SAINT ELMO

Real Name: Possibly Elmo or Erasmus

Identity/Class: Possible human magic user or god

Occupation: Patron saint of sailors (?); later adventurer

Group Membership: The Flight (James MacDonald Hudson, Groundhog, Smart Alec, Snowbird, Stitch, Walter Langowski, Wolverine)

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Egghead, Emissaries of Evil (Eel (Stryke), Power Man (Josten), Porcupine, Rhino, Solarr, Swordsman (Duquesne))

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: The Arctic Avatar; Keeper of the Northern Lights

Base of Operations: Thunder Bay area, Ontario, Canada

First Appearance: Alpha Flight Special Edition II#1 (June, 1992)

Powers/Abilities: Transillumination (the ability to temporarily transform solid objects, including himself, into light); Elmo can also project these lights as a concussive force. Given his claim to be thousands of years old, Elmo also appears to have an extremely slow aging factor by human standards.

History: (Alpha Flight Special Edition II#1) - After arriving at the small training center for The Flight, Sean Benard was confronted by Saint Elmo. Elmo took a liking to Benard, and slapped him on the back, temporarily turning the man into light. Panicking, Benard ran off and through a wall.

During a training session for the group, Smart Alec attempted to reflect Elmo’s light bursts back at him, and succeeded in hurting him.

Shortly after, Egghead and his Emissaries of Evil (camped just on the Canadian side of the border) sent out a televised warning that they possessed a nuclear missile and demanded the President of the United States hand over leadership of the country to Egghead or else he’d launch the missile into New York. Elmo accompanied the Flight team to their location, where they battled the Emissaries, with Elmo having a hard time combating Porcupine’s nerve gas. In the middle of the battle, Egghead set the release of the missile, and seeing no other way to disarm it, Elmo attempted to convert the entire weapon into light. The amount of nuclear energy was more than Elmo could normally handle, and he perished in the conversion, sending a massive light throughout the Canadian sky.

Comments: Created by Scott Lobdell, Simon Furman, Pat Broderick and Bruce Patterson

The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, are a natural phenomenon occurring in areas of Canada in which gases in the atmosphere cause brightly lit colorful displays in the air. Another phenomenon, that in which an electrical discharge can be seen emitting from a point on an object such as a ship during a thunderstorm, has been dubbed Saint Elmo’s Fire.

It is unclear if Elmo is indeed Erasmus, the Italian who achieved sainthood after being martyred in 303 A.D. Erasmus was deemed the patron saint of sailors, among many other things. No substantial link between the two is ever made, and there are many things that would possibly disprove this theory. Elmo seems to be of the "god"-type nature similar to Thor and Hercules, not a two-thousand year old Christian martyr who somehow survived his disemboweling. Perhaps Elmo was an Eternal or god whose name was later attached to Erasmus by the Catholic Church.

This incident took place near the beginning of the "silver age" of heroes, as Benard was unaware of the then-new Fantastic Four.

This disastrous mission is what gave Hudson the idea to break his group up into levels of combat-readiness (Alpha, Beta, Gamma).

Ever since I first posted the entries on the members of the Flight (Groundhog, Saint Elmo, Stitch) I have had several people point out that the group of villains featured are never called the Emissaries of Evil. To be fair, they weren’t. However, at one point in the book, Egghead does refer to them as “my employed emissaries.” To further bolster my argument, at the beginning of the book, the two duos of Swordsman and Power Man (partners in and out of the Lethal Legion) and Porcupine and Eel (partners once led by Count Nefaria) arrive in Canada at Egghead’s bequest, but apparently, Solarr and Rhino, the two men who actually were members of another line-up of the Emissaries, were already there with Egghead. To me, at least, this is pretty much an unstated way of saying that he was just adding more muscle to his team. Should we get a Thunderbolts Handbook anytime soon, I will personally force Marvel to list the Emissaries of Evil as one of Atlas’s former group memberships and make this canon.

PROFILE by Madison Carter

CLARIFICATIONS:

SAINT ELMO has no known connection to:


Images:
Alpha Flight Special Edition II#1 page 25, panel 1; page 11, panel 4

Appearances:
Alpha Flight Special Edition II#1 (June 1992) - Scott Lobdell & Simon Furman (writers), Pat Broderick (pencils), Bruce D. Patterson (inks), Rob Tokar (editor)


Last updated: 12/26/13

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