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that one time Harvey Pekar appeared on David Letterman and STOOD ON BUSINESS.



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OP title is a bit misleading though.

dude actually appeared multiple times on the Late Show before that, and then after his ban that night, he appeared again twice in '93 and '94.
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his backstory is intriguing though. RIP

Frequently described as the "poet laureate of Cleveland", Pekar "helped change the appreciation for, and perceptions of, the graphic novel, the drawn memoir, the autobiographical comic narrative." Pekar described his work as "autobiography written as it's happening. The theme is about staying alive, getting a job, finding a mate, having a place to live, finding a creative outlet. Life is a war of attrition. You have to stay active on all fronts. It's one thing after another. I've tried to control a chaotic universe. And it's a losing battle. But I can't let go. I've tried, but I can't."
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Among the awards given to Pekar for his work were the Inkpot Award, the American Book Award, a Harvey Award, and his posthumous induction into the Eisner Award Hall of Fame.

Harvey Pekar and his younger brother Allen were born in Cleveland, Ohio, to a j3wish family. Their parents were Saul and Dora Pekar, immigrants from Białystok, Poland. Saul Pekar was a Talmudic scholar who owned a grocery store on Kinsman Avenue, with the family living above the store. Although Pekar said he wasn't close to his parents due to their dissimilar backgrounds and because they worked all the time, he still "marveled at how devoted they were to each other. They had so much love and admiration for one another."

Pekar's first language as a child was Yiddish and he learned to read and appreciate novels in the language.

Pekar said he did not have friends for the first few years of his life. The neighborhood he lived in had once been all white but became mostly black by the 1940s. One of the few white children living there, Pekar was often beaten up. He later believed this instilled in him "a profound sense of inferiority." This experience, however, also taught him to become a "respected street scrapper."

Pekar graduated from Shaker Heights High School in 1957. He then briefly served in the United States Navy. After being discharged he attended Case Western Reserve University, where he dropped out after a year. He worked odd jobs before he was hired as file clerk at the Veterans Administration Hospital in 1965. He held this job after becoming famous, refusing all promotions, until he retired in 2001.

Pekar was married three times. He was married from 1960 to 1972 to his first wife, Karen Delaney. According to fellow cartoonist R. Crumb, who knew the couple socially, "She left him.... She took all the money out of their bank account and ran off.... Never heard from her again."
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His second wife was Helen Lark Hall, who appeared (as "Lark") in a number of early issues of American Splendor. They married in 1977. According to Crumb again (and as dramatized in the American Splendor film), "...she was trying to have a career in academia and Harvey would embarra$s her. They'd go to these academic c0cktail parties and Harvey would deliberately antagonize these professors. He thought the whole academia thing was bullsh1t. So he used to embarra$s her and she'd become angry at him until finally she gave up on him." They divorced in 1981.
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Pekar's third wife, whom he married in 1984, was writer Joyce Brabner who became a regular character in American Splendor.

In 1990, as described by Publishers Weekly, "Pekar was diagnosed with lymphoma and needed chemotherapy. By the time the disease was discovered, the couple was in the midst of buying a house (a tremendous worry to Pekar, who fretted about both the money and corruptions of bourgeois creature comforts)." After Pekar's recovery, he and Brabner collaborated on Our Cancer Year (released in 1994), a graphic novel account of that experience, as well as his harrowing yet successful treatment.

Pekar's comic book success led to a guest appearance on Late Night with David Letterman on October 15, 1986. Pekar was invited back repeatedly and made five more appearances in quick succession. These appearances became notable for the increasing hostility and verbal altercations between Pekar and Letterman, particularly on the subject of General Electric's ownership of NBC. The most heated of these was in the August 31, 1988, episode of Late Night, in which Pekar accused Letterman of appearing to be a shill for General Electric and Letterman promised never to invite Pekar back on the show. Despite the ban, more than four years later Pekar appeared on Late Night again ó on April 20, 1993, and he made a final appearance on Late Show with David Letterman on May 16, 1994.

After Pekar's death, Letterman reflected in 2017 that...


"He was great.... He would just go after stuff. He ... would go after me, he would go after the network, he would go after everything, in a very committed way. It wasnít a gag, it wasnít an act, he would really go to work on you.... [Pekar] was anti-establishment in a way that you donít see guys like that anymore. And that used to really upset me, because I just thought 'Come on Harvey, donít do this to us, just play the game, blah blah blah blah.'... Iím a completely different person now. And I would be so much more better equipped to view the immediate surroundings of that show now, than I was [then].... Now, jeez, I wish I could have had Harvey on every night."
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 2 weeks ago '16        #2
BathWaterMelody  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x19 OP
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 2 weeks ago '16        #3
144  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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Pekar made great comics.

I was dling them all and reading them years ago. Need to pick it back up and finish them.
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 2 weeks ago '07        #4
Ghost Terp 
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He was on the Cleveland ep of No Reservations
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 2 weeks ago '16        #5
BathWaterMelody  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x19 OP
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 144 said 🔗
Pekar made great comics.

I was dling them all and reading them years ago. Need to pick it back up and finish them.
word.

you got a fav download source, or you just Google each of em?
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Top 10 most propped recently  2 weeks ago '18        #6
BrooklynDamien  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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What was dude upset about?

 2 weeks ago '10        #7
Delbert Mengel 
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 BrooklynDamien said 🔗
What was dude upset about?
letterman was always trying to be slick

great film btw

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 2 weeks ago '10        #8
Delbert Mengel 
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these sellout pricks hate it when someone who hasn't sold out shines a mirror up to them.
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 2 weeks ago '16        #9
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 BathWaterMelody said 🔗
word.

you got a fav download source, or you just Google each of em?
Try these:




Download a .cbr reader, if you don't got one.


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 2 weeks ago '16        #10
BathWaterMelody  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x19 OP
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 BrooklynDamien said 🔗
What was dude upset about?
check the highlights in the OP wiki article.

they didn't give too much specifics but I assume there are aspects of his comic art and writing that NBC wouldn't let him discuss.
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Harvey a prick in general, but at least he was a prick about the right things. I just put 2 & 2 together.

some fat cat big wig CEOs at Generic Electric just so happened to be on Harvey's hit list that night, starting with a pawn NBC show host like Letterman (with all due respect to his iconic role.)
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 2 weeks ago '20        #11
Suazzo77 
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Sounded like he was going at him about working during a writers strike at one point

The guy started off promising but I grew weary of him

 1 week ago '16        #12
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