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american splendor 12
excellent writing
exceptional art
historical 3
score 9
American Splendor #12

Only Printing / 1987 / 60 Pages / Harvey Pekar

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American Splendor #12 features a virtual documentary of Pekar's first visit to David Letterman's Late Night TV show. "Late Night with David Letterman" exposes Letterman as a sold-out corporate puppet (and at his salary, that should come as no surprise). Ironically, Harvey's willingness to destroy his value as a popular talk-show guest established his personal integrity and generated many new fans of American Splendor. A more comprehensive review is likely to be coming soon (which you know "soon" means within two or three years, right?).
It is currently unknown how many copies of this comic book were printed. Pekar was known to have printed approximately 5,000 copies of early issues of the book, but that may have changed for later issues. This issue has not been reprinted.
Harvey Pekar - 1-60 (stories)
Val Mayerik - 1 (art collaboration), 12-26 (art collaboration)
Gary Dumm - 1 (art collaboration), 27-29 (inks), 60 (art collaboration)
Ed Wesolowski - 2 (art)
Robert Crumb - 3-4 (art)
Frank Stack - 5-8 (art), 30-43 (art)
Spain Rodgriguez - 9-11 (art)
James Sherman - 12-26 (art collaboration)
Joe Zabel - 27-29 (pencils)
Gerry Shamray - 44-57 (art)
Drew Friedman - 58 (art)
Gilbert Clark - 59 (art)
Gary Budgett - 60 (art collaboration)