Holmes vs the Joker?

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Ev­ery­one knows that Sher­lock Holmes ap­peared in De­tec­tive Comics #572 in 1987, an an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion is­sue com­mem­o­rat­ing 50 years of Bat­man, which hap­pened to co­in­cide with Holmes’s own cen­ten­nial. One seg­ment of the story takes place in the Vic­to­rian era, where Holmes and Wat­son un­cover a con­spir­acy mas­ter­minded by Pro­fes­sor Moriarty which has ram­i­fi­ca­tions in the present day for Bat­man and fel­low DC uni­verse sleuths Slam Bradley and Ralph Dibny, aka the Elon­gated Man.

Did you also know, though, that Holmes clashed with Bat­man’s neme­sis the Joker in is­sue #6 of the Clown Prince of Crime’s own short­lived mid-’70s solo ti­tle? Well, no, he didn’t, not re­ally. In fact, it’s a stage ac­tor play­ing Holmes who, hav­ing re­ceived a knock on the head from the Joker, de­lud­edly be­lieves he is the gen­uine ar­ti­cle. Den­nis O’Neil’s ca­per­some story is lit­tered with sly, pun­ning Holme­sian ref­er­ences.

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