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Exhibition Comic Art: 120 Years of Panels and Pages

Harvey Pekar (1939–2010), writer. American Splendor, no. 2. Cleveland Heights, OH: H. Pekar, 1977. Serial and Government Publications Division, Library of Congress (043.00.00)


Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor was a long running autobiographical series initially drawn by influential Underground Comix artist Robert Crumb. American Splendor, drawn by a rotating set of artists, appeared irregularly between 1976 and 2008 and helped popularize the autobiographical and semi-autobiographical comic genre. Today, many independent creators’ works follow in this tradition that Pekar helped to establish.