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Profession: Writer, Cartoonist, Author
Date of Birth: Oct 8, 1939
Nicknames: Harvey Lawrence Pekar
Country: United States of America
Harvey Lawrence Pekar was an American underground comic book writer, music critic and media personality, with a net worth of $12 million. Harvey Pekar started building his net worth with the creation of the self-published, autobiographical comic book series American Splendor in the 1960's. Pekar was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and his comic was made into a movie in 2003.
Harvey Lawrence Pekar ( /'pi:k?r/; October 8, 1939 - July 12, 2010) was an American underground comic book writer, music critic and media personality, best known for his autobiographical American Splendor comic series. In 2003, the series inspired a critically acclaimed film adaptation of the same name.
Pekar described American Splendor as "an autobiography written as it's happening. The theme is about staying alive. Getting a job, finding a mate, having a place to live, finding a creative outlet. Life is a war of attrition. You have to stay active on all fronts. It's one thing after another. I've tried to control a chaotic universe. And it's a losing battle. But I can't let go. I've tried, but I can't."
Harvey Pekar and his younger brother Allen were born in Cleveland, Ohio to Saul and Dora Pekar, immigrants from Bialystok, Poland. Saul Pekar was a Talmudic scholar who owned a grocery store on Kinsman Avenue, with the family living above the store. As a child, Harvey's first language was Yiddish, and he learned to read and appreciate novels in the dialect.
Harvey Pekar graduated from Shaker Heights High School in 1957, then attended Case Western Reserve University, where he dropped out after a year. He then served in the United States Navy, and after discharge returned to Cleveland where he worked odd jobs before being hired as file clerk at Cleveland's Veteran's Administration Hospital. He held this job even after becoming famous, finally retiring in 2001.
Pekar's friendship with Robert Crumb led to the creation of the self-published, autobiographical comic book series American Splendor. Crumb and Pekar became friends through their mutual love of jazz records when Crumb was living in Cleveland in the mid-1960s. Crumb's work in underground comics led Pekar to see the form's possibilities, saying, "Comics could do anything that film could do. And I wanted in on it." It took Pekar a decade to do so: "I theorized for maybe ten years about doing comics." Pe

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American Splendor (2003) Paul Giamatti plays the perfect curmudgeon in this quirky biopic of Harvey Pekar, the illustrator behind the self-deprecating comic book strip also called American Splendor. Pekar shot to national fame thanks to combative ...
Posted: August 8, 2017, 9:23 pm

Harvey Pekar Park to be dedicated and celebrated in Cleveland Heights Saturday

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio -- On Saturday, July 25, beginning at noon, Cleveland Heights will be celebrating the life of iconic comic-book writer and jazz critic Harvey Pekar by dedicating the northwest corner of Coventry Road and Euclid Heights Boulevard to ...
Posted: July 22, 2015, 3:00 pm

Rediscovered Masterwork ONE OF THOSE Featuring Peter Van Wagner To Be Presented Tonight At YIVO

His revue THE ESSENCE: A YIDDISH THEATER DIM SUM has toured widely and was published in an anthology co-edited by the late Harvey Pekar. YIVO's collections are the primary source of the documentary history of East European Jewry and the surviving record of ...
Posted: May 14, 2018, 8:45 am
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