Back to the Future 12: How Needles Got Here

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Back to the Future #12: How Needles Got Here
Part of: Back to the Future (IDW Publishing)
Issue number(s): 12
Page count: 26
Writer: Bob Gale
John Barber
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Publication date: September 14, 2016

Back to the Future #12: How Needles Got Here was the twelfth issue of the Back to the Future comic series by IDW Publishing. It is a standalone story that details the origin of Douglas J. Needles.

The main story takes place in 1979, however the framing story takes place in 1986, immediately following the events of Back to the Future: Continuum Conundrum.

Publisher's Summary

NEEDLES' STORY! In a special one-off event, delve into the secret history of one of Marty McFly's most persistent pests, Needles! What made that kid into the troublemaker we all know and despise?


On March 4, 1986, Douglas J. Needles is sitting in his Ford F-150, covered in eggs from the delivery truck that he crashed into when Jennifer Parker ran him off the road in the unmodified DeLorean DMC-12 that she and Marty McFly discovered in Doc's secret lab.

Two officers from the Hill Valley Police Department show up to take him to jail. The older officer knows him well, and addresses him by his first name, as he has a reputation as a trouble maker and has a long rap sheet to back that reputation up.

The younger officer is concerned that Needles is catatonic, as he is just staring straight ahead, saying nothing and not moving. The older officer tells him that he's just mad at something, at which point Needles says a single word: "McFly".

At the police department, Needles is informed that his story doesn't add up, as no DeLorean was found anywhere at the scene, and both Marty McFly and Jennifer Parker are both at home. The delivery driver mentioned "some 1920's car with a parachute, however, since the police found a flask in the delivery van, his testimony is not admissible in court.

The older officer warns Needles to change his attitude, since he is almost eighteen, or he'll be looking at life from the inside of a cell for the rest of his life. He tells Needles to take a hard look and ask himself how he got to be in his situation.

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