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american splendor 8
excellent writing
exceptional art
historical 3
score 10
American Splendor #8

Only Printing / 1983 / 60 Pages / Harvey Pekar

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American Splendor #8 begins with a fine story about Harvey getting summoned for jury duty, which leads to a rant about justice and the American legal system. There are several more solid stories about Harvey's life, including one about a kind woman at his regular job and another about a meeting with a Hollywood celebrity. The comic closes with an introspective stroll through Harvey's life just before his 43rd birthday. Overall, this is the best issue since #3 and one of the best in the series.
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, which likely includes this issue, as it came out before he achieved some degree of notoriety in the national media. This issue has not been reprinted.
Harvey Pekar - 1-60 (stories)
Greg Budgett - 1 (art collaboration), 43-46 (art collaboration)
Gary Dumm - 1 (art collaboration), 43-46 (art collaboration), 47-51 (art)
Robert Crumb - 2 (art), 3-5 (art), 31-34 (art)
Sue Cavey - 6-14 (art), 15-19 (art), 35-42 (art)
Kevin Brown - 20-30 (art)
Gerry Shamray - 52-59 (art), 60 (art)