Harvey Pekar Net Worth

Harvey Pekar Net Worth is
$12 Million

Harvey Pekar Biography

Harvey Lawrence Pekar was a comic book writer, media personality and music critic, born on 8th October 1939, in Cleveland, Ohio USA, and was probably best known for his autobiographical comic series “American Splendor”, which was an inspiration for the 2003 film adaptation of the same name. He was described as the “poet laureate of Cleveland”. Harvey passed away in 2010.

Have you ever wondered how rich Harvey Pekar was? According to sources, it has been estimated that Harvey Pekar’s overall net worth was $12 million, accumulated by developing a successful writing career, and achieving great publicity among readers. He was an awarded and reputable writer, whose net worth rose significantly during his career which spanned nearly four decades.

Harvey Pekar Net Worth $12 Million

Pekar was born into a Jewish family, who immigrated from Poland after World War II. He claimed his childhood was difficult since he was often physically abused by his peers, since he was one of the few remaining white children in his neighborhood. After graduating from Shaker Heights High School, Harvey enrolled at Case Western Reserve University, but dropped out after the first year to serve in the US Navy. He then worked various odd jobs before getting a job at Cleveland’s Veteran’s Administration Hospital as a file clerk, a job he held until his retirement, refusing all promotions even after becoming famous. Through their mutual love of jazz, Harvey met cartoonist and musician Rober Crumb, and their friendship eventually led to him creating an autobiographical comic book series – “American Splendor”.

However, his career really started in the early ‘70s, when Pekar showed some of his stories to Crumb and artist Robert Armstrong, who were so impressed they offered to illustrate them. Soon, Pekar & Crumb’s “Crazy Ed” was published becoming Harvey’s first published work of comics. More work followed such as “A Mexican Tale”, “It Pays to Advertise”, “Ain’ It The Truth” and other. Harvey’s first issue of “American Splendor” series appeared in 1976, and documented his daily life in the Cleveland neighborhoods. It was illustrated by Crumb, Budgett, Dumm and Brian Bram and some of the stories were later collected into many books and anthologies. These formed the base of his net worth.

In 2003, directed by Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman, a film adaptation of “American Splendor” was released and included Harvey’s personal appearance in the movie. One of Pekar’s notable biographies includes “American Splendor: Unsung Her”(2003) which portrays the experience of one of his co-workers in the Vietnam War. His other work includes “The Quitter”(2005), “Ego&Hubris:The Michael Malice Story”(2006), “Students for a Democratic Society: A Graphic History”(2008), “The Beats”(2009), “Studs Terkel’s Working: A Graphic Adaptation”(2009), and “The Pekar Project”(2010). All contributed steadily to his net worth.

Privately, Harvey married three times, firstly to Karen Delaney (1960-72), then to Helen Lark Hall (1977-81), and thirdly to writer Joyce Brabner with whom he worked on the creation on the novel autobiography “Our Cancer Year”, which described his successful treatment for lymphoma. The couple lived with their foster daughter Danielle in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, where he died on 12th July 2010.

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Quick Facts

Full NameHarvey Pekar
Net Worth$12 Million
Date Of BirthOctober 8, 1939
DiedJuly 12, 2010
Place Of BirthCleveland, Ohio, United States
ProfessionScreenwriter, Actor, Cartoonist, Author
EducationShaker Heights High School, Case Western Reserve University
SpouseJoyce Brabner (m. 1984–2010), Helen Lark Hall (m. 1977–1981), Karen Delaney (m. 1960–1972)
ChildrenDanielle Pekar
SiblingsAllen Pekar
AwardsAmerican Book Awards, Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame
Movies, American Splendor, HypaSpace
TV ShowsHypaSpace


All Harvey Pekar pictures



Hero Tomorrow2007Voice of the Squid
All That You Love Will Be Carried Away2004ShortHotel Clerk
American Splendor2003Real Harvey


Harvey Pekar's Teo Macero2015Documentary short writer
American Splendor2003comic book series American Splendor


Bird of Steel!special thanks filming


The Cartoonist: Jeff Smith, BONE and the Changing Face of Comics2009Video documentaryHimself
The Comic Book Lady2008Himself
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations2007TV Series documentaryHimself
HypaSpace2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Genuine Nerd2006Video documentaryHimself
Mondo Thingo2004TV SeriesHimself
I, Curmudgeon2004DocumentaryHimself
Charlie Rose2003TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Festival Pass with Chris Gore2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1994TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1986-1993TV SeriesHimself
Comic Book Confidential1988DocumentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Sonic Youth: Teenage Riot1988Video shortHimself (uncredited)
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