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...

Friday, January 31, 2014

Sanctuary!

Here's another sequence I forgot I had, from the Marvel Comics version of the Disney-fied version of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame". The book was done as a graphic novel and aside from the ISBN number, is neither numbered or dated. My guess is that it was published either prior to or just after the movie came out. In any case, here's the full sequence of Esmeralda's "burning-at-the-stake" scene, along with her rescue by Quasimodo. Her capture and recovery are not drawn into this particular book...




Thursday, January 30, 2014

Hawk Bait


Here's the 3rd and final Doll Man story from Doll Man #46 (Quality~June, 1953)...







Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Atomic Powder


Here's the 2nd Doll Man story from Doll Man #46 (Quality~June, 1953.) Note, that this isn't itching powder the crook is using...







Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Original Mr. Freeze


Finally got round to "rebuilding" my e-issue of Doll Man #46 (Quality Comics~June, 1953) The first story deals with a character pulled through time named "Frio", who has an uncanny resemblance to Dr. Victor Fries (or Mr. Freeze as he is now known..) However, Frio appeared almost 3 years before Mr. Freeze did (whose 1st appearance was in Batman #121, February 1959.) I've done no further research but would be interesting to know if Frio here, was used as a proto-type for Mr. Freeze...and since Quality became DC Comics...oh, never mind...on with the first Doll Man story...











Monday, January 27, 2014

Mary's Almost Buzzed


From WOW Comics #23 (Fawcett~March, 1944) comes this Mary Marvel story with a deep under-lying nod towards the evils of Hitler and the Hitler Youth movement. I often have to wonder if the writers of this story were falling back on the movie "Hitler's Children" that featured Bonita Granville and was released the year before (1943), for reference materiel. If you're a war historian like myself, I suggest you seek out the movie and draw your own conclusions. I highly recommend it.


This is also the only story I know of or have, that features poor Mary trussed to a log and heading for certain doom toward a huge buzz-saw! Correct me if I'm wrong and if so, clew me in to any other stories that may pertain to this. I recovered the old scans I culled from the DCM from an older folder and finally fixed them up as best I could. Read on...










Even reading this story to-day, one can still pick it apart and make comparisons to the evils of Nazi Germany.


Visions of concentration camps abound as Mary is fed into a "super furnace". Of course, the writer here envisions a temperature that is impossible but, there were usually elements of science-fiction in these stories anyway.





This will also be the last "Mary Marvel Monday" post for now. I have other stories but, the month of February will be solely dedicated to other characters and it will require the entire month to do so. Mary Marvel Mondays will return in March, 2014. And ere I leave her in limbo, here's the cover for WOW Comics #23...



Mary Thinks Aloud


Mary Batson's thoughts are not her own when an evil genius invents a "thought-reading" machine in this tale from WOW Comics #22 (Fawcett~February, 1944) You'll have to pardon the cropped pages as the scans were pretty bad to begin with, before I adjusted them. Also note that this is one of two posts I'll be featuring on this last Monday of January, 2014. The second post, later this afternoon, will reveal why. "Mary Marvel Mondays" will return in March.