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excellent writing
exceptional art
historical bonus 2
total score 8
Real Free Press Illustratie
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English-Language Edition / April, 1974 / 24 pages / Real Free Press Int'l
The first issue of Real Free Press Illustratie was published in Amsterdam in November, 1968, and this issue was published in April, 1974. The series was conceived and edited by Olaf Stoop and reportedly financed primarily on dope money. I believe the series only ran six issues, this being the last, but it was quite remarkable and influential at the time, eventually being translated into English and distributed in multiple countries. Real Free Press International was involved in multiple publication and distribution ventures before essentially dissolving, like the undergrounds, in 1980.

The sixth issue of Real Free Press Illustratie is a massive 12x17 inches and printed on white, uncoated paper. It features a bunch of American underground comics and a lot of other very cool content. I want to do a full review that will do this series justice and properly put Real Free Press International into historical context, but I would like to acquire additional copies of this tabloid publication first. Anyone got any?
It is currently unknown how many copies of this comic book were printed. It has not been reprinted.
The creators include Gilbert Shelton, Spain Rodriguez and Robert Crumb. The publication was Olaf Stoop. Update coming soon.