October 8, 1939 – Underground comic book legend Harvey Pekar is born in Cleveland, Ohio. He is best-known for his autobiographical series American Splendor, which was adapted as a feature film in 2003 starring Paul Giamatti. The curmudgeonly everyman Pekar also made several infamous appearances on Late Night with David Letterman in the late 80s and early 90s. Pekar was raised Jewish, but said, “I’m a secularist. That was the only thing that made sense to me.” He died in 2010, aged 70. His tombstone reads “Life is about women, gigs, an’ bein’ creative.”
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