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...

Monday, August 27, 2018

Mary Marvel's Gag Order

Here's another "missed opportunity" for the crooks to do away with (or worse things to) Mary Batson. From Marvel Family #21 (Fawcett Publishing, Inc.~March, 1948). Mary comes to the aide of a song writer only to get captured by the baddies. Their big mistake was in not using a more suitable gag. Their other mistake was in not tying Mary up in the first place. D'oh! Have a read...

Friday, August 24, 2018

Susan Gets Snatched

Here's another tale from All New Comics And Short Stories #3 (Family Comics, Inc. under Harvey Publications~May, 1943). Even though I retained the complete tale of "Clash of the Yankee Patrol", I only restored the pertinent pages involving Susan's abduction. The details are not up to my usual standards but then, neither were the scans I took them from. The reader never learns Susan's last name. The story in short: four Army chums are in Algeria during WWII, on patrol in an un-named city, where they witness a snatch-n-grab in broad day-light! They give chase and eventually find her, unharmed. Lots of strong-arming ensues. I've omitted 99.9% of the GID. For those that are into that, you can read the whole tale over at the DCM; just search under the Harvey Comics section. The sequence here is not concurrent but is complete and in the correct order. I only wish the hand-gag panel was from a better scan...

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Batgirl In Bondage Pt.2

Here is Part 2 of one of my favourite "Batgirl In Distress" story-lines. Culled and restored from poor scans. Detective Comics #401 (National Periodical Publications, Inc.~July, 1970). If you missed Part 1, you can read that HERE

Batgirl In Bondage Pt.1

I ken most of you have seen this (Batgirl) story before but...never quite this large. As a matter of fact, I made these pages and detail panels so big that I've had to post it in two parts (the total size for both stories is around 75MB)! The scans themselves were already in pretty bad shape so, I fixed them up...a lot!

For those of you that may be new to this story-line, it was the first time Batgirl and Robin teamed up to solve a case! Used as back-up stories for Detective Comics in 1970, here is the first part from Detective Comics #400 (National Periodical Publications, Inc.~June, 1970). Glorious art and inks by Gil Kane and Vince Colletta (respectively) and great script by Denny O'Neil! After 48 years, this still ranks as #1 in my book for Batgirl in distress!

Veronica Gets Small

Here's one for you "vore" and "shrinking" fans, from Archie's Girls Betty & Veronica #74 (CLOSE-UP, INC.~February, 1962). Incidentally, my reprint copy of this didn't fit my old scanner (will remedy that as soon as I get a new one). So for now, you can read this poor scan I found on-line and did only a limited amount of editing to. There's a lot of hidden subtext to this one...

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Dorothy's Dire Dilemma

Here's another story involving a "haunted house", a doctor, a nurse and...Nazi spies. Culled and restored as best I could from All New Comics And Short Stories #3 (Family Comics, Inc. under Harvey Publications~May, 1943). The set-up is a common and well-known one; rainy night, couple in car that breaks down...not far from the only refuge...an old, haunted mansion. The only real plot twist, is a group of "fifth columnists" and Nazi spies using the old place as a base of operations. Befuddled Dr. Tom Thomas (yes, that is his name), hears Nurse Dorothy's screams and goes to investigate her disappearance. Cue the "secret door inside the fireplace". I'm still not sure what it is that he tosses into the room but, it's enough to knock out everybody, including the, still bound and gagged, Dorothy!

I've been taking liberties with detail panels, especially (when an old scan is good enough) to do insets of the panels, themselves. You'll see more of this in the future. Read on...