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...

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Betty Bates In Dire Peril


Here's another "Betty Bates" tale as found in Hit Comics #8 ( Comic Magazines under
Quality~February, 1941). Scans restored by me with new detail panels. In this episode, Betty is kidnaped from her flat and is followed by her young pal, Freddie, who steals a ride on the back of the get-away car (kind of in the vein of the old Sally the Sleuth comics). There's lots 'o rough stuff and even an attempt to give our heroine a hot lyme bath! Read on...








...and a quad of bonus panels. And watch for future posts involving Betty Bates as she continues her fight against crime!




Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Gloria's Bad Hair Day


Sometimes a damsel's distress can take on the form of the totally unexpected. It doesn't necessarily have to involve peril or bondage. The results are usually played for laughs as in this re-printed story in Richie Rich's Girl Friend Gloria #23 (HARVEY ILLUSTRATED HUMOR, INC.~March, 1982). Let's just say that Gloria Glad isn't having a good day. She also seems to have quite a "potty" mouth, as is evidenced on page 4, panel 6. Who would've guessed that?





Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Witch Was Thankful


Eric Falcon comes to the aid of a damsel accused of being a witch, in this tale from Buccaneers #21 (Comic Magazines under Quality~April, 1950). Note the woman's name: "Thankful Marlowe". Hence the play-on in the title. Read on...








As an added bonus, here are two "gotcha" covers featuring the Lady Dolores in peril. Lady Dolores was a featured character in the "Captain Daring" stories and oft found herself kidnaped or captured. In issue #22 she's trussed to the mast of a pirate ship (in which the scene exists nowhere in the story); and for issue #24 she's being strong-armed on the cover but not in the story, proper.



Monday, April 27, 2015

Mary Meets The Mummy


There's more GID than DID in this Mary Marvel tale but, I thought I'd include it anyway for the collectors. I spent the better part of a day completely rebuilding the original scans. The scanner did not or was not able to lay the pages flat which caused a few corners to get cut off. With a bit of copy/paste magic, I was able to reconstruct them as you see them here. Culled from WOW Comics #58 (Fawcett~September, 1947), and courtesy of the DCM. Cover scan included for this nine-pager. Read on...










Sunday, April 26, 2015

Two-Gun Lil's Tree-Tied Terror


I've read quite a few of the old Crack Western comics on the DCM but, I could only find one instance where "Two-Gun Lil" gets the "treatment". And in the tale found in Crack Western #78 (Comic Magazines under Quality~May, 1952), it's a "two-for-one" deal. Lil finds herself the victim of a vengeful bandit and is K.O.'d with a large rock. When she awakens, she finds herself trussed to a tree and the (now drunken) cowboy/crook, is using her for knife-throwing practise! Read on to see how Lil gets out of this one. Restored with new detail panels...






Friday, April 24, 2015

Dot Meets Slip Slop


I never knew what wacky names the writers would come up with, when reading harvey comics; especially for the crooks. In this story from Little Dot In Dot-Land #12 (Harvey Comics~May, 1964), Dot's apparent ability to "read" dots on a plate attracts the attention of the gangster, "Slip Slop". Fortunately for Dot, she's a bit smarter than the average crook. Read on...






...as a bonus of sorts, I've included the cover scan to this book. Why? Well, because it's in my private collection but...it's a rare scene to see Dot drawn without her infamous ponytail, among other obvious things ;) I'm not sure if this was ever re-issued with corrected art or if it was left just as it is, here...