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 american Splendor PDF most recent in September 2008, with publication occurring at irregular intervals. The comics have been adapted into a film of the same name and a number of theatrical productions. When I was a little kid, and I was reading these comics in the ’40s, I kind of got sick of them because after a while, they were just formulaic.
Författare: Harvey Pekar.
Ma per Pekar, nessun giorno è come un altro. Dalle epiche battaglie con le tazze dei bagni, ai rischi delle ricerche di occhiali smarriti, dai pericoli della guida sulla neve, al dover ricordare quali medicine prendere al mattino… il talento di Pekar nell’esplorare la complessità della vita quotidiana con spietata onestà non è mai stato più efficace come in questo nuovo volume della sua celebre serie autobiografica “American Splendor”.
I figured there was some kind of a flaw that keeps them from getting better than they are, and then when I saw Robert Crumb’s work in the early ’60s, when he moved from Philadelphia to Cleveland, and he moved around the corner from me, I thought ‘Man, comics are where it’s at’. Pekar’s philosophy of the potential of comics is also expressed in his often repeated statement that ‘comics are words and pictures. You can do anything with words and pictures’. In an interview with Walrus Comix, Pekar described how the idea of producing his own comic book developed. In 1972 when Crumb was visiting him in Cleveland, Pekar showed him his story ideas. Not only did Crumb agree to draw some of them but also offered to show them to other artists to draw.
The stories in American Splendor concern the everyday life of Pekar in Cleveland, Ohio. Situations covered include Pekar’s job as a file clerk at a Veteran’s Administration hospital and his relations with colleagues and patients there. As Pekar was not an artist himself, and was incapable of “drawing a straight line”, according to a line in the film version of his story, he recruited his friend, underground comics artist Robert Crumb, to help create a comics series. Pekar produced seventeen issues of American Splendor from 1976 to 1993 — usually each May — which, except for the last few issues, he also self-published and self-distributed.
Theatrical productions based on American Splendor have been mounted over the years. The first of these was produced by The Independent Eye in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1985, adapted and directed by Conrad Bishop. American Splendor”, in Dougall, Alastair, The Vertigo Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, p. Archived 2007-11-21 at the Wayback Machine Accessed Sept.