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American Splendor Presents: Bob and Harv's Comics (American Splendor #4)

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Gathered here are the collected works of the titans of adults comics legendary underground cartoonist R. Crumb and the "high priest of comic-book naturalism" (Newsweek) Harvey Pekar. The comic collision of these underground luminaries is funny, obsessive, ever-so-slightly neurotic, but always biting and honest.
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Paperback, 100 pages
Published November 5th 1996 by Four Walls Eight Windows (first published November 4th 1996)
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Daniel
Sep 16, 2009 Daniel rated it really liked it
Over the years, I've read occasional comics by R. Crumb, but this was my first time reading anything by his frequent collaborator, writer Harvey Pekar, creator of the "American Splendor" comics. Pekar devotes most of his strips to slice-of-life tales of working as a government file clerk, listening to jazz music, and living a lower middle class life in Cleveland, a city long on the decline. You've got to love any comic book that attempts to grab readers, as "American Splendor" did, with such cov ...more
Miguel Jiménez
Las historias de Harvey Pekar tienen algo que te hacen sentir cercano a la vida, a lo que pasa comúnmente en esta. Quizá esto sea por su carácter meramente realista —sin meterse en que si lo que se cuenta es completamente verídico o no. Aunque(según) afirman los autores que así es—, en la manera de afrontar cada situación. Pues si bien están omitidas partes esenciales de una narración —como el clímax o la consecuencia-final definido— cada historia tiene fuerza y sobresale por si misma.

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Chris
Aug 27, 2007 Chris rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: paul, and drew
In reading this book, I've taken my first step into reading comic books and it couldn't have been a better place to start. Harvey Pekar's work is so simple and slice of life and I love it. It makes normal living seem more relevant in some way. The humor is subtle which makes it more enjoyable. His stories remind me of a Bukowski book minus the drinking and sex. Very working class. Awesome.
Andy
Aug 10, 2014 Andy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comix-novel
Bob & Harv's Comics collects R. Crumb and Harvey Pekar's work together between the years of 1976-1988 and formed a good deal of material used in the American Splendor movie.

Although dozens of artists have captured Harvey Pekar through the years, no one can top R. Crumb's rendering of the working class wild man himself. Each pic of Pekar makes him look more manic and irritable than the last one, fixing both Mr. Crumb and even us with an intense blank stare.

The big surprise of the collection,
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Lacy
Jan 10, 2012 Lacy rated it it was amazing
Dynamic duo, I tell you what.
Yair Ben-Zvi
May 24, 2011 Yair Ben-Zvi rated it really liked it
The only reason this doesn't get a higher score is because a decent chunk of the stories are reprints from previous american splendor collections (or maybe I read them out of order?). In either case it doesn't really matter, Pekar's stories and R. Crumb's art (as well as the other great talents!) are more than worth seeing multiple times. I'm biased (huge Harvey Pekar fan) so when I say the stories outshine the art you'll see where I'm coming from. Pekar writes stories of everyday life that can ...more
Pablo
Feb 11, 2015 Pablo rated it really liked it
Harvey Pekar y su inigualable talento para contar historias en las que no pasa nada pero que entretienen en la pluma de Crumbs.
Deodand
Oct 24, 2014 Deodand rated it really liked it
Pekar and Crumb give characters an earthy quality. I can feel the time and care that went into these comics. This attention to detail is sadly missing in most other works.
Andrew Kubasek
Jun 29, 2016 Andrew Kubasek rated it it was amazing
Shelves: completed
Great collection.
Paul Young
Mar 09, 2014 Paul Young rated it really liked it
Can't go wrong with Pekar & Crumb. Nice collection
Gonzalo Oyanedel
Jan 16, 2014 Gonzalo Oyanedel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
De todos los artistas que colaboraron con Harvey Pekar, acaso sea Robert Crumb quien traspasó mejor sus guiones gracias a ese trazo intenso y vigoroso que le dio popularidad. Historias breves sobre episodios sencillos hacen de Cleveland un microuniverso familiar, donde las visiones cotidianas de Harv y sus personajes se hacen cercanas al lector más despierto. Uno de los mayores títulos del Slice of Life estadounidense.
Bill
Apr 19, 2013 Bill rated it it was ok
If you're a fan of R. Crumb and/or Harvey Pekar then you'll probably like this book. It seems to be a random collection of pieces over a period of time; none of them really have anything to do with the other. If you're a fan, you probably already have this or have read it. If you're not, it's short and probably a decent introduction to these guys.
Pan
Apr 21, 2011 Pan rated it really liked it
Shelves: comix, favorites
really great stuff...kinda weird at first because there's no real comedy or drama going on, but the characters are just everyday people doing everyday things surrounded by everyday frustrations. inspiring work! also, you gotta love r. crumb's art.

4.5 stars
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Sep 11, 2010 Abraham rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
How could you not love this stuff?
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Harvey Lawrence Pekar was an American underground comic book writer best known for his autobiographical American Splendor series.

In 2003, the series inspired a critically acclaimed film adaptation of the same name.


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