Alley Oop's popularity is demonstrated in the numerous reprints, products, and imitations that have been created over the years. It was parodied many times in that great mocker of twentieth-century popular culture, Mad magazine. Jasper Johns' Alley Oop is a painting composed on top of a clipping of the Alley Oop Sunday strip from June 22, 1958. Alley has been an animated television show, a game, a figurine, and a Pez dispenser.

The 1930s


Alley Oop Tijuana Bible.

Tijuana Bibles

The residents of Moo inspired a number of "Tijuana Bibles," erotic, underground, comic-strip parodies of popular figures. They are also known as "eight-pagers" because of their standard format of eight pages. Movie stars, politicians, folk heroes, and comic strip characters were all fodder for these illegal publications. The precise origin of the term "Tijuana Bible" is unknown, though some speculate it refers to Tijuana as a general source for illicit goods, though it is unlikely these publications actually came from Mexico.

According to one story, Al Capp, in the early days of his strip L'il Abner, was relieved when a Tijuana Bible version of his strip surfaced. Since his characters were popular enough to inspire an eight-pager, he knew he had finally made it as a comic strip artist.

Alley Oop the Game

In the mid 1930s, two nearly identical games were manufactured by the Royal Toy Company, Alee-Oop and The Game of Alley Oop. Alee-Oop was created first, but sales were much better once the game was officially tied with the strip and featured Alley, Foozy, and Dinny on the packaging. The concept is similar to the game tiddlywinks, with the players trying to flip game pieces into a container.