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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...

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


Godzilla 713 said...

You can find more images of our intrepid seuth in the case of tapping heels. Where Nancy gets knocked out and tied up on a ship. Here are some of the images


Subby said...

Depending on which version of that story you read, she's also tied up in a basement. I've all the older & newer illos, it just will take a lot of time to scan 'em all in ;)

Spyder0 said...

There was another book in the same series That I cannot remember the title. Ame illustrator, Paul frame depicted a scene of Nancy with one foot tied to the floor while Water was flooding in and her head barely staying above the water to get air. Does anyone remember this?

Subby said...

The book in question was a collection of short stories that I posted(along with the illustration you mention) here