American Splendor: The Life And Times Of Harvey Pekar by Harvey PekarAmerican Splendor: The Life And Times Of Harvey Pekar by Harvey Pekar

American Splendor: The Life And Times Of Harvey Pekar

byHarvey Pekar

Paperback | July 29, 2003

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AMERICAN SPLENDOR
The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar

Two classic comic anthologies in one volume

Stories by Harvey Pekar

Introduction by R. Crumb

Art by Kevin Brown, Gregory Budgett, Sean Carroll, Sue Cavey, R. Crumb, Gary Dumm, Val Mayerik, and Gerry Shamray

The classic collection of the comics that inspired the movie American Splendor, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival

American Splendor is the world’s first literary comic book. Cleveland native Harvey Pekar is a true American original. A V.A. hospital file clerk and comic book writer, Harvey chronicles the ordinary and mundane in stories both funny and touching. His dead-on eye for the frustrations and minutiae of the workaday world mix in a delicate balance with his insight into personal relationships. Pekar has been compared to Dreiser, Dostoevsky, and Lenny Bruce. But he is truly more than all of them—he is himself.

“Mr. Pekar has . . . proven that comics can address the ambiguities of daily living, that like the finest fiction, they can hold a mirror up to life.”
The New York Times

“[Pekar] has a vision that makes daily city life—a ride on the bus, a run-in with a boss, or simply buying bread—dramatic.”
Chicago Sun-Times

“Simply stated, American Splendor is the most superb literary endeavor to come off the streets of Cleveland in decades.”
The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

“Mr. Pekar lets all of life flood into his panels: the humdrum and the heroic, the gritty and the grand.”
The New York Times Book Review
Harvey Pekar, a native of Cleveland, was best known for his autobiographical slice-of-life comic book series American Splendor, a first-person account of his downtrodden life. He was also a jazz critic whose reviews were published in the Boston Herald, the Austin Chronicle, and Jazz Times. He did freelance work for the critically accla...
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Title:American Splendor: The Life And Times Of Harvey PekarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 10.86 × 8.27 × 0.75 inPublished:July 29, 2003Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0345468309

ISBN - 13:9780345468307

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic Pekar is the founder of literary graphic novels, so being a big fan of the genre I had to check out his work. It's odd, I assumed his stuff would be pretty cynical, but it's quite the opposite. It holds a pulse to the everyday Joe and offers little tidbits of advice on life.
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Certainly original and influential Pekar's work (ignore the biography that is, for some reason, about R. Crumb) may not be thrilling most of the time, but it is certainly ground-breaking in terms of using the American comic form for subject matter outside of the normal superhero adventure. Pekar collaborates with a number of talented underground artists in order to tell real-life stories that happened to him. While many of the stories lack dramatic flair or a sense of anything actually happening, there are a few gems in this collection that make it worthwhile to own.
Date published: 2005-12-18