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Sherlock Holmes and Scooby-Doo

Sherlock Holmes and Scooby-Doo

“Mr. Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!”

– The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN)

2013 Niue $1 Scooby Doo

Since we having recently been talking about a mystery involving a giant hound, let’s turn our focus onto a giant hound that helps solves mysteries.

In 1969, the animation studios of Hanna-Barbera produced the first episodes of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? as part of the Saturday morning cartoon block on CBS television. A Great Dane with the name of Scooby-Doo and four teenagers – Velma, Fred, Daphne and Shaggy – made up Mystery Incorporated and solved various “supernatural” mysteries and crimes. Over the next four decades, the show would go through many incarnations and also introduced us to Scrappy-Doo, the nephew of Scooby-Doo.

In 2013, the south Pacific island of Niue issued a Scooby-Doo silver dollar coin as part of their cartoon character series. Six thousand of the 32mm .925 fine silver coins were struck by the Mint of Poland for Niue.

Don Knotts as SH on Scooby Doo

On the October 6, 1972 episode of The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries titled Guess Who’s Knott Coming to Dinner, noted comic actor Don Knotts would provide the voice of Homer Pipsqueak, a detective dressed as Sherlock Holmes.

Image result for sherlock holmes scooby-dooThe Night Ghoul of Wonderworld aired on September 29, 1979 on Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo. This episode has Velma of Mystery Incorporated working with a robotic Sherlock Holmes. You can view that episode HERE.

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The Hound of the Scoobyvilles was the September 17, 1983 episode of The New Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo Show. The creature pictured above is the Hound of the Barkervilles.

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Sherlock Holmes would reappear in the Sherlock Doo episode of The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries that aired on November 18, 1984.

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In recent years, Warner Bros. Animation (the successors to Hanna Barbera) have released collections of “fan favorite’ episodes of the Scooby-Doo shows and packaged them on one video or DVD for home sale. One such collection is Scooby-Doo’s Greatest Mysteries which features Scooby-Doo in Sherlockian garb. None of the four episodes are Sherlockian related, however.

Gibraltar’s 1994 The Empty House Crowns

Gibraltar’s 1994 The Empty House Crowns

“… with convulsive strength he seized Holmes by the throat; but I struck him on the head with the butt of my revolver …” – The Adventure of The Empty House (EMPT) Gibraltar released 8 different designs for its 1994 series of coins commemorating the 100th anniversary of the return of Sherlock Holmes. In this post,… Continue Reading

Elementary’s Holmes and Watson at the Hall of Fame for Great Americans

Elementary’s Holmes and Watson at the Hall of Fame for Great Americans

“… having attained the national fame which he has now achieved.” – The Valley of Fear (VALL) In the May 1, 2016 episode of CBS’s Elementary (Season 4, Episode 23 – The Invisible Hand), Holmes and Watson determine that someone has stepped into the leadership void caused by Moriarty’s arrest and imprisonment. Holmes investigates further and discovers Professor… Continue Reading

The 17 Steps: The Final Problem

The 17 Steps: The Final Problem

Seventeen thoughts for further ponderance of the case at hand – The Final Problem (FINA) THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH, AND … WAIT A MINUTE! A still-bereaved Watson writes: “My hand has been forced, however, by the recent letters in which Colonel James Moriarty defends the memory of his brother, and I have no choice but… Continue Reading

Heritage Auctions’ October 8, 2014 Auction Lot Descriptions of Two Irregular Plates

Heritage Auctions’ October 8, 2014 Auction Lot Descriptions of Two Irregular Plates

“Well, really, this is a very pretty little mystery!” – The Sign of The Four (SIGN) LOT 45316 – Original Brass Plate Mounted to a Dinner Tray Celebrating Sherlock Holmes and the … – Heritage Auctions October 8, 2014 Rare Book Sale, Beverly Hills We recently reprinted Jon Lellenberg’s 2014 article on The Mystery of The… Continue Reading

The Punitentiary for June

The Punitentiary for June

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Sherlock Holmes turned to Doctor Watson and stated “The murder lives in the house with the yellow front door.” “Good grief, Holmes,” said Watson. “How on earth did you deduce that?” “It’s a lemon entry, my dear Watson.” Continue Reading

The 17 Steps: The Greek Interpreter

The 17 Steps: The Greek Interpreter

Seventeen thoughts for further ponderance of the case at hand – The Greek Interpreter (GREE) MY ROOMMATE IS AN ALIEN “This reticence upon his part had increased the somewhat inhuman effect which he produced upon me, until sometimes I found myself regarding him as an isolated phenomenon, a brain without a heart, as deficient in… Continue Reading

The Three Garridebs on Television

The Three Garridebs on Television

The Adventures of the Three Garridebs has only been adapted for television a handful of times, however one of those times is probably the most significant television appearance for Sherlock Holmes. On November 27, 1937 NBC aired 3GAR, during field tests before actual television service would start, from their Radio City studio in New York.… Continue Reading