Harvey Pekar, the author of the comic book series American Splendor, was found dead this morning in Cleveland. Perkar’s American Splendor comic book series broke away from costumes and superheros, and instead, followed the autobiographical tale of an ordinary man.
The New York Daily reports that Pekar died at around 1 in the morning, but no cause of death has been announced. As evident in American Splendor, Pekar suffered from prostate cancer, asthma, depression, and high blood pressure.
In 2003, a movie was made about Pekar, aptly titled American Splendor.
Pekar was a flawed human being, and he knew it. But that’s what made him, and his comics, famous.
1.) I realize that I’m pretty flawed, but you know – I haven’t killed anybody yet.
2.) Everybody’s like everybody else, and everybody’s different from everybody else.
3.) I think comics have far more potential than a lot of people realize.
4.) I try and write the way things happen. I don’t try and fulfill people’s wishes.
5.) I’m a guy that likes to sit in one place.
6.) It makes you feel good to know that there’s other people afflicted like you.