Sometimes – and I know this is hard to believe! – it is possible to take Sherlock Holmes too seriously. But the late Norman Schatell had a cure for that.
The Lighter Side of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of more than 300 of his hilarious cartoons and illustrations, compiled by his son, Glenn, gently poking fun at Canonical characters and conventions. A lot of them are laugh-out-loud funny, and all the more so because only Sherlockians would understand the humor.
Many of the cartoons appeared first in such illustrious publications as The Baker Street Journal, The Sherlock Holmes Journal, The Armchair Detective, Baker Street Miscellanea, and The Serpentine Muse. Others were illustrated envelopes that Schatell mailed to his friends.