Better Little Books

Better Little Books – USA

The Big Little Books (later Better Little Books) was a series of small, compact hardcover books published by Whitman Publishing Company between 1932 and 1960.

A Big Little Book was typically 3⅝″ wide and 4½″ high, with 212 to 432 pages making an approximate thickness of 1½″. The interior book design usually displayed full-page black-and-white illustrations on the right side, facing the pages of text on the left. Stories were often related to radio programs, comic strips, children’s books, novels and movies. Later books of the series had interior color illustrations.

The Phantom appeared in 6 issues in total.


#1100 The Phantom

Big Little Book; 1936. Hard cover. Standard size: 3 5/8″ x 4 1/2″ x 1 1/2″; 432 pages. Author: Lee Falk. Artist: Ray Moore.

COLLECTOR’S NOTE: First Phantom BLB. Reprinted from first daily strip beginning February 17, 1936 and ending November 7, 1936. 


#1421 The Phantom And Desert Justice

Better Little Book; 1941. Hard cover. Standard size: 3 5/8″ x 4 1/2″ x 1 1/2″; 432 pages. Flip-it feature (The Phantom mysteriously appears and takes a walk). Author: Lee Falk. Artist: Ray Moore.

COLLECTOR’S NOTE: Reprinted from the ninth daily strip story beginning January 30, 1939 and ending May 6, 1939. 


#1416 The Phantom And The Girl Of Mystery 

Better Little Book; 1947. Hard cover. Standard size: 3 5/8″ x 4 1/2″ x 1 1/2″; 352 pages. Author: Lee Falk. Artist: Ray Moore.

COLLECTOR’S NOTE: Reprinted from the tenth daily strip story beginning May 8, 1939 and ending September 2, 1939.


#1474 The Phantom And The Sign Of The Skull

Better Little Book; 1939. Hard cover. Standard size: 3 5/8″ x 4 1/2″ x 1 1/2″; 432 pages. Author: Lee Falk. Artist: Ray Moore.

COLLECTOR’S NOTE: Reprinted from the third daily strip beginning April 12, 1937 and ending September 18, 1937.


#1468 The Phantom And The Sky Pirates

Better Little Book; 1945. Hard cover. Standard size: 3 5/8″ x 4 1/2″ x 1 1/2″; 352 pages. Author: Lee Falk. Artist: Ray Moore.

COLLECTOR’S NOTE: Reprinted from the second daily strip beginning November 9, 1936 and ending April 10, 1937.


#1489 The Return Of The Phantom

Better Little Book; 1942. Hard cover. Standard size: 3 5/8″ x 4 1/2″ x 1 1/2″; 432 pages. Left-handed flip-it feature (The Phantom fights and overpowers a criminal). Author: Lee Falk. Artist: Ray Moore.

COLLECTOR’S NOTE: Reprinted from the eighth daily strip beginning November 7, 1938 and ending January 28, 1939.

Brazil Versions

“The Sky Pirates” – Original Production Page

The Phantom & Desert Justice – Flick Motion Animation