These three books represent some of the final scripts Pekar was working on before his death. But there are reportedly others in the works — yet more from the Pekar Cartoonist. In the afterword to Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me, Joyce Brabner contributes a short comic of her own, musing on her husband's disdain for the ceremonies of death and remembrance. She notes that there's a movement to build a statue of Pekar in Cleveland, even though the city has never even been able to raise money for a statue of its other great contribution to American comics, Superman. Pekar's work is memorial enough, she says. And I agree.

HARVEY PEKAR'S CLEVELAND BY HARVEY PEKAR AND JOSEPH REMNANT | TOP SHELF | 128 PAGES | $21.99

NOT THE ISRAEL MY PARENTS PROMISED ME BY HARVEY PEKAR AND JT WALDMAN | HILL AND WANG | 176 PAGES | $24.95

YIDDISHKEIT: JEWISH VERNACULAR AND THE NEW LAND EDITED BY PAUL BUHLE AND HARVEY PEKAR | ABRAMS COMICARTS | 240 PAGES | $29.95

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