Saturday, July 30, 2011
William Woolfolk's Records Book
It turns out that he kept a meticulous sales record of his comic book scripts. A few years ago his daughter, author Donna Woolfolk, let Marc Svensson scan the old notebook. That was a generation ago in scanning technology; it was a long and meticulous task for Marc. I've transcribed the handwritten pages and added, where I could, the information that Woolfolk left out: where the stories were published. For the first few years, he entered only the feature name, but in 1945 he started entering thumbnail story descriptions.
One of the 7-page Captain Marvel Junior scripts he wrote in late 1944, recorded without a description in the notebook, was probably the first of three appearances of Graybeard, who took up crime again after serving a 99-year prison sentence. That story was published in CMJ 37, the April 1946 issue. (Woolfolk no doubt had stories published in a number of the comics pictured on the cover, as he was also writing Captain Marvel, Mary Marvel, Captain Midnight, Don Winslow, and others for Fawcett at this time.) I credit him with this story because the January 1945 page of the records book notes the second Graybeard script, and the May page the third. Next post: the first 1945 page and my transcription.