Harvey Pekar, ‘American Splendor’ Creator, Dead at 70

By 07.12.10

 

The great comic book artist Harvey Pekar died early this morning. He was 70. The cause of death is unknown, but he was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer in 1990.

 

Pekar is most known for his “American Splendor” comic books; a biopic movie of the same name starring Paul Giamatti was released in 2003. Although comic lovers were rabid followers of “American Splendor,” Pekar grabbed national attention in the late 1980s, when he made a string of hilarious, if strange guest appearances on David Letterman’s late night show. The videos are very funny, including Dave and Harvey walking in on the Live at Five broadcast, surprising Al Roker, Sue Simmons, and Nick Cafferty. Watch them, and others, after the jump.

 

 

 

 

The Trailer for “American Splendor”

 

With Anthony Bourdain 

 

A recent interview


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