30 de octubre de 2013

Tijuana bibles

Tijuana bibles (aka bluesies, eight-pagers, gray-backs, etc.) were satirical pornographic comic books produced in the United States from the 1920s to the early 1960s. Their popularity peaked during the Great Depression era, and they circulated around the same time when sexologist Alfred Kinsey collected data for his famous report "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male".

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"Silk Spectre and the Adventures of the Acme brushman",
artwork used in the film "Watchmen". 

The typical "bible" is in black print on cheap white paper and running eight pages in length. In most cases the artists, writers, and publishers of these are unknown. The quality of the artwork varied widely, and the subjects are explicit sexual escapades usually featuring well known cartoon characters, political figures, or movie stars, invariably used without permission.

They have been depicted in several films, like "The Green Mile" (Frank Darabont, 1999), where sadist death row block guard Percy Wetmore is caught reading a Tijuana bible featuring a fictional character named "Miss Lotta Leadpipe".

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Also, in "Watchmen" (Zack Snyder, 2009), as well as the graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, In one scene, Sally Jupiter (Silk Spectre) shows her daughter Laurie a Tijuana bible comic featuring herself. Laurie reacts with disgust at the grotesquely sexual images saying that it is gross, but Sally snatches the comic back and tells Laurie that she "thinks it’s kind of flattering."

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Post originally published on August 12, 2011 in another blog.

If you are interested, you can also read this post in Castillian Spanish here.

Wikipedia: Tijuana Bibles