Harvey Pekar

1939 - 2010

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Harvey Lawrence Pekar (; October 8, 1939 – July 12, 2010) was an American underground comic book writer, music critic, and media personality, best known for his autobiographical American Splendor comic series. In 2003, the series inspired a well-received film adaptation of the same name. Frequently described as the "poet laureate of Cleveland", Pekar "helped change the appreciation for, and perceptions of, the graphic novel, the drawn memoir, the autobiographical comic narrative." Pekar described his work as "autobiography written as it's happening. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Harvey Pekar has received more than 1,161,835 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia. Harvey Pekar is the 171st most popular comic artist (down from 148th in 2019), the 11,058th most popular biography from United States (down from 9,495th in 2019) and the 41st most popular American Comic Artist.

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  • 25

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 1.37

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  • 4.56

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Over the past year Harvey Pekar has had the most page views in the with 259,904 views, followed by Spanish (4,561), and German (2,650). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Simple English (271.34%), English (195.78%), and German (96.88%)


Among comic artists, Harvey Pekar ranks 171 out of 226Before him are Jim Starlin, Oh! great, Marv Wolfman, Alison Bechdel, Hiroyuki Takei, and John Byrne. After him are Bill Watterson, Scott Adams, Kōsuke Fujishima, One, Peter Laird, and Kōhei Horikoshi.

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Among people born in 1939, Harvey Pekar ranks 571Before him are Pavel Morozenko, S. David Griggs, James Hartle, Peter Goldreich, Bob Clark, and Bill Mulliken. After him are Orlando Quevedo, Claude Piquemal, Kim Fowley, Karel Schoeman, Giuseppe Beghetto, and Steny Hoyer. Among people deceased in 2010, Harvey Pekar ranks 421Before him are He Pingping, Ronald Pettersson, Lionel Jeffries, Antonio Giolitti, Kanu Sanyal, and Ted Sorensen. After him are Arne Nordheim, Sammy Baird, Giovanni Pettenella, Ed Thigpen, June Havoc, and Malcolm Allison.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Harvey Pekar ranks 11,058 out of 20,380Before him are David Ruffin (1941), Ken Salazar (1955), Post Malone (1995), Mike Bryan (1978), Valerie Bertinelli (1960), and Phyllis Thaxter (1919). After him are Neil Abercrombie (1938), Raymond Thorne (1887), Burton Jastram (1910), Baby Dodds (1898), Mike McCready (1966), and Jam Master Jay (1965).

Among COMIC ARTISTS In United States

Among comic artists born in United States, Harvey Pekar ranks 41Before him are Neal Adams (1941), Harvey Kurtzman (1924), Len Wein (1948), Jim Starlin (1949), Marv Wolfman (1946), and Alison Bechdel (1960). After him are Bill Watterson (1958), Scott Adams (1957), Peter Laird (1954), Robert Kirkman (1978), Scott McCloud (1960), and Daniel Clowes (1961).