Legendary underground comic book artist Harvey Pekar passed away earlier this week at the age of seventy. The Cleveland, Ohio native was most famous for his autobiographical comic book series, American Splendor, which was often illustrated by friends and fellow comic book legends, such as Robert Crumb and Alan Moore. Harvey Pekar’s writing was loved by fans for his humorous look at a dull and raw reality.
In 2003, Pekar’s life and comic book, American Splendor, was adapted into an Oscar-nominated feature film starring Paul Giamatti, who referred to Harvey Pekar as “one of the most compassionate and empathetic human beings I’ve ever met. He had a huge brain and an even bigger soul. And he was hilarious. He was a great artisit, a true American poet, and there is no one to replace him.”