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...

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Don Fortune's Gotcha!


Confirmed "gotcha" cover for Don Fortune #3 (Don Fortune Publishing Company~October, 1946). Though the damsel on the cover appears in the story inside, there is no actual image of this in the story, itself. Matter of fact, there's practically no rope-work anywhere in the book! Cover restoration done to the best of my non-Photoshop abilities.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Damsels In Foreign Distress Pt.2


Some of those who know me (both on & off line), know I'm a sucker for Native American maidens & princesses in any kind of distress. And even better if the story is attached to the ol' "Wild West" type of setting. Like the detail example above. But, getting back to what I mentioned in Pt.1 about recycling art; it's been a norm in the business since, well, since the inception of art. There was then and there still is to-day, the art of "swiping". The current Scooby-Doo series (all of them) are a good basis for this; mainly the recycling part. But some of the foreign publishers just re-issue a story and use the same cover. Take the one below. It's an earlier version of the book issued by Bastei but under the Lasso Band series. In this case,  Buffalo Bill #328...


Now, here's the same cover but just under Bastei. Same cover, same story but perhaps a different poster inside. And now it's Buffalo Bill #607...


This next grouping is another example of "recycled" art. Here, I've show-cased all the scans I have, both good and bad, for Buffalo Bill #398 (which was later recycled as #603). Now, keep in mind...I have no "Photoshop" skills what-so-ever. The only programmes I use came with my Mac. Below is a poor quality image for #398, complete with vendor's stamp. I loathe stampings on covers. Even worse is the fact you can tell this was taken with a camera; probably an iPhone or other dig-cam...


Now, here's the same cover but with the stamp magically "erased", using nothing but a copy/paste method. It is followed by a low-quality version of #603...



Of course, one is always at the mercy of the person who scanned an image in. And original art for a cover is hard to find. But in this case, someone did manage to scan in the original cover art for this book, as seen below. Note that I did not have to do any editing for this scan...






Thursday, April 14, 2016

Damsels In Foreign Distress Pt.1


I have a plethora of cover scans from various European comic books. Most of them I found on the "e-Bays" of the particular countries. Mainly Germany and Italy. Over the past ten years or so, I've built up quite a collection. I sourced the best images I could find and restored the ones I could. But my hunt continues for ever better scans. I originally posted a few of the earlier finds to the c3c Yahoo group, back in '07 & '08. I've since found better source materiel for most of those older scans. The gamut runs from "Wild Western", to crime and horror (the horror stuff I'll post up for the 2nd Annual DPL Spooktacular, in October, 2016). All the rest will get posted in the norm, so to speak.

Along the way, you'll note that there was a lot of "recycled" art-work for the various covers, especially among the Italian books but, a few of the German series did the same thing. Nothing new about any of that, wot? The first two parts deal with the German "Buffalo Bill" books, of which the detail above is from issue #270 (under the Lasso Band label via Bastei). I do not have many of this series so, if anyone has links better sources, just let me know. And also note that I am including duplicate scans for recycled works. You'll see what I'm on about in Part 2.

I only wish I had some interior pages to share here but, alas, I do not. I can only wonder if the covers truly speak for the stories. But...I digress.





This cover took extensive restoration.