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BOB GALE GOES BACK TO

by Vince Brusio

If you grew up in the 80s, then you probably remember Marty McFly. He was portrayed by Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future, one of the biggest movies to hit the screens for movie-goers eager to see how a DeLorean could act as a time machine while Huey Lewis & The News be-bopped in the background, urging us to get “back in time.” Fast-forward to the present day, and you’ll see BTFF creator/screenwriter Bob Gale is now giving us Back to the Future #1 (AUG150320) from IDW Publishing. No, it’s not a comic adaptation of the movie. This is the next chapter in the BTTF legacy, and according to Bob in this PREVIEWS world Exclusive interview, Stephen Spielberg’s advice for the film’s sequels was the most important advice to follow when developing this new comic series.


PREVIEWS world: When you originally conceived of Back to the Future, did the trilogy concept translate over for the film treatments in its entirety? Or was there material left over? Was that material we’re now seeing for the first time in this new book from IDW? Bob Gale: Back to the Future was conceived as a one-off film, with never a thought for a sequel, much less two. The success of the original made a sequel inevitable, and Bob Zemeckis and I came up with two movies’ worth of material, so we convinced Universal to let us make two sequels, back to back. Nothing in this IDW series was originally created for the films. However, there are certain ideas Bob Zemeckis and I discussed as back story for the characters that will be the subject of some of these tales. PREVIEWS world: As Back to the Future is one of the most successful films to come out of the ’80s, why bring back Marty and company for a comic book series? Do you have more liberties this way? Bob Gale: IDW was the instigator — they approached Universal, who then approached me (which they do with most things involving BTTF) to see if I thought it made sense. After hashing it out with Tom Waltz and Chris Ryall, we got to “Untold Tales and Alternate Timelines” as a viable concept. Interestingly, BTTF seems as popular now as it’s ever been, and the series will allow us to explore aspects of the movies and characters that enhance what everyone already knows. Everyone knows we won’t do a Part 4, so this is a good way to give the public a little more BTTF. PREVIEWS world: What are the challenges in writing stories for this four-part series with the characters being so firmly entrenched in pop film culture? Bob Gale: I’ll quote Steven Spielberg’s advice when we began BTTF Part II: “Don’t f*** it up!” The most important thing is to be sure that the characters “stay in character.” The plus-side is that we can hear their voices in our heads, and that helps keep them consistent.

PREVIEWS world: Could you describe how the mechanics worked between you and the writers on this book, John Barber and Erik Burnham? What leg work was involved? Bob Gale: No leg work — it’s 2015 and we use computers and cellphones! Tom Waltz at IDW is responsible for bringing the talent aboard. For issue #1, I wrote both stories and partially scripted the first one. John and Erik took them to finished scripts; Tom gave his notes, then I got the scripts, I had a few notes, and that was that. For the rest of the series, I wrote up 2 pages of ideas and things I thought were worth exploring and then I let John and Erik choose the ones they were most interested in. We all had a conference call to discuss things, as well as some things to improve in issue #1 (such as a clever framing device conceived by Erik), and so we continue into the future! PREVIEWS world: Without spoiling the books, what scenes could you tease that would let fans know what kind of madcap hi-jinx they can expect from this series? Bob Gale: We’re going to try to answer some of the questions our fans have posed over three decades. It may not be exactly “madcap hi-jinx,” but it should be fun! PREVIEWS world: Can you leave us with some last words of yours for this series? Bob Gale: I want to stress that this is a General Audience series about the characters from the movie and things they did before and between events in the movies. It’s not, “what time period are we traveling to this issue?” If you buy this with the idea that you’re going to get Part 4 of the movies, or that you’re going to see the flying DeLorean dodging jets and being attacked by alien spacecraft, you’re going to be disappointed. If you buy this because you love these characters, I think you’ll have an enjoyable entertaining experience.


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BACK TO THE FUTURE #1 (OF 4)

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(W) Bob Gale, John Barber, Erik Burnham (A) Brent Schoonover, Dan Schoening “Untold Tales and Alternate Timelines,” Part 1: BttF creator/screenwriter Bob Gale returns with all-new tales from the twisting and turning timeline that made Back to the Future a, well… timeless pop-culture phenomenon! Take a trip back to 1985 and be there when Doc Brown and Marty McFly first meet, and then jump even farther back, to 1945, to witness Doc’s involvement in the super-secret Manhattan Project. Issue #1 arrives in comic shops on October 21st! REGULAR COVER AUG150320 $3.99

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IDW PUBLISHING BACK TO THE FUTURE #2 (OF 4)

(W) Bob Gale, John Barber, Erik Burnham (A) Marcelo Ferriera, Chris Madden Great Scott! The past present and future come crashing together as only Back to the Future can do it! Secrets between the McFly family and Doc Brown are revealed… and what happens to the inventions that don’t quite work as planned? All thanks to the guiding hand of BTTF co-creator Bob Gale and co.! Issue #2 arrives in comic shops on November 25th! DELOREAN SUBSCRIPTION COVER SEP150401 $3.99

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BACK TO THE FUTURE #3 (OF 4)

(W) Bob Gale, John Barber, Erik Burnham (A) Corin Howell, Alan Robinson Wedding bells and crossed timelines! Marty McFly’s parents were destined to marry — whether he went back in time or not — but without his intervention, did the wedding cake taste as sweet? Plus, Doc and Marty weren’t the only pilots the DeLorean ever had. Biff Tannen took a trip, too — and 1955 wasn’t his only destination! Issue #3 arrives in comic shops on December 23rd! REGULAR COVER OCT150376 $3.99 SUBSCRIPTION COVER OCT150377 $3.99 ARCHIE 75TH ANNIVERSARY COVER OCT150378 $3.99

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BACK TO THE FUTURE #4 (OF 4)

(W) Bob Gale, John Barber, Erik Burnham (A) Ryan Browne, Erik Evensen Out of time! Marty’s been Doc Brown’s assistant for a couple years now — but that doesn’t mean Doc shares all of his secrets. Clandestine dealings with Libyans and a mysterious stainless-steel car are bad enough... but what else is Doc keeping to himself? Plus, Doc may not have been the first person to visit the past, but he made up for it by being the very first to visit the future! Issue #4 arrives in comics shops on January 20th! REGULAR COVER $3.99

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BOOKS

BACK TO THE FUTURE: THE ULTIMATE VISUAL HISTORY HC

A Harper Collins Publishers release! Great Scott! Few films have made an impact on popular culture like the Back to the Future trilogy. This deluxe, official book goes behind the scenes to tell the complete story of the making of these hugely popular movies and how the adventures of Marty McFly and Doc Brown became an international phenomenon. Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History is a stunning journey into the creation of this beloved time-traveling saga and features hundreds of rare and never-before-seen images from the set of the movies, along with concept art, storyboards, and other visual treasures. The book also features a foreword by Michael J. Fox, a preface by Christopher Lloyd, an introduction by Bob Gale, and an afterword by Robert Zemeckis.

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AUG151982 $50.00

WE DON’T NEED ROADS: THE MAKING OF THE BACK TO FUTURE TRILOGY

A Putnam Publishing Group release! A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the wildly successful and beloved Back to the Future trilogy, just in time for the 30th anniversary. Long before Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled through time in a flying DeLorean, director Robert Zemeckis, and his friend and writing partner Bob Gale, worked tirelessly to break into the industry with a hit. For the first time ever, the story of how these two young filmmakers struck lightning is being told by those who witnessed it. We Don’t Need Roads includes original interviews with Zemeckis, Gale, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Huey Lewis, and over fifty others who contributed to one of the most popular and profitable film trilogies of all time. MAY151792 $17.00

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BACK TO THE FUTURE MONOPOLY

A Diamond Select Toys release! Want to travel from 2015 to 1985 to 1955 to 1885 in the comfort of your own home? Well, now you can! This fully-licensed Back to the Future Monopoly board game provides hors of fun as you collect locations and time-hop through the world of the BTTF trilogy! The game board features all-new properties taken straight from the films, including Café ’80s and Doc’s Mansion, plus you get new “Chance” and Community Chest” cards, and new diecast metal game pieces of the time machine, Einstein the dog, the cowboy hat, the futuristic sneaker, the hoverboard and the famous Hill Valley clock! Game comes packaged in a full-color box resembling a case of plutonium. JUL152198 $39.99

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BACK TO THE FUTURE: 30TH-ANNIVERSARY MINIMATES HILL VALLEY BOX SET

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s time for Minimates to go back to the future! DST is revisiting their popular Back to the Future Minimates mini-figure line, with new box sets featuring never-before-made characters! First up is a brand new set from 2015, featuring three all-new characters — Griff Tannen, Marlene McFly, and Marty McFly, Jr. — plus a new figure of two-tie-wearing Marty McFly, Sr.! Each Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and interchangeable parts and accessories, including Griff’s Pit Bull hoverboard. Packaged in a full-color blister card. Designed by Art Asylum!

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JUL152197 $19.99

BACK TO THE FUTURE: OUT A TIME LICENSE PLATE REPLICA

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BACK TO THE FUTURE: MARTY HAT REPLICA

A Diamond Select Toys release! Get the Flux Capacitor ready and start up your time machine, because the Back to the Future “Outatime” License Plate Replica is ready for your collection! Recreating the legendary vehicle’s famous tags, this full-size replica features window-box packaging perfect for display or wall mounting. Not for street use after 1985.

A Diamond Select Toys release! The year 2015 brings many advancements according to the blockbuster Back to the Future series — everything from hoverboards to selfdrying jackets — including Marty McFly Jr’s signature colorchanging cap! Reproduced in every detail, this one-sizefits-all replica cap features ultra-refractive fabrics, Velcro closures, and enough 21st century tech to erase more than a photograph! Add this temporal trapping to your ensemble now before you run OUTATIME!

JUL084900 $35.00

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A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s 2015, which means we’re only months away from inventing Mr. Fusion, the device that turns garbage into energy! Arguably the biggest technological leap between the 1985 we saw in Back to the Future and the 2015 we saw in Back to the Future II, the Mr. Fusion Home Energy Reactor is now a realistically scaled 18” electronic replica from Diamond Select Toys, complete with a sound effect to let you know that the sealed processing unit has been opened and is ready to process household waste into 1.21 gigawatts of energy! Runs on included batteries.

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BACK TO THE FUTURE: MR. FUSION REPLICA

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BACK TO THE FUTURE: FLUX CAPACITOR UNLIMITED EDITION

A Diamond Select Toys release! Building on the success of the sold-out Flux Capacitor Replica comes the highly anticipated and even more screen-accurate (no strobe light) “Unlimited” Edition! Still measuring in at 16” tall by 11” wide, this working electronic Flux Capacitor features the same attention to detail and sturdy construction as the original, but with an improved, film-accurate lighting design taken directly from the 1985 classic, Back to the Future! OCT088076 $395.00

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DIAMOND SELECT TOYS A Diamond Select Toys release! Journey through time and space with style, thanks to this 1/18-scale replica featuring the iconic DeLorean time machine from Back to the Future! Measuring 14 inches long and featuring working light and sound effects from the classic film franchise, this landmark release includes fully-detailed moving parts — just keep it under 88 miles per hour! APR148369 $60.00

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BACK TO THE FUTURE: ICED TIME MACHINE 30TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTOR SET

A Diamond Select Toys release! Is it hot? No, it’s ice cold! DST revisits their bestselling electronic 1/15-scale Time Machine from Back to the Future in a new, 30th Anniversary edition box set! Having just arrived in our time from 1985, this Version 1 Time Machine has a thin coating of “frost” over its entire surface, to replicate the effects of time travel. Plus, bonus accessories include flaming tire tracks, a license plate you can pose like it’s spinning, and a case of plutonium! (Not actual plutonium.) Set comes packaged in a full-color window box.

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DIAMOND SELECT TOYS A Diamond Select Toys release! Take a trip to Hill Valley circa 1885 in the all-new Back to the Future Part III Time Machine! This updated version of the classic vehicle design includes time-traveling lights and sounds plus a new “Old West” look complete with home-made hood components, just as seen in the epic finale of the Back to the Future trilogy! NOV091220 $60.00

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BACK TO THE FUTURE III: TIME MACHINE

BACK TO THE FUTURE III: RAIL READY TIME MACHINE

A Diamond Select Toys release! The time machine from the Back to the Future movies has undergone many changes. What started as a sports car combined with spare parts and some plutonium, became futuristic by the second movie. Upgrades like a “Mr. Fusion” power source and hover/flight capabilities certainly took the time machine to places where roads were not needed! An unplanned trip to 1885 stranded our traveler in the past, unable to run the time machine due to a lack of gasoline. After several failed attempts to get the time machine moving fast enough to reach 88 MPH, activate the flux capacitor, and make the return trip to 1985, the time machine was refitted for travel on the existing railways of the Old West! AUG101522 $60.00

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DIAMOND SELECT TOYS BACK TO THE FUTURE TUMBLERS

BACK TO THE FUTURE JUL152199 $9.99

BACK TO THE FUTURE 2 JUL152200 $9.99

BACK TO THE FUTURE 3 JUL152201 $9.99

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A Diamond Select Toys release! Ring in the new year(s) in style with these three Back to the Future Reelware glass tumblers, featuring all-new artwork capturing the most exciting moments of the BTTF trilogy! From the first movie, Doc Brown connects the crucial power cords in 1955! From the second film, the Time Machine cruises the skyways in 2015! And from the third film, the arrival of the Time Train from 1885! Collect all three glasses to complete the trilogy — you’ll feel like you’re drinking in a different century with each one! Package in a full-color window box.

BACK TO THE FUTURE: BIFF’S PARADISE CASINO PINT GLASS

A Diamond Select Toys release! Raise a glass to America’s greatest folk hero with the latest glass in the Glasses to Go line! Inspired by the world of Back to the Future Part II, this pint glass bears the logo of Biff Tannen’s Pleasure Paradise, the den of iniquity seen in the corrupted version of 1985. Forget your troubles (and your alternate futures) with a drink at Biff’s! DEC138389 $10.99

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A Diamond Select Toys release! Welcome to 1985! If you were ringing in the new year in the bar at Biff Tannen’s Pleasure Paradise, you might be raising a shot glass bearing the logo of the famous hotel and casino, as seen in Back to the Future Part II. Sure, that timeline was erased, but this commemorative shot glass can be yours forever!

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BACK TO THE FUTURE: BIFF’S PARADISE CASINO SHOT GLASS

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BACK TO THE FUTURE: CAFE 80S PINT GLASS

A Diamond Select Toys release! Remember the 1980s? The Back to the Future movies may have given us an unrealistic vision of the future, but one thing they got right was the love for everything 1980s! This pint glass is adorned with the logo of Cafe ‘80s, the theme restaurant visited by Marty McFly in 2015. Remember the 1980s (and the Back to the Future films!) with this nostalgic addition to DST’s Reelware line! JUN142087 $10.99

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DIAMOND SELECT TOYS scientific breakthrough? Breaking the time barrier? Asking your mom to the school dance? Then why not celebrate with a cool drink using your own Back to the Future ice cubes! This silicone rubber tray features various sized molds of the BTTF logo and the OUTATIME license plate, and can be used to make ice and chocolate! SEP121670 $14.99

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Zippo lighter is one of the most distinctive lighters ever made, and we can imagine this all-new Zippo design being sold in Biff Tannen’s hotel and casino, located in the heart of Hill Valley. Flip open this metal Zippo lighter sporting the Pleasure Paradise logo, and it’s sure to warm the dampest spirits. Comes packaged in a full-color collector case. JUN142085 $29.99

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BACK TO THE FUTURE: SILICONE TRAY BACK TO THE FUTURE: BIFF’S A Diamond Select Toys release! Planning on making a PARADISE CASINO ZIPPO LIGHTER

BACK TO THE FUTURE: TIME MACHINE BOTTLE OPENER

A Diamond Select Toys release! Remember that time you wanted a refreshing rink, but didn’t have a bottle opener? Well, now you can plan for the future with this sculpted 4” metal bottle opener depicting the famous time machine from Back to the Future! It won’t travel back in time to open past drinks for you, but the magnets on the wheels will keep it mounted on your refrigerator so it will always be there, time after time. Comes packaged in a full-color slip case. JUN152100 $18.00

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