American Splendor Unsung Hero (2002) comic books
Written by Harvey Pekar. Art and cover by 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 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. 32 pages, FC. Cover price $3.99.
Written by Harvey Pekar. Art and cover by David Collier. Harvey Pekar continues his character study of Vietnam veteran Robert McNeill. Far more than a typical war story, Pekar and McNeill journey through the nuances of the experience, dissecting what it meant for Robert to be a black man in an already racially charged environment, and his interactions with the influences -- both friendly and unfriendly -- that surrounded him. Once again, Harvey Pekar masterfully illuminates a subtle aspect of the human condition that few others are willing or able to tackle. 32 pages, FC. Cover price $3.99.
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Written by Harvey Pekar. Art and cover by David Collier. This issue marks the conclusion to Harvey Pekar's fascinating and illuminating biography of Robert McNeill. With just a few weeks left in his tour of duty, nineteen-year-old McNeill's only thoughts are of escaping Vietnam's violently surrealistic landscape and returning home to the United States. But to do so, he must stay one step ahead of the enemies who try to take his life, the depression and nihilism that permeate his camp, and the commanding officers who use every loophole they can find to keep him in the bush. 32 pages, FC. Cover price $3.99.