American Splendor: Portrait of the Author in his Declining Years
(Dark Horse, 2001)
™ and ©2001 Pekar and David Haspiel
This Dark Horse anniversary issue celebrates (if you can call it a celebration) 25 years of the gritty, slice-of-life stories from Cleveland curmudgeon Harvey Pekar. The title is slightly misleading: half the stories in this engaging collection are not so much “portraits of the author” as they are the author’s portraits of some of his favorite jazz musicians (a well-known passion of Pekar’s). Just the same, there is a nice sampling of the sort of stories that have made Pekar one of the most respected voices in independent comics: in one vignette, he takes on the phone company; in another he skewers the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame; yet another is a poignant and painful rumination on his life as the parent of a foster daughter. Although it lacks some of the energy and bite of the original American Splendor, it’s still a worthwhile collection, featuring art by Dean Haspiel, Josh Neufeld, Joe Sacco and others.
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