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Hidden in a corner among the great sacred texts of the world lies a series of exuberantly ribald underground comics known as the Tijuana Bibles. Iconoclastic, hilarious, and sexy, these anonymous little books, written from the 1930s through the 1950s, are revered among scholars and aficionados of American folk art, and devotees of comics as well as collectors of erotica. The primitive energy of their vigorous, often crude line, combined with their gonzo sensibilities, has given the Bibles a tremendous if largely unacknowledged influence on such talents as Art Spiegelman, Robert Crumb, and Lenny Bruce.
Comic strips in general were an American phenomenon, and at their zenith the Sunday funnies were as important as breakfast. But the anonymous creators of the Tijuana Bibles turned the saccharine tradition of the comics on its head, cheerfully savaging every sacred cow in the pasture in their pursuit of satire and sex. Political leaders, cartoon heroes, storybook legends, and American folk icons -- no one was safe from the glowering wit and smutty irreverence of these eight- and sixteen-page booklets, cranked out illicitly in basements and sold under counters across the country. From Donald Duck, Al Capone, and Greta Garbo to Lou Gehrig, Mahatama Gandhi, and the Fuller Brush Man, the pure and the impure were burlesqued with equal inspiration.
Aboveground for the first time, these subverive comic masterworks are presented here in all their brilliant and raunchy glory. Author Bob Adelman reviewed almost 1,000 of the Tijuana Bibles before selecting 100 of the most lively and important examples of the genre. The book opens with an introductory essay by Art Spiegelman, America's most famous comic artist and a man who proudly acknowledges the impact these rollicking and scandalous little booklets have had on his own work.
Paging through reproductions of the Bibles, the reader discovers that there is more to the Tijuana Bibles than good dirty fun. Indeed these tremendously entertaining comics also tell us fascinating things about American attitudes toward celebrity, about the hypocrisy of certain social and political values, and about the hypocrisy of certain social and political values, and about the ability of artists working outside the establishment of effectively tweak its sensibilities in a way few others can. For anyone who believes irreverence can be patriotic and sex can be just plain fun, Tijuana Bibles showcases American comic art at its untamed finest.
Recensione: When Robert Crumb, S. Clay Wilson, Gilbert Shelton, and other Bay Area misfits first started producing "underground" comics in the '60s, they were considered to be highly innovative in their use of frank sexual themes. However, some 10 to 15 years before they commenced their explicit, often offensive cartoons, another genre of pornographic graphics was dying out, the so-called "Tijuana Bibles" (or sometimes "Cuban Bibles," "French Bibles," etc.). Simon & Schuster has released a collection of these antique obscenities that often featured famous political, show business, or cartoon figures having more fun than mainstream censors would have allowed. The introduction, by comic book apologist and New Yorker comics editor Art Spiegelman, is an amusing and sarcastic look at the history of this lost medium, with some interesting reflections on the genre, noting that "Though there are bound to be those who will loudly declaim that the Tijuana Bibles demean women, I think it important to note that they demean everyone ... it's what cartoons do best." While the reprinted comic strips are often amusing in being laughingly bad, the historical essays and asides by editor Bob Adelman provide fascinating historical context. A sociology of mid-century sexual mores and the love/hate relationship that Americans have with their celebrities is evinced by the combination of reprint and commentary.
Titolo: Tijuana Bibles: Art and Wit in America's ...
Casa editrice: Erotic Print Society
Data di pubblicazione: 2006
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro Erotic Print Society, London, 2006. Paperback. Condizione libro: Fine. An excellent copy, as new. Book # 3160f; Oblong 4to 11" - 13" tall; 160 pages. Codice libro della libreria 10571
Descrizione libro Simon & Schuster, New York, 2004. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. First Paperback Edition. A first-ever collection of America's underground pornographic comics from the 1930s to the 1950s. Known as "Tijuana Bibles" these highly explicit comic books constitute a fascinating view of the unknown, erotic America of that turbulent era. Tijuana, the Mexican border town just south of Los Angeles, was made infamous by two things: it's reputation as the American tourist's Sodom and Gomorrah (think Prohibition days and live sex shows with donkeys) and the eponymous Bible. "Tijuana Bibles" (known also as 'eight-pagers') were pornographic comic books produced in the United States from the 1930s to the 1950s. Printed in black on cheap white paper and eight pages long, their popularity peaked during the time of the Great Depression. They were drawn and written by anonymous artists and printed and distributed by no less shady publishers. The art is crude but executed with immense vitality. The subject matter usually consists of explicit sexual encounters featuring popular cartoon characters, as well as famous film stars and politicians. In introduction Pulitzer-prize winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman writes that these 'cheerfully pornographic and downright illegal booklets.probably weren't produced in Tijuana (or Havana or Paris or London, as some of the covers imply)'. Nor were they bibles. The location was more likely ironic. As wry and raunchy as the subject it celebrates, this inspired volume introduces a new generation to the "Tijuana Bibles", underground comic art above ground for the first time since they were produced. Still unexpectedly shocking and devoted to making a sexual mockery of every sacred cow in the pasture, the Bibles are unveiled here with 100 classic examples in full. It's folk art with a subversive edge. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Codice libro della libreria 040406
Descrizione libro Erotic Print Society, London, England, 2006. softcover-. Condizione libro: New-. 23 x 30 cms. Oblong. 160 pages - in English - over 150 pages of b/w comic strips - Popeye, the Fuller brush man, Betty Boop, Lil' Abner, Al Capone and many others in graphically erotic underground comic strips which were published in the 1930s-1950s by anonymous artists - Mae West, Barbara Hutton, Greta Garbo and others are involved in salacious activities which leave little to the imagination - intro. by Art Spiegelman,commentary by Richard Merkin and essay by Madeline Kripke. Codice libro della libreria 005806
Descrizione libro Erotic Print Society, 2006. Paperback. Condizione libro: As New. Like new condition. Codice libro della libreria XX-186-78-2754912
Descrizione libro Erotic Print Society, 2006. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. New item. Codice libro della libreria QX-186-78-2754912