Sherlock Holmes
Real name: Sherlock Holmes
AKA: World's Greatest Detective
Species: Human
Hair: brown
Base: 221B Baker Street
London, England
Affiliations: Scotland Yard
Abilities: Genius level intellect, Master detective, Master of disguise, expert combatant

Sherlock Holmes was a 19th century consulting detective from London, England. His friend and colleague was known as Dr. John Watson.


A Sherlock Holmes movie poster in Crime Alley.



Sherlock Holmes lived on Baker Street in England in the late 19th century. He was a consulting detective that Scotland Yard worked with on several cases. He was noted for his intellectual prowess and keen observation. He had the almost uncanny ability to deduce things about individuals or situations simply by observing the not-so-obvious facts.

His colleague was Dr. John Watson, who cataloged their adventures. Over the years Holmes made several enemies, the most notable being Professor Moriarty.[1]

Circa 1950-1952, a film version of Sherlock Holmes was showing at a movie theater on Crime Alley the night that Bruce Wayne's parents were killed.[2]

By the 1970s, the adventures of Sherlock Holmes were still well known to history, Marvin White often cited him as an influence in his detective work.[3]


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Powers and Abilities

  • Master Detective: He was widely considered as the World's Greatest Detective, capable of observation, forensic investigation, and inductive and deductive reasoning of the highest caliber. Human intuition is an unlearnable trait and one of Holmes most effective tools. Given any mystery, he can arrive at any conclusions with a fraction of the data.
  • Master of Disguise: Mastered the art of disguise which he used to infiltrate the underworld or just to go undercover in public situations.
  • Law: He has good practical knowledge of British law.



  • Sherlock Holmes was created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.[4]
  • Sherlock Holmes first appeared in the novel A Study In Scarlet.[5]
  • He was inspired by a real life Dr. Joseph Bell.
  • He appeared in 56 novels that are considered canon as well as many other non-canonical works.
  • He appeared in several films as well.
  • He was also an occasional supporting character of Batman in Detective Comics, starting in Detective Comics, Vol. 1 # 572 (March 1987).[6]
  • Sherlock Holmes' existence is first hinted at in Detective Comics, Vol. 1 #110 (April 1946).[7] This was the first appearance of James Moriarty, Holmes' archenemy.
  • Sherlock Holmes first appeared in the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle book A Study in Scarlet, but he made his first DC Comics[8] appearance in Sherlock Holmes # 1 (October 1955).[9]


  1. This history is conjectural based upon the novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
  2. As seen in The Fear (1985).
  3. As seen in Dr. Pelagian's War (1973).
  4. Go to the for more on Arthur Conan Doyle.
  5. Go to the for more on A Study In Scarlet.
  6. Go to the DC Database for more on Detective Comics, Vol. 1 #572 (March 1987).
  7. Go to the DC Database for more on Detective Comics, Vol. 1 #110 (April 1946).
  8. Technically it was a Charlton comic, but Charlton was later purchased by DC Comics.
  9. For more information about that DC comic book, click here.

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