Little Toma

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Little Toma
Start date: September 20th, 1937
End date: February 5th, 1938
# of strips: 120 (20 weeks)
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Ray Moore
Original colorist: N/A
Preceded by: "War in the Jungle"
Followed by: "The Prisoner of
the Himalayas

"Little Toma" (also known as "Toma" and as "Little Tommy") is the fourth Phantom daily story. It was originally published in American newspapers from September 20th, 1937 to February 5th, 1938.

The story was written by Lee Falk and drawn by Ray Moore.

Plot Summary

The Phantom discovers that one of the natives children, Toma, actually is a western boy. He investigates the matter and finds out that Toma, in fact, is the only son of a deceased english missionary, who had been killed when he was travelling home to claim his rightful title as lord. The man behind the conspiracy turns out to be his brother, who now has the title of lord. The lord tries to conceal the crime but finally feels that he cannot kill an innocent boy.

The ex-lord is turned over to the police, most likely to be hanged, while his unknowing daughter is left with the task of taking care of the little boy to compensate for her fathers crime.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Tommy Reynolds aka. Little Toma
  • Nanda
  • Beeli
  • Nobo
  • James Reynolds
  • Stella
  • Limey
  • Fred
  • Petey
  • Mr. Rogers
  • Tai Low
  • Inspector Fogg
  • Lord Revel
  • Enid Revel
  • Inspector Murdock


  • India
    • Bengal
      • Upper Tylani
        • Tylani River
        • Frasertown
      • Calcutta
  • Aden
  • Indian Ocean
  • England
    • London
      • Limehouse
      • Pennyfield
    • Revel Manor


  • Scotland Yard



Behind the scenes

Title panel.
  • For the first time the Phantom's home is said to be in Bengal, India. Previously it was said to be located on Luntok, an island between Sumatra and Jakarta.
  • This is the first time the Phantom is seen traveling in Cabin 14, and the first time he is seen in his traditional coat, hat and glasses – later to be known as his "Mr. Walker" outfit.
  • This marks the first story where neither Diana, Guran, the Bandar nor Melville Horton appear.
  • It is stated that the Witchdoctors of the jungle are informed that the Phantom isn't immortal, and that they assist him on his village visits.
  • This story has often been reprinted with the title "Little Tommy". However, the actual title "Little Toma" appears in the last daily strip of the preceding story.


This story has been published in the following publications:

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