-->'''''[[ArcWords "Is Elvis alive?"]]'''''


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[[caption-width-right:252: "The most shocking epic ever!"]]

''Literature/AtlasShrugged'' [-[[RecycledINSPACE WITH GUITARS!]]-]

Patrick [=McCray=]'s 1993 three-part comic '''''Elvis Shrugged''''' is, of course, an AffectionateParody of Creator/AynRand's epic ''Literature/AtlasShrugged.'' The story targets the music industry and Creator/{{MTV}}, with the premise that the Music/ElvisPresley everyone ''thought'' had died in 1977 was actually a clone created by Presley's manager Col. Tom Parker, and that the ''real'' Elvis had gone into hiding and had convinced many other musicians to join him. Because so many quality musicians have disappeared, the recording industry, which has become a conglomerate called Time-Warner-Creator/{{Sony}}, has largely collapsed.

!!! "'Is Elvis alive?' Yes, and so are these tropes":
* ActorAllusion: George Kennedy shows up and talks about how he has a history of salvaging disasters.
* AffectionateParody
* AllStarCast: Elvis, Music/FrankSinatra, Music/{{Madonna}}, Music/MichaelJackson, Music/{{Prince}}, Sinéad O'Connor, Creator/StephenSondheim, Creator/AndrewLloydWebber, Music/RoyOrbison, Music/JohnLennon, Music/FrankZappa, Music/ElvisCostello, Music/MojoNixon, Creator/SammyDavisJr, [[Music/GunsNRoses Axl Rose]], Creator/SpikeLee, [[Creator/DavidLetterman Paul Schaffer]], Regis Philbin, Music/JamesBrown, Music/PaulSimon, Creator/JodieFoster, Creator/SeanPenn, [[Series/EntertainmentTonight Mary Hart and John Tesh]], Creator/SeanYoung, [[Series/{{Today}} Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric]]..... [[ItMakesSenseInContext And]] the disembodied, animate heads of Music/ColePorter and Col. Tom Parker.
* AlternateHistory
* AntiquatedLinguistics: Sinatra says that the [="L-7"=][[note]]"Square"[[/note]] Parker "had it coming." (See {{Oracular Head}}s below.)
* BadassGrandpa: Frank Sinatra. He's '''bionic''' now.
* BaldOfEvil: The MadScientist.
* {{Bald Wom|en}}an: Sinéad O'Connor, of course, though she dons a blonde wig after her accidental HeelFaceTurn. See below under HollywoodScience.
* BeardOfEvil: Parker, Jon Peters and Peter Guber.
* [[BigBad The Big Bad]]: Col. Parker, who back in the 1970s was trying to keep Elvis from abandoning his status as "the King of Rock N Roll" in order to perform in Sondheim's ''Theatre/{{Company}}'', and, when he couldn't keep Elvis under his control, created a clone from skin samples.
** TheDragon: Andrew Lloyd Webber, as the EvilCounterpart to Sondheim.
** [[EvilGenius The Evil Genius]]: The MadScientist, Dr. Hilarious Pants.
** [[DarkChick The Dark Chick]]: Sinéad, of course, until her face turn.
** ThoseTwoBadGuys: Movie producers Joel Peters and Peter Guber.
** {{Mooks}}: Michael Jackson and Prince, who are just there and don't actually do anything.
* BlackBestFriend: Sammy Davis Jr., naturally.
* CelebrityIsOverrated: Another reason why Elvis chose to disappear.
* CharacterFilibuster: Frank Zappa and Stephen Sondheim each get one, though the big one, of course, goes to Elvis. Being a comic book and not an epic novel, Elvis' only takes two pages.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Sinéad, again after the face turn.
* CoolShades: Elvis, Sinatra, Roy Orbison...It ''is'' about musicians, after all.
* CreatorBacklash: InUniverse. Elvis is tired of rock and roll and wants to follow his own muse.
* DoNotAdjustYourSet: Elvis says, "Do not adjust your televisions and radios."
* ElvisLives: Spoken word for word by Parker when Elvis shows up on the screen to interrupt his New Year's Eve broadcast.
* EvilBrit: Andrew Lloyd Webber
* FakingTheDead: Elvis and John Lennon
* FightScene: Two, in fact.
** Sondheim vs. Lloyd Webber in the Reactor Room.
** Elvis vs. Col. Tom. See PoweredArmor below.
* FinishingEachOthersSentences: Peters and Guber do this.
* GenreBusting: InUniverse: While apprenticing under Porter, Elvis develops a new style of music, which he calls "[=Elvisia=]".
** Also, Parker sets up for New Year's Eve a performance of a new musical titled ''Theatre/{{Madame|Butterfly}} Film/{{SuperFly}}''.
* [[TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin The Good Guys Win]][=/=]HappyEnding: James Brown conducts the double-wedding ceremony for Elvis[=/=]Madonna and Sinatra[=/=]Sinéad. Sinatra says that he has some friends in the construction business who have been hired to rebuild the StatueOfLiberty (see below under TakeThat), and they are cutting Sinatra and co. a "sweet check for the opportunity," with Madonna pointing out how that's enough to buy up 100% of Time-Warner-Sony, now that they're just about bankrupt. Elvis talks about how he had been waiting for the right time to return to the world and had never really considered the responsibility he had. Madonna says that they've stuck with him this long, and they aren't going to let him down now.
-->'''ELVIS PRESLEY''': "Madonna, I just can't help falling in love with you. The airwaves are free. We are going back to work."
* GreenEyedMonster: Sinatra, after Madonna chooses Elvis over him, until Sinéad shows up and Sinatra completes his HeelFaceTurn.
** {{Irony}}: One of Sinatra's nicknames was "Ol' Blue Eyes."
* GroinAttack: Sinatra, to Zappa, who has come to recruit him, after Zappa asks, "Why is that the toughest son of a bitch in showbiz is indulging in more self-pity than I've seen, outside of a Henry Jaglom film festival?"
* HeelFaceTurn: Sinatra, Sinéad.
* TheHero[=/=]BigGood: Elvis, of course.
** TheLancer: Stephen Sondheim and Mojo Nixon both take this role, until Parker abducts Elvis and he, through a video message, names Sinatra as his second-in-command.
** TheObiWan: Cole Porter
** TheChick: Madonna (She and Sinéad are the only really significant female characters.)
* HollywoodScience: So, so much.
** The MadScientist designs a chair for {{Brainwash|ed}}ing Sinatra to make him want to "rock." Instead Sinéad gets caught in it, and finds herself singing Sinatra's "Come Fly with Me."
** The disembodied, animate heads.
** The "Reactor Room.": "Potential Definition: where uncontrollable forces of matter and anti-matter clash." See above under FightScene.
** Sinatra is now bionic.
* HowWeGotHere: After Madonna lands at Blue Hawaii and sees Elvis, he tells her the whole story of why he disappeared and how he went about the business of recruiting other musicians to join him.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: For the big fight scene in the Reactor Room, Sondheim produces a switchblade while Lloyd Webber grabs a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_Weasel Garden Weasel]].
-->'''SONDHEIM''': [[LampshadeHanging "You're going to Garden Weasel me to death?"]]
* LostWorld: "Blue Hawaii"
* MayDecemberRomance: First Sinatra and [=Madonna=], then Madonna and Elvis, and Sinatra and Sinéad.
* MegatonPunch: Sinatra destroys Peters and Guber's jet with one.
* NewscasterCameo: Connie Chung, Wolf Blitzer (see below.)
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: For the most part. Porter, Parker, Peters and Guber do all die.
** Creator/{{CNN}}'s Wolf Blitzer is rendered as a [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Wolfman]] named Wolf ''Blitzen.''
* NoodleIncident: There is a page of Elvis' adventures while in hiding, which apparently included fighting space aliens, suggesting that at some point [[ElvisHasLeftThePlanet Elvis had in fact left the planet]].
* OpeningACanOfClones: Along with the 1970s one of Elvis, we later see that the MadScientist has created several mini Elvis clones called "[=Elvii=]".
* {{Oracular Head}}s: Madonna tells Sinatra that, in 1996, Col. Tom and a psychic had predicted Elvis would return to Graceland on July 4, 1996. That day, Parker brought out "Elvis" at Graceland and everything seemed OK until a freak rainstorm started and "Elvis" was struck by lightning, revealing it to be merely a robot. This sparked a fan riot that saw Parker get his head chopped off as punishment.
* PoweredArmor: Col. Parker's "remote control battle module," which is a big robot with Parker's OracularHead on top. Elvis defeats it by kicking Parker's jar and pulling the Fire Extinguisher lever.
* PutOnABus: Sinéad essentially disappears from the story after her accidental face turn, which is explained [[TheBusCameBack 18 pages later]] by Creator/{{CBS}} News' Connie Chung announcing that she had escaped from her mental asylum.
* RealitySubtext: Sinatra's hostility to Elvis, since, in 1956, he said, "His kind of music is deplorable, a rancid, smelling aphrodisiac." In a case of DeadArtistsAreBetter, after Elvis' death in 1977, Sinatra said, "There have been many accolades uttered about Elvis' talent and performances through the years, all of which I agree with wholeheartedly."
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Sinatra smashes the wall of his dressing room after Zappa had convinced him to join the cause. Sinead, of all people, tries to stop him, but he pushes her aside, causing her to land in the [=brainwashing=] chair.
* ShoutOut: Aside from the obvious...
** Sinead accuses Frank Zappa of pushing [[Literature/BraveNewWorld "Soma"]].
** Col. Tom and co. travel around in a ''[[Series/TheManFromUncle The Man From U.N.C.L.E.]]'' promotional blimp.
** During the Sondheim-Lloyd Webber battle in the Reactor Room, with Lloyd Webber on the verge of victory, Sondheim says, "Face it Webber. This isn't [[Franchise/SherlockHolmes Richenbach Falls and you're far from being my Moriarty."]]
** After Elvis's helicopter the ''Lisa Marie'' is shot down, George Kennedy asks Sinatra if he has jets on his boots, which Sinatra confirms. Kennedy whispers his plan to Elvis, who says "Sounds crazy but it just might work." Top of the next page, we see that Elvis and co. are airborne on...the [[WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle Bullwinkle]] balloon from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
** (For the fifth one, see the bottom of this article.)
* {{Sitcom}}: When Frank Zappa asks Elvis why he can't drop out too since he feels the same way Elvis does, Elvis says that he's going to need outside help, and suggests that Zappa "star in a sitcom or somethin'...That'll lull folks into a false sense of security toward you." He does, called ''Who Invited the Nazis?''
* TakeThat: To the music industry, which has combined into one MegaCorp, Time-Warner-Sony, and to Creator/{{MTV}}, who has transformed the StatueOfLiberty into the "Statue of Equality."
** [[Series/EntertainmentTonight Mary Hart and John Tesh]] plug Creator/OliverStone's new film ''[[JosefStalin Stalin]]: A Loving Portrait''.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Rendered by Elvis in a song called "Rock No More."
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Set in 1997.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight[=/=]WhoNamesTheirKidDude: None of the villains (Col. Tom, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Peters/Guber, etc.) seem to find anything odd about the MadScientist being named ''Dr. Hilarious Pants.''
* ViewersAreMorons[=/=]DumbIsGood: InUniverse: Col. Parker preaches this on TV, before Elvis interrupts. The setting is a CrapsackWorld where all libraries are closed.
* WeakWilled: The guards in front of the Reactor Room who Sondheim hypnotizes using techniques he learned from Elvis.
* WouldHitAGirl: Sinatra, who punches Sinéad, sending her through a fishtank.
* XtremeKoolLetterz: There is a poster that has Sinatra's name as "[=Sinatraxx=]".
** Letters2Numbers: Music/{{Prince}}, of course, to Sinéad after she accidentally gets converted to a Sinatra fan:
-->"Sinéad? Sinéad honey? U going 2 B OK?"
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-->'''[[Literature/TheFountainhead "And in the end there was only the sea and the sky and Madonna and Elvis Presley. THE END."]]'''