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 870,161 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). Harvey Pekar is the 126th most popular comic artist (down from 113th in 2019), the 8,718th most popular biography from United States (down from 7,012th in 2019) and the 32nd most popular American Comic Artist.

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Among comic artists, Harvey Pekar ranks 126 out of 174Before him are Mike Mignola, Seishi Kishimoto, Tsutomu Nihei, Lynn Okamoto, Len Wein, and Momoko Sakura. After him are Harvey Kurtzman, Tooru Fujisawa, Scott McCloud, Kouta Hirano, John Byrne, and Bill Watterson.

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Among people born in 1939, Harvey Pekar ranks 419Before him are Bob Clark, Mavis Staples, Erik Pevernagie, Michael Learned, Steny Hoyer, and Tsuyoshi Yamanaka. After him are Seán Brady, Kate O'Mara, Anthony Lake, Bernie Casey, Lee Trevino, and Göran Sonnevi. Among people deceased in 2010, Harvey Pekar ranks 316Before him are Pete Quaife, James Moody, Edwin Valero, Corey Allen, Avi Cohen, and Beryl Bainbridge. After him are Alexander Belostenny, Ted Sorensen, Joseph Serge Miot, Dorothy Height, Maureen Forrester, and Kazimierz Paździor.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Harvey Pekar ranks 8,718 out of 15,968Before him are Sonny Perdue (1946), Sean Michaels (1958), Julie Gibson (1913), Daniel Chester French (1850), Alex Morgan (1989), and George Wendt (1948). After him are Vickie Guerrero (1968), Lukas Haas (1976), George B. Seitz (1888), Jeremiah S. Black (1810), Howard Ashman (1950), and Anthony Rapp (1971).

Among COMIC ARTISTS In United States

Among comic artists born in United States, Harvey Pekar ranks 32Before him are John Romita Sr. (1930), Roy Thomas (1940), George Herriman (1880), Mort Walker (1923), Mike Mignola (1960), and Len Wein (1948). After him are Harvey Kurtzman (1924), Scott McCloud (1960), Bill Watterson (1958), Walt Kelly (1913), Robert Kirkman (1978), and Alison Bechdel (1960).