TIKTIK, subtitled “Magasin ng mga Krimen at Kasaysayan ng Paniniktik”, is a true crime pulp magazine. Started in 1948, Tiktik pushed the threshold in its day for graphic content; be it in its no holds barred articles or lurid pictures of victims of the violent crimes that it features in its pages. It was released 26 times a year and ran until the mid-1980s.
The magazine featured indepth articles on various types of crime ranging from ingenious blue collar crimes to violent crimes of passion and revenge. Aside from the articles and stories, Tiktik also featured some very well-drawn crime comic book stories, much like those that were popularized by EC Comics in the United States.
In order to drum up more sales in the 1970s, the magazine slowly became a “skin magazine” and featured graphic scenes of nudity as well as very adult oriented comics. This trend continued to a shocking degree in the 1980s gaining for itself much notoriety in Philippine society.
In early 1980s, Tiktik became a full-pledged komiks magasin, carrying its subtitle “Palayain ang Sining at Panitikang Pilipino”. It was published by Sagalongos Publications. Tiktik saw its eventual demise when the Philippine government began a crackdown on what it deemed “morally-reprehensible publications”.