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...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Betty In Bondage Pt.2

In Pt.2 of "Seeing Eye" (from Judy #1041~December 22, 1979~D.C. Thomson Co.), Pat finds out the the alleged kidnaping was supposed to be a publicity stunt. Martha avers that she hired a couple of out-of-work actors to perform the act. Unfortunately, greed takes over. I am missing the sequence that follows this one but, it wasn't difficult to figure out the plot-twist. The two actors get greedy and hold out for more than just a small pay packet. Unfortunately for Pat, she's discovered after tripping and falling down the stairs. If anyone has the sequence from Judy #1042 (which would be 29 December, 1979), please share this with me!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Betty Bee In Bondage Pt.1

I could've named this post "Pat in Peril" for the main character but, and as you'll see in a later post, it's the younger actor "Betty Bee" that is the main subject, even though she's only OTS carried up a ladder in this sequence and apparently drugged.

Some background: meet Pat Somerville, junior reporter for the Barstow Star newspaper. She also wears turtleneck sweaters (for those of you into that). Pat appeared as the main character in the story-line "Seeing Eye", as found in Judy & Emma comics (a.k.a., Judy comics). In the story, Pat has been given a pendant that allows her to "see" into the past via people's lies. In this sequence, Pat questions betty's aunt,  Martha Rivers, and soon discovers that Betty had been kidnaped. Pat "sees" the scene in her mind, clear as day (above detail panel). The sequence here is from Judy & Emma #1040 (15 December, 1979~D.C. Thomson Co., London).

After going to the area where Pat thinks Betty is being held, she's accosted, strong-armed, hand-gagged and dragged off into the shade of a group of trees. I only wish the panel was drawn better. Stay tuned for Pt.2...

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Not Doctor Shrinker

Meet "Microgirl", a.k.a., Liz James. As far as I know she first appeared in the pages of Judy & Tracy #1321 (a.k.a. Judy #1321) 5 April, 1985~D.C. Thomson, London. I'm not sure how long this story-line lasted, though. This is the only sequence I have featuring her adventures (or mis-adventures, if you will). The story is simple but not really explained in any great detail. You can read this on the first page. If any of you remember watching Sid & Marty Krofft's "Doctor Shrinker" in the '70's as I do, you'll relate to this version of it. As usual, I over-sized the detail panels. Have a read...

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Sticky Witches

The British Spellbound comics had another series titled, "I Don't Want To Be A Witch". I found one great sequence from Spellbound #14 (25 December, 1976~D.C. Thomson & Co., London), involving giant spiders and a...lot...of...sticky...webbing! Here, Sheila and Jean are exploring Uncle John's curio shoppe. They find a glass paperweight with a spider trapped inside. Sheila's torch somehow causes the spider to grow out of the glass. The next thing the girls know, they are outside being chased by giant spiders! Major stickiness ensues! More detail panels at the end, as well as a bonus (but totally unrelated) cover for the Spanish/Mexican comic-book Arandu #56.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Trudy's Tied Terror

After reading through literally hundreds of British weekly comics, I have found that no plot is too outlandish. Take this one here I found tucked away in the pages of Judy #1027 (15 September, 1979~D.C. Thomson & Co., London). The plot: Trudy Manders and her father are trampoline experts(!) on tour with a circus in Germany. But their real purpose in to locate a missing scientist, Professor Goldsmith. It's a "Cold War" tale of espionage, for the most part. Trudy gets her nose in too far this episode and is quickly grabbed and left bound and gagged while still in her work-out clothes. Read on to see how she gets rescued. Ginormous detail panels abound but are not of the best quality, given how bad most of these scans are...

Monday, May 15, 2017

Marinda's Milieu

Meet Marinda, defender of Earth's ocean life. This is a sampler, three-pager I culled from Bunty #1648 (12 August, 1989~D.C. Thomson & Co., London). This is the only DID sequence I have for her. Details at the end. Have a read...

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Polly In Peril

Here's a sampling from a series called "The Dark Secret of Grimstone Grange", I found in Spellbound #14 (25 December, 1976~D.C. Thomson & Co., London). Here's the story in its shortest form: Mr. & Mrs. Gaunt are a couple of greedy types out to coerce the location of the Lumley family fortune, out of one Louise Lumley. It would seem that the entire Lumley family perished in a fire. Not so. The daughter, Louise, survived. The Gaunts keep poor Louise hidden in an old mill, bound and gagged. Enter Polly Marsh, orphan and general busy-body (snoop), who is convinced Louise is still alive. The sequence here has Polly discovering where Louise is hidden. After a series of stressful attempts, Polly finally manages to get into the locked-up mill. The above detail panel is a first for the DPL (I think), in that it features both damsels in the same panel but each in a different sitch. I also created probably what it the biggest detail panel I've ever done. You'll see that at the end. Unfortunately, like a lot of the British comics I've come across, I do not have the complete story-line for this one. Have a read...

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Jane In Jeopardy


This tale I found in Bunty #1649 (19 August, 1989~D.C. Thomson & Co., London), reminded me of the movie "Benji". This is the only sequence I have of Jane in distress/peril. I'm not sure if there were any other parts to this story-line. Read on...