Only heard in text pieces in issue 181, issue 182, issue 183, issue 184, issue 185, and issue 186. Mentioned in and seen in silhouette in a flashback in issue 220. Mentioned in issue 221, issue 223, issue 224.
A friend of Rick Nash from when Rick was dating Jaka Tavers. Creator of the comic book Cerebus, he appears in the text portions of Reads, speaking directly to (and including in his narration) the reader. Several sources identify Davis as a "reads author", perhaps confusing the character Victor Reid (who is an author of reads) and the fact that Davis is the author of the Cerebus collection entitled Reads.
Since he is referring to creating and drawing Cerebus, and referring to 'real world' dates and events, we assume that this is an extremely veiled mask for Dave Sim, whose first and middle names are "David Victor".
Victor recounts that his parents were from Stoney Creek, Ontario and that he went to Forest Hill Public School. (issue 182)
Q2a. When a relatively sober Rick recounts his final encounter with Viktor (Davis?), the silhouette appears to be that of Dave (p 13). Assuming this is a true story, what does this say about Rick's importance since Dave is manipulating him in person?
DAVE: Well, it's not entirely certain that Rick's would be an accurate recounting of that final encounter with Viktor. All autobiography tends to be self-aggrandizing and self-serving. Rick would've invented the thing about trying to hit Viktor and Viktor bending his wrist because Rick would think that if he didn't put a physical confrontation in there, it would make Rick look too pliant. Which he is and which most boyfriends, in my experience, are post-1970. You have to get really pliant really quickly or you're out of the relationship game. Yes, it was a way of incorporating Viktor Davis into the body of the work. Here's what Viktor Davis-Dave Sim-would've said to Rick if he ran across him when he was first courting Jaka. I never had a Viktor Davis when I was starting out-Gene Day recommended that Deni and I not get married ("What's your hurry?") but he never said why he was recommending that we not get married. I discovered it on my own. "Oh, this is what marriage is like." Just as I'm pretty sure that Gene never had a Viktor Davis to suggest he might not want to get married. I tried to be honest with the single guys that I knew when the subject would come up, but there is a weird magnetism at the core of marriage that repels reality like iron filings. The only guy that I really got through to went ahead and got married anyway and then found out that marriage was exactly the way I said it would be and he ended up drinking himself to death. Literally. So, marriage is in a weird category all its own. Like Merlin said about love in Camelot "A kind of seventh day when reason rests." The pre-pseudo-scripture Rick's Story texts were a way of communicating what I had to communicate in a more general way to the audience at large, having found that it didn't work with the drinking buddies that I had over the years. "Just be happy every waking minute for the rest of your life and you've got her as long as you want her." It certainly works. It's not what I would call much of a life, but it certainly works.
- Referring to Jaka: "She's basically an unhappy person, with the unhappy ones you've got to be happy enough for two." Issue 220.
- Referring to Jaka: "...Just be happy every damn minute of your waking life and you've got her for as long as you want her." Issue 220
- "Any guy who chases after women is going to get what he deserves." Cerebus to Rick, p. 5, Issue 224