We still have roads for our cars. We don’t have hover boards. I’m still forever tying knots in my shoelaces. I do believe the Cubs are still looking to win a World Series. And, thankfully, the Jaws series of films have yet to reach their nineteenth installment. (But there’s still time.)
These are all things that keen-eyes futurists caught in the second installment of the Back to the Future trilogy of films. But it was that original movie starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd thirty years ago that captured our imaginations in 1985.
Still October 21, 2015 plays a large part in BTTF lore. It was the day in the future that Marty McFly had to get to in order to save his kids. And what better way to celebrate that incident, and the anniversary of the first film, then with a comic book tie-in event.
Follow me after the jump for 1.21 gigawatts of pure childhood pleasure with the scoop on Back to the Future #1!
Written by: Bob Gale, John Barber and Erik Burnham
Illustrated by: Brett Schoonover, David Witt, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Dan Schoening and Luis Antonio Delgado
Published by: IDW Publishing
Co-written by Bob Gale who also co-wrote the original film alongside Director Robert Zemeckis, Back to the Future is a new series that aims to shed some, um, history on the various characters that have appeared and the various events that have taken place in the trilogy of films.
Of course, time travel will play an integral role. How could it not?
While Gale will oversee the anthology stories, it’s Barber and Burnham on writing duties, telling multiple tales in each issue that colour the background and history of Back to the Future events and characters. Read about the first meeting of Doc Brown and Marty in a prequel-story from “1982”. Travel back to 1943 where Doc rubs shoulders with Robert Oppenheimer on the Manhattan Project. A different artist will illustrate each story and each issue will be packed with Easter Eggs for both the discerning and casual reader.
Back to the Future. It’s one of those films from our childhood that we all cherish. Now older, it’s one of those films that we’ve shared with our own kids – a new generation of time-travelling readers. Lovers of Doc Brown and Marty McFly and pop culture in their own right. Like Huey so famously sang, “that’s the power of love”. If you haven’t seen it yet, or want to see it again, you can catch the film at select theatres in a 30th anniversary release this week.
Make the run to your local comic book shop today and pick up IDW’s Back to the Future #1. And before you’re “OUTATIME”, don’t forget to put a tenner on those make-it-rain Jays while you’re at it. The Cubs are out, but I’ve got a mysterious almanac beside me that says Toronto upsets Kansas City in seven!
In the meantime, catch the highly anticipated trailer for Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Jaws 19 – coming soon…just as Back to the Future II promised all those years ago!