Back To The Future: The Harvey Series

From 1991 to 1993, a run of Back To The Future comics were published by Harvey Comics. The short series was based on the Animated series that came out on CBS after the 3rd movie. Below is every issue that was released.

A quick note about the covers. While there aren’t any major cover variations (such as with the IDW run years later), there were Newsstand and Direct Edition versions released for every issue (except for the #0 ‘Ashcan’ edition). The difference between the 2 covers can be seen simply by looking at where the bar-code is in the lower left cover of every issue. This was something that was done with most comic’s from the early 1980’s through the 1990’s. For more information, click here.

Huge thanks to my good friends Alexandra Green for the #0 “Ashcan” cover and Dexter SherloConan for the updated ‘side by side’ Direct vs. Newsstand covers for all other issues!

And now for the comics!


Back To The Future Issue#1: “The Gang’s All Here”
(Released November 1991)

“When Einstein comes down with cat-aracts (a canine disease making him see everyone and everything as felines), Doc and Marty go back to 1927 Chicago to find a Prohibition-era liquor still with which to brew a cure. In the process, the two pose as mobsters in order to infiltrate the gang of Arine “Eggs” Benedict, whose members include Mugsy Tannen and “Bathtub Jim” McFly.”

Writer: Dwayne McDuffie
Cover Artist: Gil Kane
Penciler/Inker: Nelson Dewey
Inker: Ken Selig
Letterer: Grace Kremer

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(Left) Direct Edition Cover
(Right) Newsstand Edition Cover


Back to the Future #2: “Forward to the Past”
(Based on the animated series episode #3, of the same name)
(Released January 1992)


“Doc and his sons travel three million years into the past to test a disintegration device. A Tyrannosaurus rex tries to eat them, but a friendly Pteranodon, whom Verne nicknames Donny, helps them escape. When a meteor plummets toward Earth, Doc uses the device to destroy it, inadvertently preventing the extinction of the dinosaurs and halting human evolution. Upon returning to the future, they find a society inhabited by intelligent dinosaurs and realize they must un-do what they did in order to put time right.”

Writer: Dwayne McDuffie (Based on script by Earl Kress)
Cover Artist: Gil Kane
Penciler/Inker/Coloring: Nelson Dewey

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(Left) Direct Edition Cover
(Right) Newsstand Edition Cover


Back to the Future #3: “Roman Holiday”
(Based on the animated series episode #5, of the same name)
(Released March 1992)


“Doc and Marty visit ancient Rome, with Jules and Verne stowing away in the DeLorean. Marty insults gladiator Bifficus Antanneny and must face him in a chariot race, but lets the soldier lose, knowing that this must happen in order for Caligula to become the next Emperor. Doc is mistaken for a rebellious slave and sentenced to be fed to lions, but uses a holographic device to escape, while the boys befriend slave Judah Ben-Hur (yes, Charlton Heston’s fictional character from the 1959 biblical epic film).”

Writer: Dwayne McDuffie (Based on script by Mark & Michael Klastorin)
Cover Artist: Gil Kane
Penciler/Inker/Coloring: Nelson Dewey

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(Left) Direct Edition Cover
(Right) Newsstand Edition Cover


Back to the Future #4: “Retired”
(Based on the animated series episode #12, of the same name)
(Released June 1992)


“Jules and Verne perpetrate April Fool’s Day pranks on their father, including sabotaging his Brain Wave Analyzer to make him think his brain is full to capacity. A panicked Doc retires from science and pursues jobs in which he won’t need to think, such as parking cars and preparing pizzas, then travels to the Cro-Magnon period to avoid science entirely. After Marty nearly destroys Hill Valley with catastrophic storms while trying to create special effects at his band’s concert, the boys confess their prank and Doc uses his know-how to stem the danger.”

Writer: Dwayne McDuffie (Based on script by Payton Reed & Mark Cowen)
Cover Artist: Gil Kane
Penciler/Inker/Coloring: Nelson Dewey

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(Left) Direct Edition Cover
(Right) Newsstand Edition Cover


Back to the Future #0: “Ashcan Edition”
(Retail Only Preview of the first issue. Not For Resale!)

(Released November 1991)
Writer: Dwayne McDuffie
Cover Artist: Gil Kane
Penciler/Inker: Nelson Dewey
Inker: Ken Selig
Letterer: Grace Kremer


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Back to the Future Mini Series #1 of 3: “Forward To The Future”
(Released October 1992)

“Doc’s family and Marty travel to 2585 to visit Robot City, a domed station in the Asteroid Belt at which hundreds of robots cater to humanity’s needs. Arriving amidst a robotic revolution against Governor Tannen and the droids’ lazy human masters, the Browns convince the automata to halt hostilities and help the humans become healthier and less dependent on technology. Suddenly, however, an electric shock from the time-travel locomotive’s Flux Capacitor leaves Doc with amnesia.”

Writer: Dwayne McDuffie
Penciler/Lettering: Nelson Dewey

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(Left) Direct Edition Cover
(Right) Newsstand Edition Cover


Back to the Future Mini Series #2 of 3: “The Jewel In The Tower”
(Released November 1992)

“Jules tries to fix the damaged Flux Capacitor, but the train carries Marty and the Browns to the year 2,991,299,129,912,991 A.D. (the year 1992 in reverse, four times), where they find human civilization replaced with primitive villages. Setting out to locate platinum for the Flux Capacitor, they encounter Tannen the Barbarian, who elicits their help in stealing the Ruby Begonia for the Queen of Apocrypha. Jules finds platinum in the matriarch’s castle, after which the Browns leave the distant future behind.”

Writer: Dwayne McDuffie
Penciler/Lettering: Nelson Dewey

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(Left) Direct Edition Cover
(Right) Newsstand Edition Cover


Back to the Future Mini Series #3 of 3: “The Great Indoors”
(Released January 1993)

“Verne uses Doc’s Extradimensional Storage Closet—a room offering access to multiple dimensions of time and space—in the hope of delivering a sufficient electrical shock to restore his father’s lost memory, but the resultant power surge turns the closet inside out, damaging the fabric of the space-time continuum. This causes the Browns and Marty to randomly jump around in time and space, and threatens to collapse the entire planet into a black hole. Luckily, Doc regains his memories in time to avert the crisis.”

Writer: Dwayne McDuffie
Penciler/Lettering: Nelson Dewey

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(Left) Direct Edition Cover
(Right) Newsstand Edition Cover

Also Thanks To Blastoff Comics, For Story Summaries & Episode Number’s A Couple Of The Comics Were Based On. Full Article Can Be Found Here!

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