Although he worked for almost 40 years as a file clerk in a hospital, he turned the everyday struggles of his life in to a distinctive series of books, which started in 1976 and were illustrated by artists such as Robert Crumb, Gary Dumm, Greg Budgett and Mark Zingarelli.
Back in December 2003 I spoke with Harvey in London when the film adaptation of American Splendor was released in UK cinemas.
We discussed various aspects of his life and career, including how started the comic book, the film adaptation, his feud in the late 1980s with David Letterman and the influences on his work.
You can listen to the interview here:[audio:http://filmdetail.receptionmedia.com/Harvey_Pekar_on_American_Splendor.mp3]
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