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, July 31, 2013

Greedy Gloria

Remember all those Richie Rich comics? C'mon, I know a lot of you read them back in your youth (at least those of you who, like me, grew up in the '60's-'80's...) Remember Richie's girl friend, Gloria? Of course you do. Remember that every now and then, Gloria would get into a bit of trouble? Take this 2-part 10-pager from Richie Rich #63 (Harvey Comics, November 1967...)

Watch out for more perils of the "Harvey Girls" in the future.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Come Fly With Me

"Come fly with me..." no, no...not Sinatra. Um...oh yeah..."Up, up and away, my beautiful, my beautiful balloon..."

I bet poor Millie here felt like she was heading for the 5th Dimension when she got tangled in the ropes for this balloon! And to think she pulled this stunt a year before Josie & the Pussycats did, heh, heh...

The wacky DID 5-pager below is courtesy of my personal collection (scans "un-yellowed" by me), and Marvel Comics Millie the Model #171, as depicted by Stan Lee & Stan G. Though done purely for laughs (or is that "laffs"?), who says a damsel has to be tied up to be in distress? Unfortunately, Millie ends up in traction, thanks to Clinkers stupidity...'natch.

And if you don't get the musical references here...you're probably way too young to know them. Either that or I'm way too old, heh...

Monday, July 29, 2013

Just a Joke Pt.1

The second story in Mary Marvel #7 is an eight-pager but, I've broken it down into two parts. Read on as Uncle Dudley hires a couple of "crooks" to rob his office (not knowing that they are real crooks!), under the pretext of seeing if Mary will break her promise of not using her powers for 12 hours...a promise she made at noon-time.

...what else could possibly go wrong? You'll have to wait until Monday next to find out...muwahahahahaaaa!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

ND Mystery Of The Winged Lion

I'm pretty sure by now, just about everyone has seen the illustration for the #65 Nancy Drew book "Mystery of the Winged Lion". I should mention that there are 5 other illustrations for this book, two of which appear below, along with the afore-mentioned illustration. The first illustration shows the trio (Nancy, Bess & George) following a suspect through the narrow streets of Venice, Italy, late at night. Thus starts what had been a peaceful vacation abroad. The main mystery involves stolen, rare Venetian glass-works. The story was practically repeated in book #78 "The Phantom of Venice", but in that book, Nancy went sans her two chums on a case for her father, Carson (who joins her later in the book). The criminal elements were the same, including the theft of the glass-works. Back to book #65, the girls find out that their "boyfriends" (Ned Nickerson, Burt Eddleton & Dave Evans) have been arrested for smuggling. The girls themselves nearly end up in gaol!

Getting to the climactic scene here...if you've never read the book then consider this a "spoiler" of sorts. One can assume that all three girls were captured at the same time. Not so. The second illustration here features both Nancy and George in the firm grip of their kidnappers, rough hands covering their mouths to silence their cries for help, as they are dragged off. Bess has gotten separated from them, as per usual. Nancy and George are roughly cleave-gagged and tied hand and foot and tossed into a dark, damp room and locked in. It is only a few minutes later, that Bess is duped by one of the kidnappers into being taken to where the other two girls are. Nearing the room, she's quickly gagged with a heavy scarf and similarly trussed up. Eventually, the girls, tired from their ordeal, drift off to sleep. When they awaken they find themselves in a different room but just as dark. Nancy surmises from a faint sweet smell (probably chloroform but not alluded to here), that the girls had been rendered incapacitated before they were moved. The reader can well guess what was used to knock the girls out.

The girls manage to get loose but soon are re-gagging themselves and feigning being tied, when they hear footsteps returning. Nan's poor grasp of Italian doesn't help her much as she strains to listen to the kidnappers, who soon leave without checking on the girls. The lock to the door has been sealed with a lug and it is several hours later that a janitor...er...maintenance man comes along and a rescue is finally made. The girls' other big hurdle is in not having any co-operation from the Italian police. The captain even calls Nancy "meddlesome"...the ending is per usual.

Following a suspect pg.14

Nancy  & George grabbed! pg.64

Trio trussed up pg.97

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Melody Gets Swamped

Below is the cover for Archie Giant Series #67. Poor Melody on the cover here, has fallen into quicksand! This is no "gotcha" cover, either. The story is titled "Swamp Mist Monster" and is the last story in the book. Have a read...

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Breath Of Evil

One of my favourite trio of damsels...Josie & the Pussycats. Especially Melody Jones. Distress and peril scenes were not as rare as one would first think. This is the lead story in Josie & the Pussycats #67 (ARCHIE MUSIC CORP.~February, 1973). It's called "Breath of Evil". Read on, if you dare!

Monday, July 22, 2013


In the first story in Mary Marvel #7, Mary runs into an old nemesis (guess who?), in this 11-pager! This is also another book that features Mary in distress in all three stories. The other two will post on the following Mondays, as always...