Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Woolfolk Records 1953/01

Adventure 191--The Two Clark Kents

A William Woolfolk story bought by Fawcett is followed here by ones for DC and Orbit. That story isn't published by Fawcett; This Magazine Is Haunted 16 is Charlton's second issue after buying the rights to the title and inventory.

And Woolfolk returns to Archie Publications after writing Black Hood and so forth in the early-to-mid Forties; but with a try at the company's by-now flagship character he scores another rare rejection and moves on.

January 1953 Comic Book Scripts by William Woolfolk

5 pg  The Evil Ministers political leaders who are really demons
"The Evil Ministers" This Magazine Is Haunted 16, Mar/54
Operation Tall Tales a tall tale teller who does heroic deeds and can't prove it
8  "Operation: Tall Tales" All-American Men of War 6, Aug-Sept/53
12  Superman the new Krypton
"The Return of Planet Krypton" Action 182, July/53
Archie the burglar alarm [reject]
The Girl That I Marry bachelor tells why he couldn't marry
"The Girl That I Marry" Love Diary 35, June/53
Flying Blind a blind pilot has to take in a jet fighter
"Flying Blind" Our Army at War 12, July/53
12  Superman the perfect plot to kill Superman
"The Perfect Plot to Kill Superman" Action 183, Aug/53
Prescription for Happiness girl learns she doesn't love soldier
[untitled PFH] L Diary 35, June/53
12  Superboy Clark Kent's double lives in his home
"The Two Clark Kents" Adventure 191, Aug/53
Fighting Man doctor who wants to see real combat
"Soldier without Armor" OAAW 14, Sept/53


  1. Do these records contain other notes on rejected scripts? This is the first time I remember seeing one.

  2. Tony, the other one noted was in November 1951, when Quality rejected a Blackhawk story about a "swarm of horrors." Within the month Woolfolk evidently revised and shortened it into an Ibis for Fawcett; in the new entry he described it as "locust god" but it was published under the title "The Swarm of Horrors."

    There were three or four scripts in 1945 whose entries he blacked out very thoroughly, so those may have been self-rejections--quickly-abandoned bad starts, I would think.

  3. Hi,

    Have you ever looked at the Mad imitations? I would love to see what Jerry Siegal wrote. He is credite here and there, but never on a particular article. Where to start? Also, there is a lot of credited work in Lunatickle, but Jack Mendelsohn denies some of those credits... how to check?

  4. Ger, I've glanced at some of the back-and-white humor magazines and not come up with much; the less-comic-booky style everyone goes for in imitation of Mad Magazine makes their work less distinctive.

    It's dangerous to try to ID a writer by subject matter, but still, in Cracked in its first decade or two, I strongly suspect that most of the monster/Transylvania articles reminiscent of Bats and Madhouse are in fact by George Gladir.