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Back to the Future
Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Back to the Future: Continuum Conundrum (Part 5) Back to the Future
"Continuum Conundrum" Part 5
Back to the Future #10
Story by John Barber and Bob Gale
Script by John Barber
Art by Marcelo Ferreira & Athila Fabbio
Inks by Marcelo Ferreira, Athila Fabbio & Toni Doya
Colors by Jose Luis Rio & Diego Rodriguez
Letters by Shawn Lee
Cover by Marcelo Ferreira
July 2016


Doc, with his memory returned, explains to Marty how he got from 1893 to his current predicament.


Read the story summary at Futurepedia


Notes from the Back to the Future chronology


This issue opens on September 16, 2035.


Characters appearing or mentioned in this story


Griff Tannen

Marty McFly

Doc Brown

Commissioner Wilson (not named until "Continuum Conundrum" Part 6)




woman on phone

Harper (on phone only)

Trey (on phone only)



Officer C-128

Jennifer Parker (in flashback only)


Didja Notice?


Pages 6-7 are a flashback reprinted from Back to the Future #8 ("Continuum Conundrum" Part 3) with the addition of Doc's musings in 2035 and his imagined version of what Clara and his boys had to say about his exploits after he jumped forward in time to 2035.


On page 10, a digital billboard in 2035 advertises "Wintro - When You Want To." A young woman is seen holding a can of what may be soda pop on the display. Wintro appears to be a fictitious brand.


On page 11, a man (Aiden) does a live social media posting that reveals that the A Match Made in Space movie now has nine sequels and a reboot, with a second reboot in the works.


Page 14 reveals that Doc has set up the alias of Dr. Leroy Brown for himself so he can make transactions in 2015 and beyond. Doc may have taken the name from either the 1973 song "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" by Jim Croce or from the real name of the fictitious character in the Encyclopedia Brown children's detective books published 1963-2012.


In 2035, most people have a "headphone" implanted in their head for communications. When Doc is found not to have a headphone by a bank scanner, Doc asks, "Why should I need to be listening to a Walkman?" "Walkman" is Sony's brand name for its personal audio/video devices (at Doc's home time of 1985, Walkman devices are only audio, being the brand of a Sony audio cassette tape player).


The hoverboard-like devices used in 2035 are now called "gliders".


Pages 22-23 are a flashback reprinted from the end of "Continuum Conundrum" Part 1, with voiceover by Doc added.


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