For a short period of time, the title of the comic book was
going to be "The League of Extraordinary Gentlefolk".
From Moore : "...there's supposed to be some genius
woman in Sherlock Holmes. The only woman that Sherlock Holmes
had time for. But she was a bit obscure. You know… so I thought,
Mina Harker. We'll have her be changed by the events of Dracula
and she's divorced Jonathan and she's become a Suffragette.
And she also has that scarf…"
Sexton Blake was meant to have a substantial role in Volume
I.Created by Harry Blyth, first appeared in The Halfpenny
Marvel #6, in December 1893; he was a consulting detective
who lived on Baker Street, in London, and solved crimes with
the help of Tinker, his young assistant. He moved into Holmes'
lodgings during the years Holmes faked his death, but by 1898
Holmes has returned (but this won't be known to the general
public for a few more years), so althougth Moore planed to
have him in the series, and have the League visit him in Baker
Street, the dating of Volume I precluded his inclusion.
The Devil Doctor
Supposed to be Fu Manchu, but copyright prevented him from
being name and, no doubt, reduced his role in Volume I.
From Moore: "Round about the second issue, I suddenly
thought "Hey, what if I did this so that any character that's
mentioned by name had got to be a real character from fiction?"
I thought "That could be funny." <...> And I think that
it was when, possibly in the first issue, where I suddenly
got to a bit where I realized that I'd got Emile Zola's Nana
being killed on the Rue Morgue by Mister Hyde, I thought,
well, "This is great! This is going somewhere!" And then when
I started to bring in characters from Victorian pornography,
like the Pearl, in the second issue. It sort of built up from
there. We've even got walk-ons by presumably the Victorian
ancestors of characters from Eastenders in issue #6. It's
a lot of fun."