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Watching the comics medium evolve over the last forty years—after arguably being in a rut for just about as many years prior to that—has been a thrilling thing to see. The late Harvey Pekar was, without question, a major player in that development. This fact is all the more remarkable because he did it strictly as a writer. Specifically, he brought a literary approach to comics more associated with written fiction than anything comics had seen up to that time.
Harvey Pekar’s Cleveland, starts out with a bang with Pekar’s account of the Cleveland Indians winning the 1947 World Series. Pekar, and the book’s illustrator, Joseph Remnant, do a great job of depicting this magic moment.
Pekar also describes the early growth of the city along the canals.