When he was a kid, Elias Spector fled with his mother and 'Yitz Perlman' from Nazi prosecution after Adolf Hitler invaded Czechoslovakia. Perlman was a Nazi deserter who had adopted the identity of a long-lost rabbi friend of Elias' father in exchange for helping them flee to America. He had also killed Elias' father since he was the only person that knew of his true identity. Elias, his mother, and Perlman settled in Chicago, Illinois, and Elias was taught by Perlman to become a rabbi. 
Elias later had a two sons, Marc and Randall. He would walk his kids to school everyday, but him being a Rabbi caused his youngest to be bullied, but Marc was there to defend his younger sibling. He was disappointed with his boys violent nature and their obsession with war, he believed that should concentrate on their education but his wife dismissed this as boy being boys.
As part of a supernatural method to extend his lifespan, Perlman became a serial killer of Jews. After Marc stumbled upon his secret by chance, Yitz left the city and was never seen again. Due to the traumatic experience, Marc developed a dissociative identity disorder, and never told anyone about Perlman's true nature. When Marc's multiple personalities started manifesting, Elias interned him at the Putnam Psychiatric Hospital.
After his father's death, Marc was allowed to leave the hospital temporarily to attend the funeral and a late luncheon, but, after hearing Khonshu's voice, he ran way. After his death Marc resented his father, believing that Elias was embarrassed by him.
In the original continuity Marc was not sent to a Mental hospital. He grew up to be a angry rebellious teenager getting into fights at school. When he turned eighteen Marc joined a gym a local and became a boxer and fought for dirty money Elias confronted him begging him to stop. This infuriated Marc and he lashed out and punched his father disowning his son, the next day Marc left to join the US Marines. A few years later, Elias confronted his son at another boxing match after his youngest Randall joined the military as well. He shouted at his son on for leading his brother astray but the stress caused him to have a minor heart attack. Elias later took on Reuben Davis as a student, who learned of the potential for magical power which could be obtained by mastery of Kabbalah, Jewish mysticism.
As an old man Elias later died of cancer and on his deathbed he called out for his son. His death unnerved Reuben Davis, who became fanatical about learning his teachers knowledge. He gave Elias' eulogy and was reacquainted with Marc, whom he resented for abandoning his father years ago. Reuban took up the identity of Zohar and exhumed Elias' body, paying a group of teenagers to vandalize the cemetery to hide his actions. He stole manuscripts from his home as well to steal his magical secrets. Marc tried to hunt down the grave robber, when Marlene Marc's girlfriend encountered Zohar as he was stealing the manuscripts, but he blasted her into unconsciousness and escaped. Moon Knight found his layer and battled the magically impowered Zohar, he used to send his powers back at him. He then reanimated Elias corpse using Jewish lettering. A resurrected Elias attacked Moon Knight but he could not fight back and hurt his father. Marlene arrived and wiped the letters from Elias forehead killing him once again and they then returned his body to his grave.
- 7 appearance(s) of Elias Spector (Earth-616)
- 2 minor appearance(s) of Elias Spector (Earth-616)
- 11 mention(s) of Elias Spector (Earth-616)
- 2 image(s) of Elias Spector (Earth-616)