Elrod

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Elrod Elrod as "Snuff". Art by Dave Sim and Gerhard
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Elrod Elrod as "Snuff". Art by Dave Sim and Gerhard

Appears in issues 4, 7, 12, 21 - 22, 34, 38 - 39, 43, 51, 86 - 88, 93, 155, 159 - 165, 167 - issue 169, issue 179, issue 180, and issue 183.

Cameos/mentions in issues 8, 24, 33, 35, 37, 78, 85, 138, 157, 196, 203, 217, 300.

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Basis

His speech patterns are based on those of the Warner Brothers cartoon character Foghorn Leghorn, which were in turn based on a character named Senator Claghorn as played by Kenny Delmar on the radio show "The Fred Allen Show". Various bits of his history are a parody of Elric, the fictional character of Michael Moorcock.

Character History

He claims to be a wanderer, and the last ruler of a dying race, a sorcerer and slayer of his kin, much as Elric does, but there is no evidence that any of this is more than a figment of his imagination.

His country's name is Melvinbone, which is a take-off on Elric's country of Melnibone. Elric also has a black sword, though his isn't that way from rust. Elrod is convinced that Cerebus is a small man wearing a "bunny suit". The events of issue 7 solidified this in his head, and once he *gets* an idea into his head, it's very difficult to shake loose.

In issue 22, Elrod is "killed", but remains an animate spirit, able to possess living bodies as "Deadalbino". This is a parody of a late sixties DC comic book character, "Deadman", who was similarly able to possess living people. At the end of the issue Elrod returns to his own body, which returns to life.

In High Society, he is revealed as quite a popular figure. The public actually believes his claims about himself even more than he does. Lord Julius has adopted him as his son, which only adds to his popularity.

Dresses up in a 6 foot "roach" costume and is called Bunky Roach for the secret scared wars by Secret Sacred Wars Roach.

Briefly appeared as one of the many Like-A-Looks of Lord Julius in issue 138.

In issue 155 he reappears in a smaller version of his earlier "roach" costume, claiming to be a new member of the Legion of Six-Foot-Telepathic-cockroaches.

When the Roach becomes Swoon in issue 164, he makes Elrod Snuff at the same time. In issue 183 is the last we hear of Elrod, as he tells us "Ahm a story, son -- y'can't destory me . . .obliterate, that is."

In issue 196 Dave states with regards to the wave of chaotic manifestations that Cerebus unleashed that "the 'Last Ruler of a dying race' -- a bumbling, yet arrogant buffoon. A manifestation of (Cerebus') self-deception and bluster.

Somehow restored to "reality", Elrod is last heard of having married Red Sophia and moved next door to where Joanne previously lived, according to issue 217.

Quotes

  • "Mind your manners, son! I've got a tall pointy hat! Status, boy! You can argue with me, but you can't argue with status!" (issue 4)

Dave Speaks about Elrod

From the introduction to issue #4 in Swords of Cerebus #1

"To be honet, I don't even know where the connection came from. Wendy Pini's jaw hit the floor when I told her that I had never read an Elric story. "But it's perfect," she managed to insist, "the way he's always talking non-stop. It's just like Elric. You've got to read one of the stories so you know how good the parody is." That was last summer and I still haven't read an Elric story - except of course for the Roy Thomas/Barry Smith Conan issues he appeared in."

"He always pops up, seemingly from nowhere, with no explanation of how he got out of the fix we left him in (Aha! You hadn't noticed had you) and an entirely new vision of the best direction for his life to take."

"Characters who are based on other characters in Cerebus tend to be easiest to write. Once you catch the rhythm of their speech, you're halfway home to the kind of interaction the sells comic books."

From the introduction to issues #21 & 22 in Swords of Cerebus #6:

"You might be wondering *why* this would happen to Elrod when he got killed, but that goes back to why everyone is watching Cerebus all the time and wondering what he's up to. So that's for me to know and for you to read about. I should be getting to it around issue 175."

From the Q&A for the Cerebus Phonebook

"Q2: In either an early letter column or a "Swords" intro you brought up the fact that Elrod always shows up again with no explanation how he extricated himself from the impossible predicament we last saw him in was a "hint" about something important about his nature. Did you know back then they he was a manifestation of the chaos gem or were you referring to something else? (And if so, what?)

DAVE: Yes, definitely. That was what I was referring to and that was what I was trying to prepare everyone for. By i4 I was beginning to understand that if I didn't get a firm grip on all of the continuity at the beginning it was going to cause a lot of problems later on (however "later on" later on would prove to be). It was when I had Elrod give the name of his blade as a "Seersucker! That's a joke, son,but no one's going to get it for at least five thousand years!" That was just too big a break from the internal reality that I was building so I decided then and there that he had to be a rather-more-than-usually-substantial illusion."

Phone interview with Dave Sim

"...how Elrod was "poit"ed out of existence during "Reads", but showed up in the afterlife, and how that involved Joanne talking about him as her neighbor during "Guys". It goes like this: To make the "married to Jaka, living next door to Joanne" thing happen during "Minds", even to just Cerebus, "Dave" had to actually make it happen. He couldn't exactly un-make it. As such, Joanne became real, where she lived became real, and her neighbors had to be filled in to make up the fact Cerebus and Jaka didn't live there. Elrod was basically pulled back into existence to fill the gap, and as a result, he ended up married to Red Sophia (interesting observation, if only to me: Dave pronounces her name as "Sof-fi-ah" instead of "So-fee-uh"). And because of that, he was able to eventually end up in the "light". The "filling in" bit relates to how he figures God probably would have to do it, and why God doesn't do it, which relates to his view that there are no parallel realities (which he discussed during the start of "The Last Day")."

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