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by Harvey Pekar

eBook The New American Splendor Anthology: From Off the Streets of Cleveland epub
  • ISBN: 0941423646
  • Author: Harvey Pekar
  • Genre: Comics
  • Subcategory: Graphic Novels
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Running Press Adult; 1st edition (January 22, 1993)
  • Pages: 300 pages
  • ePUB size: 1110 kb
  • FB2 size 1990 kb
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This New American Splendor Anthology has a couple of the Letterman appearances (from Harvey’s perspective of course)

This New American Splendor Anthology has a couple of the Letterman appearances (from Harvey’s perspective of course). American Splendor is genuine and origi It ain’t no Fifty Shade of Hunger Crap or nuthin but I like it. My only criticism might be that not all of the illustrators are as good or as interesting as others. On a side note, I am not one who worships Robert Crumb. Don’t get me wrong, I like Bob’s work but he’s not the best artist to have ever illustrated an issue of American Splendor.

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From Off The Streets Of Cleveland Comes. Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 17 years ago. This comprehensive collection of American Splendor autobiographical comics by Harvey Pekar features the artwork of many prominent underground comic artists, including Jim Woodring, Joe Zabel, Gerry Shamray, Chester Brown, Spain, Drew Friedman, and R Crumb. But Pekar is truly the dominant force here

Here is the best of American Splendor and other comics by Harvey Pekar, including never-before-seen material

Here is the best of American Splendor and other comics by Harvey Pekar, including never-before-seen material. American Splendor is the series that sparked a revolution in comics and brought graphic novels to the attention of post-adolescent readers everywhere. Here is the best of American Splendor and other comics by Harvey Pekar, including never-before-seen material.

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American Splendor is the series that sparked a revolution in comics and brought graphic novels to the attention of post-adolescent readers everywhere.

Issue Number: HC Publisher: Bantam Books Cover: Holiday 1986, . 5 Origin: United States, English Format: Black & White, Hardcover, 160 pages. Rate trending movies in seconds and rise to Ultimate Status.

American Splendor is a series of autobiographical comic books written by Harvey Pekar and drawn by a variety of artists. The first issue was published in 1976 and the most recent in September 2008, with publication occurring at irregular intervals. Publishers have been, at various times, Harvey Pekar himself, Dark Horse Comics, and DC Comics. The comics have been adapted into a film of the same name and a number of theatrical productions.

From Off the Streets of Cleveland. 1st ed. by Harvey Pekar, Harvey Pekar.

American Splendor is the series that sparked a revolution in comics and brought graphic novels to the attention of post-adolescent readers everywhere. Here is the best of American Splendor and other comics by Harvey Pekar, including never-before-seen material.
Comments: (7)
Iraraeal
If you have never read any of Harvey Pekar's work you should NOT start with this anthology. I loved the movie and wanted to experience some of his comics, so I picked this (probably based on the cover by Drew Friedman). I guess I should have known by now that if the title says "new anthology" then the better stuff would be in the "original anthology". My main problem with the book is the range in the quality in the artwork. Harvey Pekar's writing shines when the artwork contributes to the narrative, adding a level of nuance. There are a few topnotch illustrators included, R Crumb, Drew Friedman and Chester Brown. Pekar's work is at its very best when Crumb is illustrating it, and I think there are only 3 included here. Much of the other artwork is bland at best, amateurish at worst.

If you are a fan of Pekar's writing then it won't matter to you. His observation of life's mundane moments, and his own neurotic foibles is always somehow interesting. But, I have become familiar with his earlier writing and enjoy reading that more. In these pieces he is married, settled down and known as a comic book writer. He still works as a file clerk, but also travels to comic book conventions, appears on David Letterman and such. His life seems more stable. In the earlier stories he is still more of loner; sometimes he is an open wound, other times he is a keen observer of other quirky characters.
Saithi
A solid collection of Pekar stories with a variety of artists, including Robert Crumb and Chester Brown. This is not the seminal collection of Pekar's work, but rather a random grab bag of the leftovers that weren't published in earlier anthologies. There are some nice pieces, but it is not essential Pekar.

One story's lettering made it nigh impossible to read (A Semi-Bummer Weekend), but otherwise there were no problems. Some of the comics were one page strips, while others were multi-page stories. The oldest comic was from 1971, while others were from the Bush I administration. Harvey's appearances on David Letterman were all turned into comics and are in this edition.
Best West
Since I was born and raised in Cleveland, this anthology done by Harvey Pekar intrigued me. Right from the start it caught my attention with the story "Pa-ayper-Reggs!!" This first vignette told the story of Russian/Polish Jewish peddlers which were so prevalent on the streets of East Cleveland from the 1920's through the 1950's. My earliest memories were of these horse drawn wagons being driven by these old Eastern European men shouting "Pa-ayper-Reggs!!" For those of you who don't know what this says it's actually a plea to collect old paper rags. What I really remember was that my Mother said that despite their looks these were men of wealth. Obviously this taught me that wealth can't be assessed on looks alone.
The stories spun from Pekar's hand are eclectic and are told in no particular chronological order. The subjects range from Harvey's childhood to his school years through to his rather ordinary job as a VA office clerk. His background shows his Eastern Jewish roots and in many of his stories he tells of his parent's lives and beliefs and how they raised him in the suburbs of Cleveland Heights. As story after story unravels, we see a man of above average intellect confronting everyday problems most of us confront every day. He surprisingly tells of his foibles and mistakes along with his temper that he inherited from his Father. Many of the depictions show areas of Cleveland well known to inhabitants of the Western Reserve. Among the depictions we see "The West Side Market", "Cedar and Lee" and "Hopkins International Airport".
Also I found the stories concerning his TV appearances on the David Letterman Show to be very confrontational and a contra-snub to all things "New York City". Pekar's intellectual argument to Eastern snobbery shows the essence of what we call the toughness and grit of life on the streets of Cleveland. Pekar's stories involve the everyday common man trying to negotiate the ebbs and flows of routine day in and day out lives. Harvey's views of life are far from the Eastern upper crust Jews of the East who matriculate from Ivy League colleges. His intellectual capacity is what it is in the East, but life as he experiences it represents life at the level which most people live at in the Midwest.
American Splendor continues to capture life at the very precipice where the East meets the Midwest and that would be Northeast Ohio. This is great graphic story telling from Pekar's hand. I don't possess enough stars!!!
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