Sympathy for the Jersey Devil
32 pages, b&w,
$2.25 ($1.75 for current reprint)
Steven Cornicelli (pages. 1-32),
& Bill Young
B&W reprint cover:
Dom LaGrutta, Jr.
Previews (March '96), resolicited (April '97), SyCo First shipped:
May '96, reprinted February '99
Captain Kidd, Nate the Ghost Pirate, J.D., Arthur the pitbull,
Ferro, Cory Frantelli, Mayor Frantelli, Burbank, Sam, Sgt. Ken
Ryder, Trooper Vern, Det. Ann Hayworth, Joey Benzine pictured
The cover format and logo were modified after this issue, story
goes 33 pages instead of 32, only issue to date with "suggested for mature readers"
Nate gets beheaded, J.D. kills a punk, gets a black cape and
saves a baby, baby is given to local farmers, J.D. kills a trucker,
Ryder gets promoted to detective, J.D. blows up CNV chemical
factory, Nate pin-up on back cover by Cornicelli, Note from the
Author explains origin of comic.
In prologue, Captain Kidd buries his treasure in the Jersey Pine
Barrens and beheads one of his men (Nate) so his ghost will guard
the treasure. Forward to 1992, a mysterious hermit, who thinks
he's the Jersey Devil, rushes to the aid of a screaming woman
in the woods. He is too late, her abductors (Ferro, Cory, Red)
rape and kill her. Before they can kill her baby, J.D. kills
Red and drives the other two away. State Troopers Vern and Ryder
investigate the assault on behalf of Ferro and Cory, now in the
hospital. J.D. leaves the baby with his pitbull, Arthur, while
scouring the woods for food with the ghost pirate, Nate. He talks
with Sam, a local farm boy, then goes off to fight a trucker
who is dumping toxic waste in the woods. J.D. accidentally kills
him, then decides to drive the waste back to the chemical company.
Mayor Frantelli speaks to a gangster (Burbank) and its implied
he has shady business dealings. On the way out of the Pine Barrens,
he is spotted by the police, who have discovered the bodies of
Red and the woman. A chase ensues, climaxing at the CNV chemical
plant in Camden. The plant is destroyed, while J.D. and Arthur
escape into Camden during the confusion.