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Tijuana Bibles: Art and Wit in America's Forbidden Funnies, 1930s-1950s

Adelman, Bob & Richard Merkin & Art Spiegelman

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ISBN 10: 0684834618 / ISBN 13: 9780684834610
Published by Simon & Schuster, 1997
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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As New. In gift-giving condition. Tight, clean and crisp. No inscriptions. No remainder mark. Not price clipped. Not ex-library. An excellent copy protected in a new Mylar cover. As New. ; 12.06 X 9.32 X 0.69 inches; 160 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 23479

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Title: Tijuana Bibles: Art and Wit in America's ...

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition; Third Printing

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Crammed with 140 illustrations, twenty in color, a collection contains selections from the Tijuana Bibles, risque comic books of the thirties, forties, and fifties that poked erotic fun at the celebrities and issues of the day. 20,000 first printing.

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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.

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