Welcome to the DPL...

Welcome to the Damsel Preservation League or "DPL" for short. Contained herein, you'll find a multitude of damsels of all ages worthy of preservation, as well as many links to current artists & writers of the DID genre, and many old-school favourites. Although this is basically a research type blog, there may be some occasional "mature" themed comics so, beware of this. Also this blog & is moderated to keep the spam to a minimum. The majority of the images are ones I've personally "rebuilt" from either my own collection or scans found elsewhere on the 'net. Any applicable copyrights belong to the owners and I make no money from them. Also note that this blog is still a work in progress and will be added to as I continue along...

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

GOTCHA!

What do these four "BEWARE" covers have in common? Well...they are all pre-code horror comics...all the damsels are wearing red (naturally)...and all are in or will soon be in some kind of ghastly peril. Oh yeah...and all these scenes do not appear directly in the books themselves. These are known as "GOTCHA" covers. I'm not sure who coined the phrase but, "Gotcha" covers have been round for quite a while. I'm guessing it all started with the early pulp books or even the "Penny Dreadfuls" of the 19th Century. At any rate it was usually an advert gimmick to lure you to by the book based solely on the cover action. Most of the time it usually worked. These covers here hail from the early 1950's (1953, I believe.)





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