Robert Olaf Stoop (march 6th 1946 - march 3rd 1999) was born in Amsterdam and grew up with his mother in Indonesia. He made posters for "provo magazine" and got involved with comics in the 1960's. In 1966 he self-published his comic "de lotgevallen van Rosa" which can be considered to be the first European underground comic. He founded the famous publishing house "the real Free Press" , the lost connection for solid facts, to Stoop, according who ran the operation from a hole in the wall shop on Oude Nieuwstraat in Amsterdam.
Real Free Press imported American underground comics and reprinted the work of, at that time, long forgotten geniuses like George Herriman, Winsor McCay, Gustave Verbeek and George McManus. Stoop also published Magazine De Real Free Press Illustratie, which featured many old and new comic artists with whole pages of hand lettered text by Stoop, a labor of love that went above and beyond what any other underground paper ever did. It ran from 1968 untill 1974
Olaf Stoop was one of the first to recognize the talent of Joost Swarte and published his work in several forms. Such as "de Papalagi" which became famous world-wide. Stoop can be considered the founder of the Dutch alternative comics scene.
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