Back to the Future Gets A Prequel Comic

Just in time for Comic Con preview night, IDW has announced they will be releasing a “Back to the Future” comic book series with the first issue set to explain how Marty McFly met Doc Brown in 1982.

Set to be published in October, The original film’s creator, producer and screenwriter Bob Gale is consulting and overseeing the stories which will be penned by IDW veteran writers John Barber and Erik Burnham. Gale tells CBR:

“They came back to me with some story pitches, but they were overly focused on time travel and didn’t feel like they were really “BTTF.” So that got me thinking about what we could do in a comic series that would fit squarely in the “BTTF Universe” but not feel like an attempt to do “BTTF Part 4” or “imitation BTTF” or “BTT: The Clone Saga.”

The answer was based in the movies, particularly “Part II,” in which we see two sequences that happen “in between” the existing 1955 scenes from “Part 1”: The bit in which Biff gets his cleaned-up car back and then harasses Lorraine as she picks up her dress for the dance; and the conceit that there were two Martys doing different things during the dance.

Much the way “Part II” showed different, unseen aspects of the original movie, the comic will do the same. And then there were the fan questions. Bob Zemeckis and I had been asked many times, “How did Marty and Doc meet?” and “How did Doc’s house actually burn down?” So I thought that a series focused on tales in these areas, dealing with the characters as we know them from the movies, answering some of these questions, would be worthwhile. Maybe these stories could enhance or fill in things from the trilogy.”

The second issue will reportedly reveal how Doc got involved with the Manhattan Project during World War II and how his original house burned down. Many characters from the “Back to the Future” trilogy are expected to make an appearance in the comic.