Comic book legend Harvey Pekar was found dead this morning at age 70. The cause of death has not been announced, but police have ruled out foul play. Harvey had a history of medical issues including asthma, depression, high blood pressure, and a lengthy battle with prostate cancer.
Pekar wrote the autobiographical comic book series American Splendor, which inspired a critically acclaimed film of the same name in 2003, starring Paul Giomatti.
American Splendor was a game-changing comic book series, which began publishing in 1974, chronicling the mundane events of Pekar’s life in Cleveland at a time when other comics chronicled the fantastical adventures of super heroes.
Recurring themes in the books included Pekar’s hypochondria and depression, his interactions with co-workers, his money problems and his work as a file-clerk.