I've never felt that Alice Marble in any way has overshadowed Helen Wills. Don't know where you guys get that from. If anything, I've always felt Alice was "undershadowed" b/c of how her career was cut short due to World War II. Helen Wills has always been given her due.
Btw, Wills did say to Jacobs "Too bad, Helen" at the net after their 1938 Wimbledon final. Bill Tilden, who hated Wills, wrote that so great was the sympathy for Helen Jacobs that when she showed up at the Wimbledon ball in crutches, she was given a standing ovation - something the champion (Wills) didn't get.
Said Helen Wills after the match, ""I was very sorry about Helen's ankle. But it couldn't be helped, could it? I thought there was nothing I could do but get it over as quickly as possible." "Life" magazine covered the match in great details including dramatic photos like when Helen Jacobs first fell, Hazel Wightman on the court asking Jacobs to stop playing and Jacobs refusing, the handshake at the net - it seems like Helen Wills could not bring herself to look at Jacobs in the face, though that could be just a photo illusion.
I will say this - Helen Jacobs was a much better writer than Helen Wills!
Wills was asked after she retired for the final time - after the 1938 Irish Ch'ships - if there was anything that would make her come back to tennis. To which she said she would return if she had a chance to play Suzanne Lenglen. Such was her respect for her. Sadly, Suzanne died that year; if I'm not mistaken, on the same day Helen won her final Wimbledon.
Btw, here's an anecdote from 1990 after Martina Navratilova broke Helen's Wimbledon singles record:
Navratilova says she hopes to meet the woman she had shared the record with some day. "I was in Carmel (where Helen Roark, formerly Moody, lives in California) a few years ago and I had the itch just to drive by her home, but I didn't want to invade her privacy," Navratilova says. "I've always wanted to meet her, not just because I've broken her record."