is a comic book anthology written by the Mexican artists José Trinidad Camacho (aka Trino
) and José Ignacio Solórzano (aka Jis
) about the aforementioned character, a very vulgar, over-the-top parody of the famous wrestling legend El Santo
(and also about the whole Mexican wrestling world, as a whole).
Originally appearing in the late Eighties
as a weekly comic strip in the Mexican newspaper La Jornada
, El Santos
is a Mexican wrestler (or luchador) who fights against the forces of evil, both inside and outside the ring, except that he doesn't have any superpower
other than being an arrogant Jerkass
. One of his biggest rivals is his former
wife La Tetona Mendoza
, a really ugly and thuggish woman
who is one of the few people able to kick his ass on a daily basis, and she's an even bigger Jerkass
than El Santos!
The whole comic book is famous (or infamous) for being a no-punches-pulled parody of the Mexican Professional Wrestling
world and also of the Masked Luchador
genre (especially at the expense of El Santo
's popularity) and both Trino and Jis don't have any qualms
in using any kind of narrative tropes, no matter how ridiculous they can be
Besides the books, there's a series of web-episodes about his adventures, and recently, a full-fledged animated movie under the same name of the original books, El Santos contra La Tetona Mendoza
was shown in Mexico at November 2012.NOTE: This article includes tropes from the comic books, the web-episodes and the animated movie.
El Santos provides examples of: