(1981)

Harvey Pekar, 1976 Series
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Volume
[1]
Price
2.25 USD
Pages
60
On-sale Date
1981-08-14
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Harvey Pekar
Editing
Harvey Pekar (editor)

Issue Notes

On-sale date (shipping) from the Public Catalog of the U.S. Copyright Office, Registration Number TX0000759811.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

American Splendor / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Pekar (credited as Pekar)
Pencils
Gerry Shamray (signed as Shamray)
Inks
Gerry Shamray (signed as Shamray)
Colors
Gerry Shamray ?
Letters
Gerry Shamray (signed as Shamray)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
It's hard enough to convince people that Socialism is a good thing without basing your argument....
Genre
biography; non-fiction
Characters
Harvey Pekar; Socialist
Keywords
autobiography

Definitions (Table of Contents: 1)

American Splendor / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Pekar (credited)
Pencils
Michael T. Gilbert (credited)
Inks
Michael T. Gilbert (credited)
Letters
Michael T. Gilbert (credited)

Genre
biography; non-fiction
Characters
Harvey Pekar; Mental Patient; cleaner
Synopsis
A friendly greeting solicits a surly response.
Reprints
Keywords
autobiography

Indexer Notes

Indicia at bottom.

Ripoff Chick (Table of Contents: 2)

American Splendor / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Pekar (credited)
Pencils
Gregory Budgett (credited as Greg Budgett)
Inks
Gary Dumm (credited)
Letters
Gary Dumm

Genre
biography; non-fiction
Characters
Harvey Pekar; Freddy; Carla Murray; Biker Guy; Co-worker; Chicago buddy
Synopsis
Harvey goes with Freddy to a deli and sees a woman he last saw over a decade ago. He sees her again at the same deli and gradually starts a relationship with her against his better judgement, admittedly out of desperation and loneliness.
Reprints
Keywords
autobiography

Young Ideas (Idee Giovanne) (Table of Contents: 3)

American Splendor / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Pekar (credited)
Pencils
Michael T. Gilbert (credited)
Inks
Michael T. Gilbert (credited)
Letters
Michael T. Gilbert (credited)

Genre
biography; non-fiction
Characters
Harvey Pekar; Joe; File clerk
Synopsis
Joe wants to know how Harvey makes out with women at work after asking him how life's treating him.
Reprints
Keywords
autobiography

Cold World (Table of Contents: 4)

American Splendor / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Pekar (credited)
Pencils
Gerry Shamray (signed)
Inks
Gerry Shamray (signed)
Letters
Gerry Shamray (signed)

Genre
biography; non-fiction
Characters
Harvey Pekar; Sixty-One-Year-Old Man
Synopsis
A 61 year old guy asks Harvey about the chances of a job, and tells his story.
Reprints
Keywords
autobiography

Indexer Notes

Both characters are done in silhouette for the entire story.

Working Man's Nightmare (Table of Contents: 5)

American Splendor / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Pekar (credited)
Pencils
Gerry Shamray (signed)
Inks
Gerry Shamray (signed)
Letters
Gerry Shamray (signed)

Genre
biography; non-fiction
Characters
Harvey Pekar
Synopsis
Harvey has a nightmare and can't wake up due to sleep paralysis.
Reprints
Keywords
autobiography

Noah's Ark (Table of Contents: 6)

American Splendor / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Pekar (credited)
Pencils
Gerry Shamray (signed)
Inks
Gerry Shamray (signed)
Letters
Gerry Shamray (signed)

Genre
biography; non-fiction
Characters
Harvey Pekar; Work colleague
Synopsis
A colleague believes the actual Noah's Ark has been located.
Reprints
Keywords
autobiography

The Pitch Lady at the Supermarket (Table of Contents: 7)

American Splendor / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Pekar (credited)
Pencils
Gerry Shamray (signed)
Inks
Gerry Shamray (signed)
Letters
Gerry Shamray (signed)

Genre
biography; non-fiction
Characters
Supermarket Pitch Lady; Jim
Synopsis
The woman whose job it is to talk to customers about the supermarket specials.
Keywords
autobiography

Read This (Table of Contents: 8)

American Splendor / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Pekar (credited)
Pencils
Gregory Budgett (credited as Greg Budgett)
Inks
Gary Dumm (credited)
Letters
Gary Dumm

Genre
biography; non-fiction
Characters
Harvey Pekar; Unnamed Record Trader (Lou Kallie)
Synopsis
Harvey remembers a guy he used to trade records with and how they both helped each other move their large record collections to new apartments. A statement on the nature of true friendships.
Reprints
Keywords
autobiography

Indexer Notes

The record trader isn't named in this issue, but there's another story about him in issue 14 (Passport To Pimlico).

Junk Shopping (An Allegory) (Table of Contents: 9)

American Splendor / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Pekar (credited)
Pencils
Gary Dumm (signed)
Inks
Gary Dumm (signed)
Letters
Gary Dumm (signed)

Genre
biography; non-fiction
Characters
Herschel; Ruth; John
Synopsis
Herschel bags some bargains at a garage sale.
Keywords
autobiography

Indexer Notes

Herschel is Harvey Pekar.

Once Again to Oregon (Table of Contents: 10)

American Splendor / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Pekar (credited)
Pencils
Gary Dumm (credited as Gary G. Dumm)
Inks
Gary Dumm (credited as Gary G. Dumm)
Letters
Gary Dumm (credited as Gary G. Dumm)

Genre
biography; non-fiction
Characters
Harvey Pekar; Kozo (Japanese Chemistry teacher)
Synopsis
Harvey's flight companion to Oregon is far more interesting than he anticipated.
Keywords
autobiography

Indexer Notes

Thanks to Flashjay for the page count correction.

Eating Potato Chips in Oregon (Table of Contents: 11)

American Splendor / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Pekar (credited)
Pencils
Gary Dumm (credited as Gary G. Dumm)
Inks
Gary Dumm (credited as Gary G. Dumm)
Letters
Gary Dumm (credited as Gary G. Dumm)

Genre
biography; non-fiction
Characters
Harvey Pekar; Girl from the house
Synopsis
Different states, different potato chips.
Keywords
autobiography

Prelude, Party & Post-Party (Table of Contents: 12)

American Splendor / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Pekar (credited)
Pencils
Gary Dumm (credited)
Inks
Gary Dumm (credited)
Letters
Gary Dumm (credited)

Genre
biography; non-fiction
Characters
Herschel; Jane Levy; High School Teacher; New Yorker journalists; Ruth
Synopsis
Harvey puzzles on and off for years about a girl he liked in high school who found success in New York before coming back to Cleveland. A story spanning over twenty years.
Keywords
autobiography

Indexer Notes

Herschel is Harvey Pekar.

Talk Show (Table of Contents: 13)

American Splendor / comic story / 2.5 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Pekar (credited)
Pencils
Michael T. Gilbert (credited)
Inks
Michael T. Gilbert (credited)
Letters
Michael T. Gilbert (credited)

Genre
biography; non-fiction
Characters
Harvey Pekar; Danny Thompson
Synopsis
Harvey has Danny tell a story about the time he urinated on the Cleveland statue of 19th Century robber baron Mark Hanna.
Reprints
Keywords
autobiography

Chopin (Table of Contents: 14)

American Splendor / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Pekar (credited)
Pencils
Michael T. Gilbert (credited)
Inks
Michael T. Gilbert (credited)
Letters
Michael T. Gilbert (credited)

Genre
humor; non-fiction; biography
Characters
Harvey Pekar; Dr. Gesundheit
Synopsis
Dr. Gesundheit tells Harvey a joke involving Chopin and Lenin.
Reprints

Cyclical Theory (Table of Contents: 15)

American Splendor / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Pekar (credited)
Pencils
Gregory Budgett (credited as Greg Budgett)
Inks
Gary Dumm (credited)
Letters
Gary Dumm

Genre
biography; non-fiction
Characters
Harvey Pekar
Synopsis
Harvey is glum.
Keywords
autobiography; snow; Winter

Indexer Notes

Back cover.