Monday, July 12th, 2010

Harvey Pekar, 1939-2010

Another tough blow for Cleveland: The great comic book writer Harvey Pekar has died. Pekar, who was portrayed by Paul Giamatti in the film based on his long-running series American Splendor, was also able to claim one of television's most uncomfortable moments when he badgered David Letterman about then-NBC owner General Electric's corporate malfeasance. Pekar was 70.

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garge (#736)


keisertroll (#1,117)


Art Yucko (#1,321)

needs emergency Liz Lemon transplant

rj77 (#210)


keisertroll (#1,117)

Aw, shit no. Harvey Pekar was probably in poor health, but wow, that was out of left field.

rj77 (#210)

I just saw him at Tommy's on Coventry 2 weeks ago. Now I'll have to go back have a milkshake in his memory.

garge (#736)

OMFG, please do not haunt me with mentions of my alma mater. OMGOMGOMG (But yeah, saw him there in the day :'()

garge (#736)

SO SORRY! PTSD! Feel free to enjoy your milkshakes and E-Z falafel sans harassment. (PS: The broccoli rizzo? It's 100% Cheese Whiz©)

rj77 (#210)

Thanks for the tip. I'll stick with pound o'grease that is their meat pies.

Rebecca (#3,032)

My family vote was split between the Ceebee and the J.J. The constant was the choc. pb milkshakes which were SO GOOD.

garge (#736)

@Rebecca: PRO TIP: ask specifically for chocolate ice cream (they otherwise make it with syrup). My fav was pb/cookies & cream

hman (#53)

Peter Scolari!

Mindpowered (#948)


First Rapity Rape-rape, then teh Erl, then 'Aiti and now this! I can't take it anymore.

His collaborations with R. Crumb were genius. RIP Mr. Pekar

Miles Klee (#3,657)


Annie K. (#3,563)

Oh dearie me. What a guy.

Also: great Letterman clip, great movie.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)


skybarn (#304)

Maybe it was Paul Giamatti's stupid mugging that killed him. Wait, no, that was just the movie going experience.

I only knew him from his Letterman appearances but I find myself quite badly struck by this.

Clip Arthur (#2,024)

Harvey Pekar, Larry "Bud" Melman and Brother Theodore. Modern TV-and even modern Letterman-would never give such quirky & lovable schlubs a platform to speak on. R.I.P.

keisertroll (#1,117)

I completely forgot I have a copy of that issue where he wore the ON STRIKE shirt.

I guess this is what it feels like when doves cry.

carpetblogger (#306)

I hope I leave behind a youtube of me being obnoxious or harassing celebrities for people to watch after I die.

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