Stan Lee turns 88 today! Stan Lee, with other artists, co-created Spider-man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Avengers, Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor, and Daredevil, among others. His participation in comics revolutionized the landscape, challenged the Comic Code Authority and fueled the dreams of millions. His commitment to literacy is inspirational!
Sophie Crumb, daughter of R. Crumb and Aline Kominsky-Crumb, has a new book of her art dating back from her childhood.
Genetics are unpredictable, but it’s not much of a surprise that when world famous artists R. Crumb and Aline Kominsky-Crumb combined DNA their daughter, Sophie Crumb, would follow in their alternative comics footsteps. Like her parents, Sophie's work is autobiographical, disturbing, raw, and often hilarious.
Harvey Pekar, author of the American Splendor comic series, died today at the age of 70. The cause of death is not yet known but Pekar suffered from cancer, which he and his wife wrote about in Our Cancer Year.
Harvey Lawrence Pekar was born October 8, 1939 and was best known for writing the American Splendor series, which chronicled Pekar's everyday life in Cleveland and was illustrated by a variety of artists including R. Crumb. Pekar was also a huge jazz fan and critic and authored a jazz opera called Leave Me Alone.