Elliot Mills began reporting for the Astro City Rocket in 1959, and has been the managing editor since 1991. A Pulitzer Prize winner and author of the memoir "Through Shining Eyes," few know the city as well as he does.
Elliot Mills got his first job as a reporter for the Rocket in 1959. After a few drinks, while walking home, he stumbled upon a cult which was hanging a gutted shark and performing some sort of ritual. He soon saw that they were summoning Shirak the Devourer. However, Honor Guard soon showed up. While they put up a good fight, however, he knew they were hopelessly outnumbered, as Shirak had turned the cult into shark-like creatures. However, the Old Soldier soon showed up, and they defeated by destroying the altar on which they performed their ritual. When he wrote this fantastic story, the editor at the time demanded that it be re-written. Eventually, he had stripped the article down to just the hard facts. Stuff which could be proven. While Elliot was frustrated at the time, he later realized the editor was right, for one of the most important missions of the Astro City Rocket was to be a source that readers could depend on for finding the facts.
Five decades later, he interviewed two brothers, Charles Williams and Royal Williams. This was part of his research for a book he was writing about Astro City's "dark age," a period from approximately the early 1970s to the mid 1980s. The Williams brothers had witnessed many key events during that time and were even directly involved in a few. Elliot's original plan was to use them as one of his sources. However, he found their story fascinating and decided to focus the book on their personal saga. "Williams" was not their real names. He supplied them with pseudonyms to protect their identities.
His name has been spelled as both "Elliot" and "Elliott."