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Jerry Eland produced Touchstone’s early big albums and has been a friend and reliable pair of ears their entire career. He’s a well-known hitmaker. I had him envisioned as a Mutt Lang/Bob Rock type who overindulged to where he became known behind his back as Jerry the Hutt. Some of Jerry’s great girth is because I wanted to introduce a character who really did get taken advantage of for his expertize and name, and for absolutely no other reason. It’s not like he’s charming and good looking.
To be honest, Jerry really gelled as a character thanks to the episode of Monk “Mr. Monk and the Panic Room” wherein a music producer is killed inside a locked panic room where he was alone with his pet monkey. That episode starred Carmen Electra as the gold digging wife. Early in her career Carmen worked as booth bait at comic book conventions. I was booth bait before her and have it on good authority (from the guy who was running Marvel’s convention presence at the time) that they saw me attracting attention to the dinky black and white publisher (and also DC Comics as a matter of fact) I was hanging out with and decided they needed to hire some pretty girls for their booth too. So I got Carmen Electra her first break. She went on to fame and fortune and I never had to be married to Dennis Rodman.