Tim Prasil recently started a series on his blog called “In the Shadow of Rathbone” about the actors who have played Sherlock Holmes (and secondarily the actors who have played Watson) since the landmark portrayal of the great detective by Basil Rathbone (Introduction post here, Part 1 here). Reading his posts reminded me that I’ve never posted about this “Holmes vs. Dracula” story:
Miloska, white as a sheet, pressed herself against the portrait of the saint as if she was begging for her protection. From out of the brush, a man slowly approached her.
A man! No, it was a wraith! It had a dark, hate-filled face in which burned two hideous eyes!
“The man from the portrait,” muttered Tom anxiously. “It’s him…”
Count Ion Nedelcu Dragomin, the heir of Dracula, the Red-Eyed Vampire!” said Dickson…
Okay, it’s not really Holmes versus Dracula. It’s Harry Dickson (the great London-based American detective, residing at 221B Baker Street) fighting against Count Ion Nedelcu Dragomin, the Bohemian descendant of Vlad the Impaler. Close enough, right?
Harry Dickson (“the American Sherlock Holmes”) is probably as popular in France as Sherlock Holmes himself. What became the Harry Dickson series started out in 1907 as an unauthorized German series of Sherlock Holmes adventures called Detectiv Sherlock Holmes und seine weltberühmten abenteuer [Sherlock Holmes and his World-Famous Adventures], with a most awesome set of covers by Alfred Roloff. After ten issues, the publishers changed the name (on the cover) to Aus dem geheimakten des welt-detektivs [From the Secret Files of the World-Detective] — though “Sherlock Holmes” still solved the cases inside. 230 issues of the series were published, with Roloff painting covers for the first 125.