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Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective in the public domain who has had an influence in superhero fiction.  It could also be argued that the character is a percursor to the superhero.

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The character of Sherlock Holmes premiered in the story "A Study in Scarlet", where he appears as a "consulting" detective with no direct ties to any law enforcement agency, instead providing help for particularly difficult mysteries.  The character continued to appear in a number of stories in which he solved seemingly impossible mysteries.  The character later seemingly died trying to stop a dangerous criminal named Moriarty but revealed himself to be alive years later (author Arthur Conan Doyle brought the character back due to popular demand).

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