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 group of people hanging a gutted shark in a subway tunnel and performing some sort of cultish ritual. He realized they were summoning Shirak the Devourer. However, Honor Guard soon showed up. While they put up a good fight, he knew they were hopelessly outnumbered. To make matters worse, Shirak had turned the attending cultists into shark-like creatures. Just as things seemed all but lost, one of the most prestigious heroes from the past, the Old Soldier mysteriously materialized to aid our heroes cause. Together, they defeated Shirak and his minions by destroying the altar on which they performed their ritual.
Mills frantically prepared an article reporting this fantastic adventure. But his editor demanded that it be re-written, repeatedly, until it represented just the hard cold, verifiable facts. Frustrated at the time, Mills later realized the editor was right. It was vital that the Astro City Rocket could always be trusted as a reliable information source. One that readers could depend on for filtering things down to the facts and presenting the truth.
Five decades later, Mills interviewed two brothers, Charles Williams and Royal Williams. They proved to be key research sources for a book he intended to write about Astro City's "dark age," a period from the early 1970s to the mid 1980s, when Astro City would endure a strong test of faith in its identity as an epi-center for super-heroic entities and adventures. The Williams brothers had witnessed many key events during that time, even directly involved in a few key struggles.
Mills' original plan was to use them for reference only. However, he found their story fascinating and shifted the focus of the book directly on their personal saga. "Williams" was not their real surname, merely a pseudonym to protect their real identities.
His name has been spelled as both "Elliot" and "Elliott."