23 Junio 2017 11:39
These satirical comic strips began in the first half of the 20th century, cost 25 cents and, for obvious reasons, were highly controversial
The strips featured politicians, cartoon characters and film stars.
If the theories on Venus de Willendorf being mankind’s earliest attempt at pornography are true, it would be no less accurate to say that cultural expression of this kind has been present throughout history, a homo sapien need you might say.
In this context, the Tijuana Bible could be said to have been as important a US periodical as The New York Times.
The Tijuana Bible, by the way, is not a series of books recounting the wanderings of a chicano Jesus Christ. It was the name given to the pornographic comic book publications produced and sold in the United States between the 1920s and 60s.
Although there are various theories on the name’s origin - comic artist Art Spiegelman said it came from the proliferation of vices on the Mexican-US border -, it seems more credible that the comic books were produced there to avoid their creators running into trouble.
These were independent illustrators working from home, who anonymously depicted their twisted pornographic imagery - the strips feature politicians, cartoon characters and film stars - and then sold them for 25 cents in small, local businesses, like tobacconists, bars or barbershops.
These subversive publications have been considered by experts as the first underground comic books in history and, as highlighted in an article from Dangerous Minds, whose who have studied them stress their importance for both removing taboos and turning sex into something that was fun and natural.
Here are a few samples:
1. Mickey Mouse and Donald Fuck
2. Robert Mitchum
3. J. Wellington Wimpy
6. Snow White