Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Woolfolk Records Update 7--Mostly Love Diary

I found these Love Diary stories—most usefully the untitled Prescription for Happiness installments undescribed in the GCD indexes—when the issues were put online on the Digital Comic Museum and on Comic Book Plus.

Prescription for Happiness asks readers' advice in order to give cash prizes for the best letters. As of Love Diary 3 text, Ray Mann is "Miss Mann" (since she's publisher/editor Ray Hermann), but with the first Prescription in issue 4 and Mann's being pictured as a character, she becomes a he for the rest of the run.

Love Diary 37 Prescription for Happiness tier

Before seeing the scanned issue itself, I had figured "My Office Lover" fit into LD 8 with the other romance stories William Woolfolk recorded writing that month, but it actually waited twelve issues to get published under a changed title and page count.

Until I saw it, the Tom Mix Western 9 story "Mistaken Identity" seemed, from the title, the best match in the timeframe for the idol of outlaws description. But (this issue was also put online since my post) that story turns out not to be about Mix's being an idol of outlaws and it's not in Woolfolk's style.

darkmark tracked down the Monte Hale.

Comic Book Scripts by William Woolfolk
—updates to earlier posts

November 1947

9 pg   Tom Mix the idol of outlaws

TM Western or Wow
June 1948

Monte Hale tournament for marksmen
"The Killers' Tournament" MH Western 33, Feb/49
April 1950

My Office Lover secretary & her boss
7  "I Loved My Boss" Love Diary 20, Sept/51


Prescription for Happiness guy supports his family and so can't marry
[untitled PFH] L Diary 37, Oct/53
July 1953

Prescription for Happiness gal with lousy family loves guy
[untitled PFH] L Diary 39, Jan/54
August 1953

10  Cold, Cold Heart a girl afraid of men because once she was nearly raped
"Cold, Cold Heart" L Diary 40, Feb/54
September 1953

Prescription for Happiness city gal loves farm boy
[untitled PFH] L Diary 40, Feb/54
November 1953

Prescription for Happiness guy loves a selfish gal
[untitled PFH] L Diary 41, Mar/54
February 1954

Prescription for Happiness girl afraid she'll lose guy if he goes back to college
[untitled PFH] L Diary 44, June/54


  1. The Tom Mix story could be "The God of Evil" from TOM MIX WESTERN #5 (May 1948), but without an issue to check, it's impossible to verify.

  2. That's a different interpretation than I had but sounds just as good--and I wish kids had held onto more Fawcett westerns for posterity!