American Splendor: Unsung Hero

American Splendor: Unsung Hero

by Harvey Pekar, David Collier, David Collier
     
 

Few authors are able to capture an honest snapshot of everyday life the way Harvey Pekar can. From ruminations on jazz musicians to back problems and traffic tickets, Pekar writes in a clear, unsentimental voice that not only explores the mundane, but celebrates it as well. This time out, Pekar focuses his sharp literary eye on Robert McNeill, an ordinary man who's

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Few authors are able to capture an honest snapshot of everyday life the way Harvey Pekar can. From ruminations on jazz musicians to back problems and traffic tickets, Pekar writes in a clear, unsentimental voice that not only explores the mundane, but celebrates it as well. This time out, Pekar focuses his sharp literary eye on Robert McNeill, an ordinary man who's lived an extraordinary life. McNeill recounts his time spent as a G.I. in Vietnam, on a tour through that surreal and horrific landscape that even now, thirty years later, we're struggling to define. Unsung Hero is a tale of cynicism and endurance, tempered by McNeill's distinct sense of humor and Pekar's touching wit.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Acclaimed comics writer Pekar, known for such autobiographical comics as the Harvey Award-winning Our Cancer Year, has been in the public eye recently following the widespread critical success of the film American Splendor, based on his life. Here he takes time out from chronicling his own life to tell the war story of Robert McNeill, a marine corporal who saw combat during the Vietnam War and received a navy commendation for heroism under fire. As relayed by Pekar, McNeill's account is frank, rambling, and emotionally real, recounting the terror of the trenches, the camaraderie that developed among fellow soldiers, the drug use that helped them cope, and the effects on them of racism (McNeill is black) and the Black Power movement, even so far from home. Collier's black-and-white art is roughly realistic in a manner reminiscent of 1960s underground comics, and despite occasional awkwardness, it matches the matter-of-fact tone of the story well. With some nudity and gore, this is recommended for adult collections. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593070403
Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Publication date:
09/02/2003
Series:
American Splendor Series
Edition description:
Not Appropriate For Children
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
6.68(w) x 10.28(h) x 0.21(d)
Age Range:
16 Years

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