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In Which Your Comics Blogger Meets His Moriarty

A drawing, dated approximately 1880, of Sherlock Holmes and his assistant, Watson.

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson have been around a long time — has everything about them been said? Well, now it has. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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So I'm watching the teevee Sunday night, and it occurs to me about ten minutes in that I'm experiencing the show live — that I'm suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous car commercials, network self-promotion and big-'splosion movie trailers without availing myself of the protective, time-shifted remove offered by the DVR.

I must say that I felt, in that moment, like the pioneers must have felt, and wished that I could swap the leftover Halloween candy in the bowl by the couch for, I don't know, hardtack.

But my delight in braving the electronic-Laura-Ingalls-Wilderness soon faded under the punishing onslaught of ads. I think it was right around the seventh freaking commercial for Sherlock Holmes, the upcoming Robert Downey Jr. orgy of ordnance, that I got an idea for a post about Holmes as forefather to the modern superhero.

I remembered reading this story as a kid, in which Batman (a.k.a. the World's Greatest Detective), and his super-colleague The Elongated Man (a.k.a the Stretchable Super-Sleuth, a.k.a. the Ductile Detective, a.k.a Yeah, I know it's dumb, let's just move on, shall we?) meet the centenarian Sherlock Holmes himself.

The parallels are all over the place, I thought. Holmes had superpowers, a supervillain, even a costume, after a fashion. Man, this post is gonna write itself.

The thing is: When I awoke the next morning, it pretty much had.

There it sat in my Google reader, the post I would desperately have liked to have written, but a good deal smarter, funnier and more comprehensive than what I had in mind, and with a much more awesome title. Seriously, just go read it.

Well played, Kyle Duvall, of the blog at www.newsarama.com. Bask in your blogospheric triumph. But know this: You have made an enemy this day.

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