'American Splendor' author Harvey Pekar dies
Harvey Pekar, the author of the comic book series "American Splendor," has died.
Pekar, 70, died early Monday (July 12) at his home near Cleveland. No cause of death has been determined yet; Pekar had survived bouts with cancer in the past.
He's best known for the autobiographical "American Splendor," which was made into a movie in 2003. Paul Giamatti played Pekar in the Ocsar-nominated film, and the author himself appeared on screen as well.
Pekar was born in Cleveland and lived there most of his life, working for the Veterans Administration for 37 years while writing "American Splendor."
Underground comics legend R. Crumb illustrated the first issue of the series, and Pekar worked with a number of different artists over the years. The constant was Pekar's sharp, world-weary and funny writing.
His other works include "Our Cancer Year," which he co-wrote with wife Joyce Brabner about his fight against lymphoma, "The Quitter," and "The Beats: A Graphic History."
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