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...

Monday, October 28, 2013

Diced Pt.2

Here's part two of Mary's encounter with Dicehead...as an aside, being one who worked with torpedo-tubes while I was in the Navy's submarine force, I find it highly unlikely anyone could survive the air pressure required to eject a "water slug" or torpedo. But since this was only a comic story, I'll give it some leeway...

Monday, October 21, 2013

Diced Pt.1

In the February 1948 edition of Mary Marvel (#21), Mary runs up against the cunning "Dicehead", who has his own way of dealing with crooks. Unfortunately, Mary finds this out a bit too late...or is it? Here's part one of an eleven-pager, along with the book's cover (lovingly upgraded by me!)

I'll leave this in "cliff-hanger" status, heh, heh...Part 2 Monday week next...

Monday, October 14, 2013

It's No Youth

Another DID-filled tale from Mary Marvel #16. This time round, Mary almost doesn't figure out who the crook is, in time...

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Devil Drums

From Black Cat Mystery #43 (Harvey, April 1953), comes this tale of greed and death (and one damsel in peril, of course...) It's titled "Devil Drums" and the cover is a bit misleading, as you'll soon read in this quick five-pager...

And for the original art to this cover, you can blip on over to HERE for a look-see, see?

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Jane Drake Disobeys

Here's the first Jane Drake story as found in Crash Comics #1 (May 1940) You'll no doubt notice the Nancy Drew-ish like set-up & behaviour. The five-pager kinds leaves one thinking a couple of pages are missing but, this is not the case. If you've read any of the early Nancy Drew books, you'd find that Nancy wasn't prone to breaking & entering (that came in later books...) Jane though, doesn't seem to care how she gets to her clews...but she does get a scolding by her father.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Ginny Gordon-The Lending Library

From Whitman (1954) written by Julie Campbell and illustrated by Margaret Wesley. Ginny finds out almost too late who is behind the theft of rare books. At the story's climax, Ginny finds herself alone in an old mansion. The thief barges in demanding certain information and is willing to torture Ginny to get it. He first lights a match while tightly grasping Ginny's wrist to prove his point. He soon switches to a lighter. There are some missing elements to this scene:

1st~Ginny ponders about the gas in the house being left on with all the windows and doors shut, but there is no mention of any use of the kitchen stove. The assumption is that the crook will leave her K.O'd or bound and gagged to suffocate from the gas, which never occurs.

2nd~Ginny leans back in the chair she's sitting in as the crook produces a lighter to start his torture of her fingers. She leans back in the chair and kicks him while at the same time falling over backward and knocking herself out! There is never mention of her being forced to sit in a chair nor of the K.O. scene, directly. Upon the next chapter, Ginny wakes up to face her chums, somewhat confused. As usual, she's rescued in the nick of time.

So there's your peril set-up. You can fill in the blanks if you've enough imagination (like I do...) This is also the last Ginny Gordon book I'll be featuring. LIke I averred in an earlier post, I only have four of the six books in this series. My fourth book "The Broadcast Mystery" probably wouldn't appeal to anyone (hint: it's lacking in the DID department...)

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Ginny Gordon-The Disappearing Candlesticks

From Whitman (1948) written by Julie Campbell and illustrated by Margaret Jervis. Ginny runs afoul of a crook out for revenge on his former employer after being "sent up" for a ten year prison stretch, for stealing. Ginny finds this out near the end of the story as she is caught snooping by the ex-con. Too scared to move, her own fear keeps her in "mental bondage" (the crook does threaten to leave her bound and gagged but this never happens, so is a missed opportunity...)

The old man in the illustrations is Franklin who has worked for Ginny's Great Aunt Betsy for years. He's the one after the candle-sticks and (repeatedly throughout the story) threatens proper discipline. This also, never happens in the story. Below are the cover and the four "implied-peril" illustrations, done by Margaret Jervis.

Monday, October 7, 2013

She's A Big Girl Now

Here's the only real DID scenario from Mary Marvel #13...it's a two-page text short story with a very limited illustration. I don't often post text pages but in this case I made an exception. Read on...

And now...for something...extra...!

Because this seemed like too short a post, I've added on the first story from Mary Marvel #16, with some bonus features of its own. Looks like Dr. Sivana's wicked daughter Georgia, is up to her old tricks again!

But wait! There's more!

Like any comic book, every now & then, the cover actually has something to do with a story in the book, itself. This is one such book. The cover scan I rebuilt as best I could...

Many of the books in my "e-collection" are available for free. The link is in the sidebar (or HERE if you're too lazy to read the sidebar~LOL!). Each book I find (that I do not personally possess), comes with its own set of problems. Small scans, yellowed & crooked pages, missing panels or page corners, dark or faded scans, etc. Microfiche scans are the toughest to work with. I spend a great deal of time attempting to improve these scans to the best of my Mac's ability. I don't use Photoshop, never have. Below is an example of a page from the story above, to give you an idea of what I'm sometimes up against. Compare if you will.