- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: Running Press; 1st edition (January 22, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0941423646
- ISBN-13: 978-0941423649
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 10.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The New American Splendor Anthology: From Off the Streets of Cleveland Paperback – January 22, 1993
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Compiled from the American Splendor comic books published in the 70's and 80's (which are now largely unavailable), this is highly recommended for those who dig underground comics, new forms of biography or jazz (Pekar is also a renowned jazz reviewer and writer who sometimes talks about music in his comics).
This is not a psychedlic "head" comic, and it does not try to be hip. Harvey is no hippy, he's his own person. There is some social commentary in there too.
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.
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".Read more ›
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I found myself reading each page slower and slower as the book moved forward. I didn't want this anthology to end. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Johnny Blaze
My son-in-law asked for it. He had read it before. The drawings are great. Saw the movie, with Paul Giamatti and he seemed to have a lot of insight about himself and those around... Read morePublished 11 months ago by lacey
This set of graphic vignettes from Harvey’s life is, like all of Pekar’s work, drawn by a variety of illustrators, in a collaboration that gives multiple shadings to the constant... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love the movie but probably because I am a big Paul Giammati fan. I was never a huge comic fan but this is kinda cool because the author takes an interesting perspective of... Read morePublished on March 11, 2014 by Matthew F. Kahn