Boban and Molly, Kerala’s most famous cartoon characters, have for decades been friends and ideal leisure time companions to Malayalees across the world. With its debut as a series in the last page of Manorama Weekly, a popular weekly in Malayalam, the series gained immense popularity owing to its element of humour, sarcasm and wit which had social themes as the background.
In fact, the Boban and Molly cartoons were so popular that they have been actively credited with raising the circulation of the weekly from a few thousands to several lakhs in just a couple of years. Readers were known to eagerly open up the last page the moment they grabbed a new issue of the weekly, to delve into the depths of a relatively serious content portrayed with a sense of light humour.
Toms was born to Vaadakkal Thoppil Kunjuthomman Kunjithomman and Sicily Thomas on 6 June 1929 in Kuttanad of Alappuzha district. He completed his graduation from SB College, Changanassery. Later he joined the army as an electrician and left the job soon. He then devoted his career completely for drawing cartoons. His elder brother Peter Thomas was his inspiration behind drawings. Peter was a cartoonist in Shankar’s Weekly that time. Toms started his career in 1950 through Sathyadeepam, a Catholic weekly and Kerala Kaumudi. He then joined Malayala Manorama in 1955
Toms created the character Boban and Molly based on two real life persons of the same name. They were two children from his neighborhood and he discovered them in his 30’s. Boban and Molly was first appeared in the cartoon column of Sathyadeepam. Later the characters became more popular through Malayala Manorama. They were first published on 1957. He resigned from Manorama in 1987 and started Toms Publications.