, 2010, 11:21 am
Filed under: art, comics

On the 12th of July the great American comic writer Harvey Pekar passed away of prostate cancer, aged 70. Pekar is most notably recognized for his beloved American Splendor series [and its film adaption in 2003] which premised that “ordinary life is pretty complex stuff”, full of painful awkwardness, floundering situations, conundrums and also joy. Pekar in the 80’s became an unlikely American celebrity for his numerous, brutally honest interviews on the Late Show with Dave Letterman, most notably this one:

Pekar’s American Splendor was illustrated by a number of different artists over the years. To mark this facet of his work, on his 70th birthday, Smith Mag got contributions from different artists to assemble a collection of 70 ‘Harveyhead’. These are presented on the site [link]. Here is  a sample [Paul Hornschemeier, Dylan Horrocks, Renee French and Jeff Smith]:

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