Back Issues

This list covers older comics, those uncollected in books, arranged by original publication date.

Classic Comics #21Classics Illustrated #21

Classic Comics #21 (1944) / Classics Illustrated #21 (1949) featured “3 Famous Mysteries”, including The Sign of the Four, drawn by Louis Zansky. A reprint edition was released in 2022.

Classic Comics #33

Classic Comics #33 (1947) / Classics Illustrated #33, “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes”, includes adaptations of both A Study in Scarlet and The Hound of the Baskervilles. Cover is by Henry Kiefer.

Classics Illustrated: A Study in Scarlet

Classics Illustrated adapted A Study in Scarlet in 1953, art by Seymour Moskowitz, cover by Mort Kunstler. Typical of the format, the pages are text-heavy and the images are mostly talking heads. Also included in the issue was a shorter adaptation of “The Adventure of the Speckled Band”. A reprint edition was released in 2012 from Classic Comic Store (aka CCS Books).

Classics Illustrated: The Hound of the Baskervilles

Classics Illustrated had previously put out a version of The Hound of the Baskervilles under the title “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes”. Art is by Louis Zansky and Fred Eng. The reprint edition of this comic (2018, pictured above) has been given the better-known name.

Sherlock Holmes (Charlton) #1.jpgSherlock Holmes (Charlton) #2.jpg

Charlton Comics put out two issues of Sherlock Holmes in 1955 and 1956. Each contained three short stories with Holmes solving mysteries in America (without Watson). Cases in issue #1 included a poisoned violinist, a dead British diplomat, and a foreign prince’s missing ruby; issue #2 has an unscrupulous cameraman, a murder at a Canadian hunting lodge, and diamond smugglers. Although each story has an action sequence, there are also deductions included.

Dell Four Color #1169Dell Four Color #1245

Dell published two issues of Four Color titled “The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” in 1961, #1169 and #1245. They have both been reprinted under one cover by Coachwhip Publications. Art for the first issue (two stories) is attributed to Frank Giacoia. Art for the second (another two) is attributed to Bob Fujitani.

Sherlock Holmes Casebook #1Sherlock Holmes Casebook #2

The two Dell issues were also reprinted in black and white in 1989 by Eternity as Sherlock Holmes Casebook #1-2.

Sherlock Holmes (1975 DC)

In 1975, DC Comics released a one-shot single issue adapted by Dennis O’Neil and illustrated by E. R. Cruz (cover art by Walter Simonson) that retells “The Final Problem” and “The Empty House”.

The Joker #6

In The Joker #6 (1976, written by Dennis O’Neil, art by Irv Novick and Tex Blaisdell, cover by Ernie Chan), an actor playing Sherlock Holmes thinks he’s the famous detective after being hit on the head. Chris is on Infinite Earths has posted a detailed writeup with plenty of art.

Marvel Preview #5Marvel Preview #6

Marvel Preview issues #5 and #6 (1976) retell The Hound of the Baskervilles. Script is by Doug Moench, art by Val Mayerik (inked by Tony DeZuniga on half of the second issue), creating a beautifully moody, cinematic retelling. The story was originally planned to run three issues, making the second installment somewhat compressed, but it’s a crime something this attractive to read hasn’t been reprinted.

DC Special Series #8: The Brave and the Bold Special

By putting it on this list, I’m spoiling one of the secrets of DC Special Series #8: The Brave and the Bold Special (1978, written by Bob Haney, art by Ric Estrada and Dick Giordano, cover by Jim Aparo). The “fourth fabulous co-star” is the spirit of Sherlock Holmes, whose mythical status allows him to talk to Deadman so they can save Batman from a magical statue that’s acting as a voodoo doll while he’s trying to stop a mad bomber called Lucifer. It’s all rather insane (and I haven’t even mentioned the ghost of Adolph Hitler), but that’s what Haney was known for.

Cases of Sherlock Holmes #3Cases of Sherlock Holmes #6

Cases of Sherlock Holmes lasted for 20 issues. The first 15 were from Renegade Press (1986-1988) while the last five came from Northstar Publishing (1989-1990). All featured typeset versions of classic Holmes stories illustrated by Dan Day, with the exception of issue #3, which published an original story by Gordon Derry titled “The Strange Adventure of the Vourdalak”. The art was heavily influenced by photo reference. Here’s a sample page from issue #4, which tells “The Adventure of the Six Napoleons”.

Cases of Sherlock Holmes #4 page

This site has a more detailed history with sample art and film influences.

Chronicles of Crime & Mystery: Sherlock Holmes

Northstar Publishing also put out in 1992 one issue titled Chronicles of Crime & Mystery: Sherlock Holmes that printed “The Adventure of the Speckled Band”, again illustrated by Dan Day.

Sherlock Holmes (Eternity) #1Sherlock Holmes (Eternity) #23

The Sherlock Holmes series from Eternity Comics reprinted the Edith Meiser-written and Frank Giacoia-illustrated comic strip published from 1954-1956. It ran 23 issues from 1988-1990 and presented adaptations of several canonical stories, including The Hound of the Baskervilles. Here’s an early sample:

Sample page from Sherlock Holmes (Eternity)

The Great Detective Sherlock Holmes #1

The same comic strip was reprinted by Avalon/ACG Comics in seven issues in 1999-2000 under the title The Great Detective Sherlock Holmes.

Sherlock Holmes of the 30s #1

Eternity also published Sherlock Holmes of the ’30s, reprinting the newspaper comic from 1930-1931. That was drawn by Leo O’Mealia in the format of captioned illustrations. Eternity’s comic ran seven issues in 1990. Here’s a sample panel:

Panel by Leo O’Mealia from Sherlock Holmes of the ’30s

All Detective

The contents of the first issue of that series also can be found in the ACG Classix one-issue All Detective #1 (2000).

Sherlock Holmes in The Curious Case of the Vanishing Villain

Sherlock Holmes in The Curious Case of the Vanishing Villain (Tundra UK, 1993, written by Gordon Rennie, illustrated by Woodrow Phoenix) is a metafictional single issue in which Dr. Henry Jekyll seeks the help of Holmes and Watson to find the missing Mr. Hyde, an investigation that leads them into the works of Edgar Allan Poe.

Eclipso #8

Eclipso #8 (DC Comics, 1993, written by Robert Loren Fleming, art by Ted McKeever and Ray Kryssing) pits Holmes and Watson against an Irene Adler possessed by the title evil. There’s a several-page-long flashback to her original story as well.