Harvey Pekar, creator of the independent underground/cult autobiographical comic book series American Splendor, has died at 70-years old. He was discovered dead in his Ohio home by his wife. Pekar had been suffering from prostate cancer, although no immediate cause of death has been determined at this time.
Pekar’s comic book/life was made into a 2003 film American Splendor starring Paul Giamatti, which was nominated for an Oscar for best adapted screenplay. Pekar is also famous for a handful of guest spots on Late Night with David Letterman in the late 1980′s. His confrontational style and on-air criticism of General Electric (which owned television network NBC) led to him being banned from the show. Watch some of his Letterman appearances after the jump.
American Splendor Movie Trailer:
Clip from the movie (“What’s in a name” monologue):