Thomas F. R. Barling was born in Lambeth, London, in 1936, son of Thomas Barling senior and his wife Phyllis, née Thorlby. He drew for Rocky Mountain King Western Comic in 1955. He also worked as an animator on the 1973 Addams Family TV series, wrote eleven crime novels starring former gangster Charlie Dance, and illustrated children's books.
- ↑ His birth is registered in the first quarter of 1937.
- Alan Clark, Dictionary of British Comic Artists, Writers and Editors, The British Library, 1998, p. 9
- Addenda to CRIME FICTION IV – Tom Barling, Walter Deptula and more, Mystery*File, 9 May 2008
- Tom Barling at Heather's Blyton Pages