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...

Friday, December 23, 2016

Happy Holidays DPL Style

Now that I'm no longer involved with the day-to-day tensions of the DeviantART censor commies, I can concentrate on the more fun things. Like updating all my blogs! Wishing everyone that reads this a very Happy Christmas. And hopefully Santa will leave a few good surprises in your stockings, heh, heh! Here's a "gotcha" cover from The Kilroys #21 ( Dec1949-Jan19~50B & I Publishing Co., Inc. under American Comics Group). Enjoy!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Tamina's Terror

Here is a great example of a "Gotcha" cover...that is only half of what it seems. On the cover we get a blonde damsel in peril, fully clothed (more or less), being grabbed by a group of "Lizard Men". But the scene here is a total fabrication. Open up the book Baffling Mysteries #8 (Periodical House, Inc. under Ace~May, 1952) and you get a similar story-line but...with a whole different cast of characters. The blonde is, instead, a red-haired, barely clad damsel. The bad guys are both a native tribe and Lava Men! This two-page sequence features Tamina trussed to a sturdy post, ready to be sacrificed. In the next scene she passes out, mainly from exhaustion. So far, these are the best scans I could find for this story, and I had to rebuild them. The complete book is over at the DCM. Just look under the "Ace" banner.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Dubble Bubble Bondage

Here's something for those of you who played "TUG" in your early years. We never played at "pirates", ourselves, but that didn't stop this gang from acting out this scenario. Culled from Hopalong Cassidy #60 (Fawcett Publications, Inc.~October, 1951), this is the best example I've yet to come across. And I was able to make better detail panels. The gum is still being produced, today. But, alas, the adverts (like this one) are not. Have a read and perhaps a jog down memory lane...

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Sis Had A Close Call

Here's something from my "I-have-no-idea-what-to-think-of-it" files. Really. I even had a hard enough time trying to think up a reasonable post title! The sequence here is from a 16-page promotional comic book, touting the uses of "Hadacol". Check out the Wiki link and be amazed...or disgusted. Anyway, the sequence has a brother/sister team following the bad guys into the mountains to get back a stolen treasure map. Of course, they are caught and left trussed up in an old mine. The girl, simply known as "Sis", is a ringer (more or less) for a much younger Mary Marvel but, this ain't no Jack binder art! I'm not even sure who drew this. There was no more info on the DCM other than the print date of "1951". The Wiki page might have more info if you want to sift through it.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Ruth's Remorse

In an earlier post I stated that I never knew when a "damsel-in-distress" sitch would manifest itself. I've culled a few from romance comics, of all places. Here's another find from the DCM and courtesy of Craig Yoe. From My Romantic Adventures #50 (Best Syndicated Features, Inc. under American Comics Group~Oct.-Nov., 1954). For mood music, may I suggest playing "Crazy Bitch" from Buck Cherry in the background...ahem. Anyway, in the story here, Ruth is a victim of her own mind-set...thinking she's inherited her father's insanity. WARNING! Abuse panels! Straightjacket panels! Strong-arming panels! Bonus cover and detail panels follow in this self-restored thriller. Read on...

Bonus goodies!

It's hard to see but she is gagged in this panel.

Note that Ruth is still in her straightjacket...in the bath!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Bubble Trouble For Phoebe

I like to delve into as much reading as I can. Mostly books or other printed materials. Basically, anything that will help me to escape the pressures of the Real World around me, I'm up for a read on. My latest read is a news strip titled, "Phoebe's Unicorn" by Dana Simpson. The strip centers round Phoebe and her new-found friend "Marigold"...who just happens to be a unicorn (cue the Irish Rovers "The Unicorn" song...) There's a lot of humor and even some wit here and for me, it takes me back to wanting to be a kid again. I was surprised to find this in a recent newspaper from, Saturday, October 1, 2016. And, since this blog deals with all things "Damsels In Distress", it fits right in...

The joke here is familiar and not to be taken too seriously. The strip is a fun read and you can bet I'll be getting the books for this one.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Velma's Solo Mystery

Here are the pertinent pages for a rare, solo adventure for Velma, as found in Scooby-Doo #126 (DC Comics~January, 2008). It's the last story in the book (The Phantom of the Rock Club), in which Velma comes to the aid of her old 3rd grade school chum, Missy. Here, I've left the last page as is so, you'll have to flip it to read it better, heh, heh...

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Velma's Cover Dilemma

Here's a kind of follow-up to the Daphne peril cover I posted, HERE What starts as a "gotcha" cover ends up with some nice surprises in this lead story from Scooby-Doo #120 (DC Comics~July, 2007), as the gang try to rescue Vivian Lamoon, from, well, you'll just have to read it to believe it, heh, heh...bonus cover and detail panels follow for this 8-pager. Unfortunately, neither Daphne or Velma get any "treatment" but, Daphne does get roughed up a bit on pg.6. And note that Ms. Lamoon is actually kidnapped...twice! Read on...

...aaaaaannndd...the cover with another detail of Daphne...

...aaanndddd....more goodies! I edited out the bi-plane in the last panel. Due to so many border overlaps, it just looked better.