|Emmett Brown Visits the Future|
|Part of:||Back to the Future: Untold Tales and Alternate Timelines|
|Colorist:||Jose Luis Rio|
|Publication date:||January 13, 2016|
October 26, 1985|
August 8, 2015
April 18, 1938
Emmett Brown Visits the Future was the second of two stories printed within Issue 4 of Back to the Future: Untold Tales and Alternate Timelines printed by IDW Publishing in 2016. It told the story of how Emmett Brown first traveled into the future.
OUT OF TIME! Marty's been Doc Brown's assistant for a couple years now-but that doesn't mean Doc shares 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.
On October 26, 1985, after Marty McFly arrived at the Lone Pine Mall and discovered that Doc had used a bulletproof vest to survive being shot by Libyan terrorists, Doc loaded a plutonium pellet in the DeLorean time machine. He then packed up the remaining cartridges, and, with his dog Einstein accompanying him, took Marty home.
When he arrived he was surrounded by automobiles from his own time period, and realized that he had found himself in the middle of the Hill Valley 1980s Car Expo. He entered his DeLorean in the contest, and won first place, 10% off a hover conversion worth $3995.00 at Goldie Wilson Hover Conversion Systems.
He sees a Mr. Fusion unit in a store window, for sale for $8,200. He needed to find enough money to cover that, $36,000 for the hover conversion, and California sales tax. He had some silver dollars, which were family heirlooms that he had brought with him as he assumed that silver would only escalate in value. However, when he took them to the Hill Valley Stamp and Coin Shop, the dealer would only offer him $6,300.
Doc realized that he needed to find a better source of income, so he decided to see if anything that he owned in the past would get him enough money. He went to the Blast from the Past antique shop, but when he saw that the prices for the merchandise there were much too low, he knew he was looking in the wrong place.
He went to the Hill Valley Public Library, and discovered the internet. Using a public computer, he searched online for prices of valuable items to find out what would be the most valuable investment. Finding what he was searching for, he left the library, entered the date April 18, 1938 into the time circuits, and headed towards his destination.
He arrived two miles outside of Hill Valley, parked the DeLorean behind a billboard advertising Studebakers, and left Einstein behind to guard the car. At a shop in town, he paid one of his silver dollars for his purchase and headed back to the DeLorean, and then back to 2015.
Once there, he went to Southby's Auction House to sell a near mint first issue of Action Comics for 2.5 million dollars. He then headed back to the DeLorean, where he had stored several more copies of the same comic book. With his investment, Doc had surmised that he had managed to set him self up financially for life. He then took off in the DeLorean, which had been successfully hover converted and had the Mr. Fusion unit installed.
Behind the scenes
- The splash page for the story bore the credit "Action Comics #1 appears courtesy of DC Comics".
- Emmett Brown
- Marty McFly
- Hill Valley 1980s Car Expo host (First appearance)
- Goldie Wilson III
- Hoverboarding teen (First appearance)
- Librarian (First appearance)
- Hill Valley Stamp and Coin Shop dealer (First appearance)
- Southby's Auction House dealer (First appearance)
- Hover conversion
- Mr. Fusion
- Television set
- Macintosh computer
- Atari 2600
- Cell phone
- Reagan/Bush 1984 Presidential campaign T-shirt and poster
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles costume
- Pac-Man balloon
- Michael Jackson's Thriller jacket and poster
- Ghostbusters costumes
- He-Man action figure
- Teddy Ruxpin
- Nirvana poster