Cleveland Comic Book Writer Harvey Pekar Dead at Age 70

Harvey Pekar, an underground comic book writer from Cleveland who is perhaps best known for his autobiographical "American Splendor" series, has died at the age of 70.

The Cuyahoga County Coroner confirmed Pekar's death Monday morning. He was found just before 1:00am by his wife in their Cleveland Heights home. The cause of death is not yet known.

In 2003, Pekar's "American Splendor" series inspired a critically acclaimed film adaptation by the same name. Paul Giamatti played the role of Pekar, who made some appearances himself in the film.

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Sorry to lose Harvey. He was an original!

yes, true to himself.
ralph solonitz

Sad sad news. Dignity which deserves better than a bunch of amazon.com ads immediately below the sparse details and posthumous praise.

My most heart felt condolences to Joyce and Danielle as well as Harvey’s many friends and collaborators.

Harvey: I loved the stories that you pulled from your life and from the lives of those around you. For all of your personal doubts, I always felt these stories showed a mind fully engaged and a life fully lived. I always felt grateful when I saw that a new comic, graphic novel, or, as it turned out, movie had arrived. I wish I had had the chance to meet you, but your work always left me feeling like I had.

Thank you and God bless.

My condolences to his family and friends

My condolences to Joyce and Danielle, I was very upset to hear about his death, he has been an inspiration to my husband and countless others in the comic book world. We always looked forward to new issues, books and love the movie! He was a great person, and he will be missed. :(

It’s a terrible tragedy that Harvey Pekar has passed away. You can help remember him by contributing to his memorial website at http://harveypekar.people2remember.com/

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