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, November 18, 2019

The Art Of Chloroform

Author's note: Below are some examples of the "chloroform" type gag as used in the old pulp books. The ones here I gathered, enlarged and restored from the British "Thriller" series. Under each illustration, you'll note the book number date each was published. Sourced from HERE. The linked site isn't new to me but...I'm just now getting round to exploring it. The old pulps gathered here are quite a treasure trove. So much so, that I'll be doing these in general categories or themes. There will be more to come as I continue to edit and restore my finds...

Thriller #5 March 9, 1929

Thriller #36 Oct. 12, 1929

Thriller #61 April 5, 1930

Thriller #165 April 2, 1932

Thriller #211 Feb. 18, 1932

Thriller #562 Nov. 11, 1939

Sunday, November 10, 2019

It's Just Mud

Here's the other story from Archie's Girls Betty & Veronica #107 (Close-Up, Inc.~November, 1964), that features a full-body mud pack that wears like cement...almost. For you lovers of all things muddy, sticky and cemented(?) Delicious art by the late, great, Dan DeCarlo. Have a read and watch for the "out of context" panel on page 3 (which I did up for a bonus panel)...

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Betty Gets Delayed

Every now-n-then, I come across a book cover that just screams, "manip me!" Like this old issue of Betty & Veronica #331, from 1984. Wasn't too hard to "draw" a gag and cross-bar for her hands, heh, heh...and I did a slight edit with the words. Original cover followed by the "improved" version, with apologies to the late Dan DeCarlo...

Friday, September 20, 2019

Hazel's Hazards

Anyone remember "flip books"? Y'know, those goofy little books where you rifle through the pages quickly to produce an "animated" scene? I've finally tracked down the one in this here post. Unfortunately, the bidding on this thing is out of controlle and...way over any budget I might've had for it. It's from Little Giant Movie Funnies #2 (Centaur Comics~October, 1938)!! My particular interest is in the "Hazards of Hazel" story (which is another rip on the "Perils of Pauline" genre). Anyone have any (or ken where I can find) scans of the interiors for this?

Monday, August 12, 2019

Betty Gets Sleepy

Above is an old PSA from Archie Comics, that was run in just about every comic they published back in the 1990's for their, "Just Say No To Drugs", campaign. I've included one of them here, to contrast against the story from Archie's Girls Betty & Veronica #107 (Close-Up, Inc.~November, 1964). Ah, the '60's. Twas a different time, folks. Now-a-days this would seem totally inappropriate, especially the sharing of prescribed drugs (next-to-last panel). Have a read...and maybe a kip afterwards...

Author's WARNING! Teen drug useage!

Monday, August 5, 2019

Spider Woman 1944

Once again, I've managed to find a "golden age" reference to a modern-day character. Possibly. In this case, it's Spider Woman (a.k.a, Helen Goddard, daughter of Dr. Goddard...no, not the rocket scientist...) According to the DCM info, this was the first appearance of this character. Unfortunately, Spider Woman was a "one shot" story. I culled this tale from Major Victory Comics #1 (H. Clay Glover Co. under Chesler Comics~1944). From what I gathered in reading this, is that Helen continues her late father's work of capturing insects & snakes for museums & zoos. She uses the "spider woman" costume to scare away snoopers. She's also terrified of guns (or so she avers to in this story). I would have liked to have seen this original character develop but...this, as so oft happens with proto-type characters, never did take off. And here, Helen herself is in no real danger but the crooks are, heh, heh...she is aided by an escaped hostage, Jimmy. Have a read...

Sunday, August 4, 2019


Author's note: "TUGVERT" is a term I created to describe and advertisement that involves a TUG (or, Tie-Up Game, for those that don't ken what the acronym means). There were plenty of "tugverts" hidden in comic-books throughout the 1940's & '50's, mainly the "Dubble Bubble Gum" & R.C. Cola adverts (of which I've posted a couple to the DPL in the past). The one below is from 1956 and is culled from two different comics of that year. The un-colourised one I found in Lash Larue #62 & the colourised one is from Wild Frontier #3. I did a total restoration on both but took liberties with the non-coloured one (this includes the new "gagged" version). This'll give you an idea of what I can do without a photoshop programme...have a look...

As you can see above, I only did a "colour adjustment". The source materiel was pretty dark but decent enough to work with. Total time was less than 5 minutes, including making the detail panel. The non-coloured one was a bit more of a challenge as the source materiel was a bit...er...degraded. Since I use an old Mac paint programme, this took me quite a bit longer...

Above is the original page (or, in this case, the IFC or, Inside Front Cover). It's in pretty bad shape. A quick crop and then copy/paste onto a bigger, blank page for a re-sizing...

...after the resize came the colour adjustment, which still left a lot of brown on the page, despite the full removal of any colour. After that, it was time to break out the "paint pen" and get serious. There's a lot of white paint in this but...I managed to get rid of about 99% of the "rust". Detail panels next and then my lame attempt to "draw" a gag on the poor damsel, heh, heh...and there you have it!

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Beatrice In Bondage

Here's a little nugget I found in Tim Holt #26 (Magazine Enterprises~Oct.-Nov., 1951). Federal Marshall, Beatrice Jordan, goes snooping just a bit too far and, well...you can probably guess what happens next, even if you don't read this, heh, heh...now 95% restored!