Name: Sherlock Holmes
First Appearance: Beeton's Christmas Annual (1887): "A Study in Scarlet"
Number of Appearances: 510
Comic Book Appearances: 82
TV, Film Appearances: 367
Video Game, Computer Game Appearances: 1
Prose/Text Book/Story Appearances: 60
Occupation: private investigator
At this point, we have used the number 60 for the total number of appearances by Sherlock Holmes in prose books and stories. This includes only those stories written by the character's creator, Arthur Conan Doyle. With further research, we could estimate the number of books and stories by other authors which feature Holmes as a character. This number certainly exceeds 60 and likely runs into multiples of hundreds.
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