According to Spiegelman, it's not clear whether mom and pop outfits or organized crime created the small salacious booklets. He was so excited to hear this from me that he immediately turned off the TV and we discussed the topic in more details. Nine of the ten comics in the set are shown. In the novel Water for Elephants , the term "eight-pager" is mentioned in several different locations, one of these when Kinko the dwarf is caught masturbating by Jacob Jankowski while reading a Popeye the Sailor Tijuana bible. Often the added two pages were simply filler gag panels drawn by Zilch. Prolific mocks these foes in one of his bibles, in the form of a guardian of public morals named "Smuthound" who apprehends Betty Boop while she is engaged in having sex with a lifeguard on the beach Betty Boop in "Improvising". Dyslexic then proceeded to acknowledge by making Caldwell himself the star of another scabrous Tijuana bible "Erskine Caldwell in Grandpa's Revenge". These five artists may have drawn half of all the Tijuana bibles ever done. The novel The Green Mile feature a scene in which guard Percy Wetmore is caught reading a Tijuana bible with fictional character "Lotta Leadpipe", and is asked what his mother would think of such material; this is included in the film version. Characters[ edit ] Tillie and Mac are thought to have been the first Tijuana bible stars, along with Maggie and Jiggs from the popular newspaper strip Bringing Up Father. He put up the subject again and we started discussing on which couple to choose. Dyslexic, who each produced about half that many. Clandestine distribution centers were located in basements, lofts, and back alley garages in a chain of large cities on an east-west axis from New York City to Kansas City, loosely following the route of the old National Road and generally avoiding the South and New England which were regarded as dangerous places to be arrested for pornography. His male characters are strongly reminiscent of Superman , and some of his female characters resemble Lois Lane. And perhaps my husband was thinking of this suggestion for all night. Prolific and Elmer Zilch may even have been the same artist working in two different styles to vary his output and extend his shelf life. They are called "joke books" by the seller.