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...

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Her Name Was Rio


No, this isn't a post about a Duran Duran song. It's about one of my favourite (and gorgeous) heroines of WWII comic books, Señorita Rio (a.k.a. Rita Farrar, actress turned spy...) Rita left the glamour of Hollywood to join the allied forces as a spy/agent after the bombing of Pearl Harbour. She was drawn by Lily Renée. Read Lily's wiki page, if you please...I highly recommend it. This is a repost which I've upgraded a bit, especially with more detail panels.

Rita's main base of operations was down in South America, where she thwarted the Nazi threat there. Always in danger of being captured (which happened quite a lot), she usually managed to get free or rescued in the proverbial "nick of time". She debuted in the pages of Fight Comics #19 (Fiction House~June, 1942), of which a majorly restored version appears in this post, courtesy of yours truly ;) Her stories were mostly 8 to 10 pages though they shortened to only 6 pages near the end of the series (which lasted until around issue #71 and by that time could be found in the back of the book, over-shadowed by the vastly popular Tiger Girl.)









And a couple of detail panels, of course...




And mustn't forget the cover. The early Fight Comics covers were lacking in "Damsels in Distress" but this soon picked up...and how!

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