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INT. HARVEY’S BEDROOM - NIGHT
A BEDROOM MIRROR.
Suddenly, out of the darkness, the reflection of a man’s face
staring down at his sleeping wife (Joyce). In the eerie
light, he’s almost translucent.
Joyce ... Joyce?
Joyce springs up, alarmed. .
What are you
What’s wrong, Harvey?
What is it?
(delirious, out of breath)
Tell me the truth. Am I some guy
book? Or am I just --am I just a
character in that book?
Joyce rubs her eyes.
If I die, will ‘dat character keep
goin’? Or will he just fade away
Joyce leaps from the bed, nervous, hysterical. She gets down
Omigod, Harvey! Harvey, wake up!
CLOSE ON HARVEY’S FACE
FADE TO BLACK:
FADE UP ON:
time we see that it is not a real face, but rather a plastic
mask of the D.C. Comic hero -- SUPERMAN.
CLEVELAND OHIO, 1956
ROBIN, who clutches a plastic, trick-or-treat pumpkin.
the door is a 1950’s HOUSEWIFE.
Trick or treat!!
Well, look at this! All the superheroes
on the porch! Ain’t that
We got Superman here, Batman, his
sidekick ROBIN, ohh, The Green
Lantern even ...
holds up a ratty, stained pillowcase.
What about what?
Who are you supposed to be?
The kid shrugs.
Harvey Pekar? That doesn’t sound
like a super hero to me...
Pecker, Pecker ...
I ain’t no super hero, lady. I’m
just a kid from the neighborhood,
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