Tijuana bibles were palm-sized comic books published from the 1920s through the early 1960s in the United States. Its popularity peaked during the period of the Great Depression.
Much of the Tijuana bibles were lewd parodies of the day’s iconic newspaper comic strips, including ‘Blondie,’ ‘Barney Google,’ ‘Moon Mullins,’ ‘Popeye,’ ‘Tillie the Toiler,’ ‘Little Orphan Annie’ and many more. Others used characters based on famous movie stars and daytime sports stars like Mae West, Clark Gable, and Joe Louis, often with thinly altered titles. Before World War II, almost all of the stories were funny and mostly cartoon versions of well-known dirty jokes that had been making the rounds for decades.
These booklets’ artists, authors, and publishers are generally unknown because their publication was illegal and anonymous. The artwork varied greatly in quality. The topics are overt sexual escapades that typically feature well-known newspaper comic strip characters, movie stars, and (rarely) political figures invariably used without copyright or libel law being respected and without permission.
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