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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...

Friday, August 7, 2015

Josie's Desert Distress Pt.1


There's a lot going on in this story from Josie #15 (Radio Comics, Inc.~September, 1965), as Josie, Pepper, Melody, Albert and Alex find themselves "marooned" on what they think is another planet. The tale borders on sic-fi and even a conspiracy theory or two, depending upon how far one reads between the lines. And pay particular attention to the cigar-chompin' sergeant...he has his own idea for dealing with our distressed quintet. Here are the first eight pages. Goodies at the end along with the cover scan...










Below is the restored version of the cover scanned in from my personal collection. There are pencil marks on it but, I did some copy/paste magic and colour touch-ups. The Part 2 splash page mirrors the cover, more or less. The chase scene on the cover does not appear in the story, itself (as was the case with most of these covers). And I believe the art is by the late, Dan DeCarlo, though there is no credit given in the book.


Some other things to note: seat-belts had just been made mandatory in vehicles in July of 1965. This story was published in September of that year but could've been written/drawn well before the law was enacted. Apparently, Alex's van/camper wasn't equipped with them. In any case (and after getting tossed about by a rogue tornado), I highly doubt the kids would have fared as well as they did. Meh. I'm also wondering about how a lake of gelatin can hold up under the hot desert sun. Mom said something about cyclamates in the Kool-aid back then...



...at any rate, the story will be continued in Part 2...

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