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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, May 3, 2014

ND Ski Jump

The 29th book in the original Nancy Drew series is "The Mystery at the Ski Jump". First published in 1952 by Grosset and Dunlap. The illustration below is from a later edition (in this case a cameo edition from 1953.) The scene comes near the end of the story. It's a winter-time setting. Nancy, Ned and Chuck go in search of the mysterious ski jumper. It is night-time and the full moon (of course) is occasionally covered over by passing clouds. Nan gets separated and is soon grabbed from behind, a (rough) hand clapped over her face! She's warned not to try to run away or she'll get hurt. The man puts her in an iron-tight strong-arm hold while a second man roughly stuffs a hanky into her mouth, then ties her hands behind her back and binds her ankles. She's then carried off into the woods by both men. She's left alone in a cabin with no heat and even though she's wearing ski clothes and a coat, Nancy knew she would soon freeze to death if help did not come. To makes matters worse, the door is padlocked shut and the windows boarded up, giving the cabin the appearance of being shut up for the winter. It isn't long before Ned notices Nancy is missing and an all-out search begins. The time factor isn't revealed but when Nancy is found she's in the early onset of hypothermia and barely conscious.


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