R.I.P. Harvey Pekar

Harvey Pekar, author of cult comic American Splendor and subject of the acclaimed film of the same name, has died at the age of 70.

He was found dead in his Ohio home by wife Joyce Brabner. Although the cause of death is unknown, Pekar had long suffered from prostate cancer, asthma and high blood pressure.

The cult figure wrote the first issue of his autobiographic comic American Splendor in 1976, with the assistance of famed artist Robert Crumb. He would release a further 38 issues over the next three decades.

His comic was adapted for the screen in 2003, with Paul Giamatti starring as the famously prickly Pekar. The picture was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at the Academy Awards.

During the 1980s, Pekar gained notoriety for a series of controversial appearances on Late Show with David Letterman. As a tribute to Pekar’s legacy, please enjoy these appearances below:

Discuss: Harvey will be sorely missed. As seen in his comics, his film, and his appearances on Letterman, he was a unique individual with a wonderfully skewed perspective on life.

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