Harvey Pekar: American Splendor
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 the most recent in September 2008, with publication occurring at irregular intervals. Publishers have been, at various times, Harvey Pekar himself, Dark Horse Comics, and DC Comics.The comics have been adapted into a film of the same name in 2003 and a number of theatrical productions. 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 work colleagues and patients there. There are also stories about Pekar and his relations with friends and family, including his third wife Joyce Brabner and their adopted daughter Danielle. Other stories concern everyday situations such as Pekar’s troubles with his car, money, his health, and his concerns and anxieties in general.