Jul 12, 2010 12:02PM
More bad news for Cleveland: Harvey Pekar, the outwardly grumpy file clerk who turned the small details of his life into the comic book American Splendor, died overnight, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported today. He was 70.
Pekar was a VA hospital file clerk, an obsessive-compulsive who grappled with loneliness and anxiety. He channeled those feelings into writing, inspired by his friend R. Crumb (who then lived in Cleveland, working in a greeting-card company while working on his art) to write a comic book. Crumb illustrated the first American Splendor strips in 1972, and contributed to Pekar’s first full-fledged books, which he began publishing in 1976.
“He’s the soul of Cleveland,” Crumb told The Plain Dealer in a 1994 interview. “He’s passionate and articulate. He’s grim. He’s Jewish. I appreciate the way he embraces all that darkness.”
The comic book turned Pekar into a semi-celebrity, leading to regular appearances on “Late Night With David Letterman.” When the comic, and Pekar’s life, was adapted into a movie — also titled “American Splendor,” with Paul Giamatti as Pekar and Hope Davis as his patient wife Joyce Brabner — it won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and received an Oscar nomination for Adapted Screenplay.
Harvey Pekar was born on October 8th, 1939
October 8th, 1939
10 + 8 = 18 = his core number = Reality-testing. Art. Sculpture. Sculpting. Imagination. Fantasy. Surreal. Dreams. Sleep. Archetype. Subconscious. Subliminal. Unconscious. Suggestion. Subliminal. Hypnotize. Hypnosis. Moon. Nighttime. Twilight. The dark. Shadows. Illusion. Unreal. Strange. Bizarre. Doodling. Cartoons.
10 + 8 +2+0+0+9 = 29 = his personal year (from October 8th, 2009 to October 7th, 2010) = Self-confidence. Self-assurance. Coordination. Skills. Talents. Competence. Expertise. Specialty. Combine. Teamwork. Cooperation. Collaborate. Collaboration.
29 year + 7 (July) = 36 = his personal month (from July 8th, 2010 to August 7th, 2010)
36 month + 12 (12th of the month on Monday July 12th, 2010) = 48 = his personal day = Heaven. Returning to the source. Going back to God.