Harvey Pekar: 1939 - 2010

By JON GARELICK  |  July 16, 2010

Can an everyman be an original? Pekar loved the American history of social protest, jazz records, books, boxing, his friends, his wife Joyce Brabner, and their adoptive daughter Danielle. It's probably clichéd to also describe this all-American grouch as a pussycat under the surface. But there you have it. And always with the freelancers' insecurity about where his next gig was coming from. Even at Cannes with American Splendor, as his wife protested to the Phoenix's Gerald Peary that "He needs to understand he doesn't ever need to write another freelance music review," Harvey jumped in: "Pitch to your editor the idea of me doing a comic. Anything he wants!"

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