are born almost at the same time as films, and like these,
they consist of a succession of images, in this case printed
ones, which tell a story. The new medium would not forsake
a subject matter as powerful as the sexual or erotic; even
though comics were originally meant for children, it was obvious
that it could attract adults, too.
Smuggled into the United States in the ´30´s,
the “Tijuana Bibles”- so called because they were
printed in the Mexican border and concealed inside Bibles-
were 5 by 8 cms. , comic-booklets with a frame per page, crafted
by anonymous artists, where immaculate film and comic heroes
indulge in frantic orgies, penetrate others and are themselves
penetrated, surely recovering from the stress caused by the
In Buenos Aires, similar parodies could be
found, where Don Fulgencio, “the Man who had no Childhood”
masturbates, or in “El Otro Yo del Dr. Merengue”
, the eponymous protagonist skips psychoanalysis and gives
free rein to his passion.
Just like Dr. Merengue´s original creator
, Divito, a lover of the good life and women, who was sacked
by his erstwhile employer, the conservative Dante Quinterno,
creator of Patoruzú, who could not stomach the extremely
insinuating Divito´s “Chicas” (girls), was
left no choice but to start his own and famous “Rico
Tipo”magazine , where the impressive “Chicas”
are further developed, although restrained by the customs
and values of the “modern” ´50´s.
But any artist´s “Otro Yo”
(alter ego) finally bursts under such pressure, as attested
by the extraordinary erotic cartoons and strips , created
by an author who remains “anonymous”, by personal
and family choice. However, the style and mastery are evident
and revealing, though the prejudices of the times prevented
their becoming public, as well as the present prudishness.
Furtively put away in order to enjoy them
with his friends, the “anonymous” author proves
that he can handle any sexual issue without taboos or restraints.
Now these drawings are in exclusivity shown to the public,
prior to their publication in a complete version..