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Comic book legend Harvey Pekar passes at age 70
Comic book legend Harvey Pekar was found dead this morning at age 70. The cause of death has not been announced, but police have ruled out foul play. Harvey had a history of medical issues including asthma, depression, high blood pressure, and a lengthy battle with prostate cancer.
Pekar wrote the autobiographical comic book series American Splendor, which inspired a critically acclaimed film of the same name in 2003, starring Paul Giomatti.
American Splendor was a game-changing comic book series, which began publishing in 1974, chronicling the mundane events of Pekar’s life in Cleveland at a time when other comics chronicled the fantastical adventures of super heroes.
Recurring themes in the books included Pekar’s hypochondria and depression, his interactions with co-workers, his money problems and his work as a file-clerk.