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, June 30, 2014

The Gadget Master

The three stories I have from Mary Marvel #27 (Fawcett~August, 1948), strangely do not involve her in any form of bondage except for some strong-arming. Oh yeah. And a face full of glue! Never-the-less, the peril is there, especially in the third story, which you'll be seeing toward the middle of July. However, she does get a face full of glue in this first, five-page story...

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Nancy Drew Cover Perils Pt. 8 General DID 2

Here are the last of my "perilous" Nancy Drew cover scans. Some you'll note can easily fit into the other five categories. I'll also list spoilers for some these, so pay attention.

Book #111 has Nancy and George sneaking out of the window of their cabana. The attacker is unseen by the reader but the girls know full well who it is in the story.

Book #140 has Nancy running out of controlle due to her roller blades coming apart. She just misses getting hit by a speeding vehicle!

Book #151 is the only book (at least for the U.S. editions) that features Nancy in any form of bondage on the cover. Without giving too much away, she's K.O.'d by her attacker. When she wakes up she finds herself trapped in a roller coaster that is running out of controlle. Note that she is improperly strapped in and is in great danger of falling out!

In the climax of Book #155, Nancy finds herself at the mercy of the bad guy in the midst of a tornado outbreak. Weird things happen with tornados but the set-up is almost unbelievable. The speeding car she's being held in gets sucked up by a monster twister. Nancy (unbound) hangs on as long as she can before she herself is sucked out of the car! By a small miracle she ends up with only a few cuts and bruises. The crook fairs fatally as he is destroyed along with the car he was driving.

Nancy and friends on a "run-away" carriage in Central Park.

Terror at the opera as Nancy watches from the wings in horror, as a weight is about to crush the actors on stage!

Nancy Drew Cover Perils Pt. 7 General DID 1

Here are a few of the Nancy Drew covers that fit with my category of "General DID/DIP". Most are fairly self-explanatory, except for Book #67. This is one of the very few times that the cover does not co-incide with the story. It is "over-dramatized". In the book, there is no plane crash as the cover would suggest, at least not like what is depicted. But I'm not issuing a spoiler here so, you'll have to find a copy and read it for yourself.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Nancy Drew Cover Perils Pt.6 Knockouts

Very few of the U.S. Issue Nancy Drew covers feature a knocked-out or "K.O.'d" damsel. I only note a handful below. And while I have these set in a separate category, they could also be included in my "Unknown Assailant" category. As for how many times Nancy herself has been knocked out...I've lost count. For in some of the books she's been K.O.'d twice and even thrice!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Unknown Lois Lane Peril

A few years ago I acquired the "remains" of an old (presumably) Superman comic. There was no cover and a lot of the pages were missing. Bits and pieces of the pages were in the comic bag and the pages were a deep tan colour. But because of the splash page and one other page I could salvage, I bought it. It was worth the two dollars. Unfortunately, I've not had much luck in tracking down the book these pages actually came from. I probably couldn't afford it anyway. Using the book's IHAs (In House Adverts) as a guide, I was at least able to learn the (possible) year of publication as 1942 (Batman #12 is featured in one of the ads so I was able to track that down on HAG.) Above is the only detail panel worth noting. Below are the two pages I managed to "bring back to life". If any one has the rest of this book or knows which issue I should be looking for, please let me know :)

Nancy Drew Cover Perils Pt. 5 Unknown Assailants 2

Here are the other ten covers that deal with Nancy's "unknown assailants". From butcher knives and arrows, to shadows lurking around the corner, the enemy remained used virtually any weapon and remained unseen until it was almost too late...

Here's a spoiler: Book #142 does not allude to what happens inside. In this story the cover only illustrates that Nan and friend are running from something or somebody, in the rain. What they are running from (in the story proper), is a hail bullets as an automatic weapon opens up on the duo! The story takes place in Washington D.C.

Nancy Drew Cover Perils Pt. 4 Unknown Assailants 1

I'd have to say that the majority of Nancy Drew's assailants were unknown to her, at least at first. Her head had a real bad habit of attracting "blunt force trauma", from pistol whipping and improvised clubs, to falling rocks and even dropped flower pots! She also attracted a lot of chloroform. In fact, she seemed to be a magnet/sponge for it. The covers here (I have twenty of them but am posting ten each at a time), allude to Nancy either being chased by an unseen enemy, or an "warning" attack. This only adds to the drama within the book itself. Often I'd find myself reading the story and waiting for the scene to come along...

Book #58 has various cover but this is among my favourites. The story itself involves "UFOs" and has a  very surreal dream sequence that both Ned and Nancy suffer, do to the effects of "swamp gas".

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Nancy Drew Cover Perils Pt. 3 Known Assailants

In a few of the Nancy Drew books, she often knew beforehand who her attacker/assailant was. The ten covers here feature this theme even if the reader has to guess the identity of the assailant. But, there are a few instances where Nancy herself, becomes the chaser in order to turn the tables on the bad guys (or girls as the case may warrant.) The last two covers below illustrate this. Also, there are no spoilers here...

Covers art for #61 and #70 are particularly favourites of mine. At some point I'd like to replace #61 for a better copy...

And if you're just now finding this here blog, you can read my review for Book #75, which includes the illustrations and details of Nancy's capture and perils.