The magazine was renamed several times during its appearance. While it was still called Kibō no Tomo (希望 の 友) in 1965 , it was renamed to Shōnen World (少年 ワ ー ル ドshōnen worudo ) in 1978 and finally to Comic Tom in 1980 . From 1998 to 2001 it came out as the comic Tom Plus (コ ミ ッ ク ト ム プ ラ スkomikku tomu purasu ). At times it had a circulation of 150,000 copies per issue.
The concept of the magazine changed during its publication. In the course of its publication history, historical comics and science fiction stories emerged as the genres that the magazine predominantly promoted. While in the early days they mainly specialized in the publication of Shōnen manga for boys, the target group changed so that from the 1980s onwards the magazine was mainly read by adults.
One of the most important titles that have appeared in the magazine is Mitsuteru Yokoyamas Sangokushi , on which he worked for the magazine from 1971 and completed in 1986 - after fifteen years and a volume of over 12,000 pages. Osamu Tezuka published Buddha , his biography Siddhartha Gautama , from 1972 to 1983 and Ludwig B about the life of Ludwig van Beethoven from 1987 to 1989 in Comic Tom . Hisashi Sakaguchi drew the work that marked his breakthrough as a comic artist - Ishi no Hana - from 1983 to 1986 and later the science fiction manga version for this magazine. The longest, over twenty years (1979-2000), was the historical comic Fuūnji tachi by Tarō Minamoto in the magazine. Regular draftsmen were, for example, Daijirō Morohoshi and Yukinobu Hoshino .
Fujiko Fujio drew various mangas for Comic Tom in the 1970s and 1980s , initially as a duo, then separately. These include Pokonyan (1975–1978), TP Bon (1978–1986) and Pāman no Shiteiseki (1983–1997). Leiji Matsumoto contributed the series Jijo Eiyūden from 1998 to 2000 , Yoshikazu Yasuhiko from 1990 to 1996 Niji-iro no Trotsky .
From the 1980s onwards, more and more female illustrators who had a successful career in Shōjo or Josei manga worked for the magazine - including Akemi Matsuzaki , Reiko Okano , Riki Kusaka , Minori Kimura and, above all, Ryōko Yamagishi . The latter brought in comic Tom mainly mangas with material from ancient mythology such as Tutankhamun (1996–1997), Isis (1997) and Aoao no Jidai (1998–2000).
The anthologies of the mangas published in the magazine were published in paperback by Ushio Shuppansha on the label Kibō Comics .