A COLLECTION OF THIRTEEN TIJUANA BIBLES, EACH @3" x 4", WITH ORIGINAL PRINTED PICTORIAL WRAPPERS.

[np: @1930s]. Generally 8pp each, stapled as issued, with original printed and illustrated wrappers. A couple with minor wear, Very Good. This collection offers Sammy Cohen in 'Little Guys Have Big Ones!'; The Photographer; Alexander Smart in 'Tit for Tat'; Wally and the Sultan; Wally and the French Ambassador [Wally is Wallace Simpson]; Gert Gabbo; Marie Wilson in 'Beach Ball'; Iona Douche-Bag Presents Tillie in 'Foul Ball'; Mr. Bailey and the 'Steno'; Tillie the Toiler in After Hours; Gasoline Alley-- 'Skeezix' Breaks in; Li'l Abner by Iva Clapp; Olive Oyl assisted by Popeye & Wimpy Produced Under the Direction of Castor Oyl. The characters are all, of course, engaged in various illustrated forms of indiscreet behavior.

Tijuana Bibles "were produced by a shadowy criminal underground in the 1930s. Very little hard information is available about how the Bibles were created, where they were manufactured, and how they were distributed. One certain fact, confirmed by numerous anecdotes, is that these comic books were for many young men their first peek into the forbidden world of erotic intimacy" [Adelman].
Crudely printed and illustrated porn tract-comic books, the skimpy stories featured contemporary movie, sports, folk, political and cartoon characters in absurdly hyperbolic sexual relations. Why they're called Tijuana Bibles is a matter of speculation; 'Tijuana' was typically associated with iniquity and as an outlet for behavior considered impermissible elsewhere. Properly considered the ancestor of America's underground comics, Tijuana Bibles declined in popularity in the 1960's as mainstream publications like Playboy would satisfy readers' prurient interests.
Adelman, Tijuana Bibles. Art and Wit in America's Forbidden Funnies. 1930s-1950s. [1997]. Item #34157

Price: $875.00

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