Comics in the Curriculum

Gender and Sexuality > Tijuana Bibles

"The Hip Flipper" in Tijuana Bibles: art and wit in America's forbidden funnies, 1930s-1950s. Anonymous, ca. early 1930s.

Butler PN6726 .T49 1997

“Tijuana bibles” were small, usually eight-page mini-comics which depicted cartoon characters, movie stars, or other celebrities in explicitly pornographic tales.  Female characters are often presented as sexually predatory and use traditionally masculine language to describe their actions, such as, in this case, Mae West (as Lotta Leadpipe) bemoaning a case of “hot nuts.”


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