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The Tijuana Bibles

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Back in the early 1900’s a series of underground comic-book pamphlets called the Tijuana Bibles (or Eight Pagers) were distributed outside the law. These comic strips were pornographic and illegal before the advent of magazines such as Playboy. In this century pornography is very accessible but back in the 30’s and 40’s the Tijuana Bibles were a young men’s first glance at pornography. The name Tijuana Bibles comes from the word “Tijuana” which has long been associated with iniquity. Pairing it with the word “bible” produces a fittingly blasphemous label. A typical bible consisted of eight-stapled comic-strip frames drawn in black and white sometimes very well but most of time drawn very poorly.

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