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, February 27, 2018

Dixie Dugan Dukes Dame


Here's one for you "K.O." fans from an unlikely source: Dixie Dugan vol.3 #4 (Headline Publishers, Inc.~November, 1952). The story in short: Dixie and her chum, Mickey, meet up with a dancer Dixie's brother, Sammy, met while in South Korea. I've only restored the page that deals with Dixie's K.O. of "Tee" Hinds (the dancer). Spoiler alert! Dixie is not arrested! You can read the entire story over at the DCM (there should a link to that site over in the side-bar...)


Monday, February 26, 2018

Mary Marvel's First Time

Author's note: It's been a while since I've had anything to post here for the "Mary Marvel Monday" episodes. It's also been a while since I've gotten round to updating any of my blogs, what with "real life" issues constantly creeping up on me. Those that follow along can note here that this post marks the return of Mary Marvel to the DPL, at least for now. I am working to restore a few other (Mary Marvel) stories and you'll be able to read those in late March or early April, 2018 (once all the real life insanity winds down). More will be explained in a future post. So for now, enjoy this latest attempt of mine at comic-book restoration...


Those who do not know or were never aware of Mary Marvel's first appearance, can so note it here. I've spent some time compiling and researching for this post so, those that follow the DPL know that this will be a rather long one. I've gone way out of my way to restore the pages used to their former glory, as well as creating some rather large detail panels. This post also deals with the first time(s) Mary Marvel appeared in any comic-book. It also deals with the first time Mary was kidnaped...and her first-ever bondage scene.


Most think Mary Marvel's (a.k.a. Mary Batson, a.k.a., Mary Bromfield) first appearance was in WOW Comics #9. Ah...no. That was Mary's third appearance (although it was her first appearance in that particular comic-book series). The opening two detail panels here are from Captain Marvel #18 (Fawcett Publishing~December 11, 1942). Memorise the date. In this issue, Billy Batson (Captain Marvel), learns of his long-lost, twin sister but not her name. That comes later on in the story. You can read the full issue over at the DCM; just look under the "FAWCETT" banner for Captain Marvel comics. Below is the full page the detail panels are based upon...


...and believe me...it wasn't easy to create panels this big while maintaining the cohesion of the images. At any rate, this illustrates the first time Mary not only appeared in any story, but the first time she was kidnaped. Using four thugs to do the deed seems a bit much, even by to-day's standards (what-ever those are), and predates the cover of Crime Does Not Pay #46 (Lev Gleason Publications~July, 1946~see crappy scan of "gotcha" cover below), by almost four years. The very idea of having to use four thugs to capture {what Mary Marvel often referred to herself as} "a little girl", still seems like major over-kill. But it did lend to the dramatics of the story-line(s). The scene on the CDNP cover appears no-where in the book, itself. It's also a book not currently on the DCM. However, I do have a copy I've yet to scan for that site. Later. Maybe.


Mary Marvel's second appearance was among the pages of Captain Marvel #19 (Fawcett Publishing~January 1, 1943). This issue predated WOW Comics #9 by only five days; that book being released on January 6, 1943. Here's an aside: even though both these books hyped up a new book just for Mary Marvel, it would be nearly two years before the book hit the stands in 1945. I'm assuming this was due to the war efforts but, more likely, the ideology of the time of having a young female super-heroine, slapping around the bad guys. What-ever the case, the rest is, as they say, "comic book history".


Captain Marvel #19 also marks the first time Mary Marvel is ever put into a real bondage situation, though a minor one. Here, it's with handcuffs...in front. The opportunity was missed in Captain Marvel #18 (though, Mary was severely strong-armed and carried over-the-shoulder in that issue). I've restored the old scans for this story to about 95%. There were a lot of colour-fills and border fixes (you can view the original scan over at the DCM for comparing, if you like). There is one other detail panel I made, plus the cover scan for this book, at the end. Here's the story, anew! All twelve pages of it! Enjoy!