Paul Krassner: Yippie Realist, Cartoon Supporter – RIP

It is being reported that Paul Krassner has passed away.

From Politico:

Paul Krassner, the publisher, author and radical political activist on the front lines of 1960s counterculture who helped tie together his loose-knit prankster group by naming them the Yippies, died Sunday in Southern California, his daughter said.


Paul James Krassner
April 9, 1932 – July 19, 2019
“English is my second language. Laughter is my first.”


As Paul’s death was expected …

… a number of obituaries/tributes are already out:
Variety, Deadline, The New York Times, and, of course, the vox populi of Twitter.

Of the various pre-death profiles of Paul I like this one from Little Village.

Some of Paul’s more recent writing can be read at CounterPunch.


The Realist was the adult counterculture version of MAD magazine.

Begun on a shoestring budget it could ill afford cartoonists, though it featured them from the beginning. It soon became a favorite of emerging and established cartoonists. A place where their subversive and obscene cartoons, which were rejected by the more respectable magazines like The New Yorker and Playboy, were welcomed and published.

Mort Gerberg, Dick Guindon, Ed Fisher, Joseph Harris, Don Addis, and so many more; including the nascent underground comix community of Jay Lynch, Skip Williamson, S. Clay Wilson, and others.

Every single issue of The Realist is archived online.

The Realist Cartoons collects what the title says for a very enjoyable, and seditious, read.


Below are some of The Realist’s more famous cartoons (not recommended for work or minors).





“I Used To Believe In Reincarnation, But That Was In a Past Life.”




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