Jersey Devil #8
32 pages, b&w,
mini comic, $1.75
Joe Del Beato
February 21, 1999
The Critters, Sweetcakes, Billy, Julian, Bick, Gene, Rhonda and
Dr. Still. Cameo of issue #9 character on last panel.
First issue in the new, cheaper format. Pin up by JD#1 inker,
Bob Clark. Ad for Weird NJ magazine on back.
Cross promotion with Weird NJ magazine in May 1999 with an article
on "The Blue Hole". Last issue for inker, Donn Smith.
Explains how J.D. acquired Arthur the pit bull.
In flashback, J.D. tells a story about the mysterious Blue Hole
and the strange critters that laid dormant for millions of years,
until they were disturbed by a group of bikers. Millions of years
ago, the dinosaurs were attacked by strange, piranha-like worms
brought to earth by a meteor. The crater, now known as the Blue
Hole, serves as a dumping ground for a local biker gang called
The Devil's Hand. Two of the bikers, Billy and Sweetcakes,
stumble onto a reporter taking pictures of
their drug lab. J.D. arrives and saves him. The group goes back
to the biker's drug lab, where J.D. forces the reporter, Julian,
to drink a case of beer. The bikers, especially the leader, Gene,
don't like J.D., but they grudgingly respect his "turf",
ie the woods. Bick, one of the bikers, escorts J.D. and Julian
out of the woods, but Bick turns out to be an undercover cop.
Once more, he
knows J.D.'s twin brother Sam and implies that J.D. destroyed
Sam's life without any consideration. Before Bick can arrest
J.D. the other bikers arrive and shoot Bick. Julian escapes into
the woods. The bikers tie rocks to J.D. and Bick and throw them
into the Blue Hole.
Unfortunately, when the rocks hit the bottom, they crack the
meteor at the bottom of the hole. The evil worms come out and
enter Bick's body, allowing it to move. J.D. barely manages to
get off the handcuffs and swim to the surface. Bick, now a worm
zombie, surfaces and attacks Billy just as he runs out of bullets.
He also bites Gene's leg. J.D., Sweetcakes, Gene and Rhonda,
the bikers' girl, run back to the drug lab. J.D. summons the
ghost of Dr. James Still to cure Gene and finds out some information
on the worms. Unfortunately, the ghost leaves before J.D. finds
the cure and the
barn is attacked by half a dozen worm zombies. (The bodies of
6 robbers the bikers had killed previously.) J.D. cuts off Gene's
infected leg and the group flees. Rhonda is caught by the zombies
and Arthur, Billy's pitbull, is freed by J.D. The group stumbles
upon Julian, who escaped the Bick zombie by throwing a bottle
of cranberry juice in his face. The group heads to the abandoned
cranberry juice factory. Gene is caught by the zombies, while
the rest of the group uses the juice to destroy the worms and
the zombies. At the end of the issue, Sweetcakes, Julian and
J.D. go their separate ways.
Flash forward to the present. J.D. finishes his story, but
the bums in the railway station don't believe it. However, one
person does believe and his name is Judas Reed. We then pull
back to reveal that J.D. and Judas are in a comic book read by
the mysterious, devil-like mutant in the future.