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Back to the Future
Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Back to the Future: Jurassic Biff Back to the Future
"Jurassic Biff"
Back to the Future #3
Story and script by Erik Burnham & Bob Gale
Art by Alan Robinson
Colors by Jose Luis Rio
Letters by Shawn Lee


Old Biff steals the time machine in 2015 to give himself the sports almanac...and immediately arrives during the age of dinosaurs!


Read the story summary at Futurepedia


Notes from the Back to the Future chronology


This story opens in 2015 and then goes to an unknown time in the far distant past of Earth (likely the Cretaceous Period), when dinosaurs roamed the planet.


Didja Know?


The title of the story borrows from the well-known 1993 film Jurassic Park.


Characters appearing or mentioned in this story


Biff Tannen

Doc Brown

Marty McFly


Didja Notice?


On page 2 of the story, old Biff punches the time display in the DeLorean with the fist on the end of his cane! It could be this pounding is what causes the display to change it's Destination Time setting spontaneously a couple times in Back to the Future Part II.


Page 3, panel 5 of the story shows that the "Plutonium Chamber" power gauge in the DeLorean has been changed to be the "Mr. Fusion Chamber" power gauge.


    On page 4 of the story, Biff encounters a dinosaur he refers to as raptor, having seen "that Spielberg movie". The movie he refers to is, of course, Jurassic Park, directed by Steven Spielberg, which featured Velociraptors in a primary role. However, the Velociraptors of that film series are much larger than that species was in real life, so the dinosaur Biff meets is more likely the similar species Deinonychus. Either way, Biff has actually arrived in the Cretaceous Period 75-71 million years ago, not the Jurassic.

    Steven Spielberg was also the executive producer of the Back to the Future films.


On page 6 of the story, Biff whacks the Deinonychus on the head with the fist on his cane!


It doesn't seem likely that a whack on the head from Biff's cane could kill or knock out an adult Deinonychus, but somehow Biff has apparently cut off the tail of the beast to serve as fuel for Mr. Fusion (as see on page 7) so he can continue his mission to 1955.


On page 7 of the story, Biff brings to mind a date where he remembers where he was so he can give himself the sports almanac. That's why he chose November 12, 1955, because he was already reminded of that day by the incident he witnessed between Marty Jr. (actually teen Marty) and Griff (as seen in Back to the Future Part II).


Possibly, Biff's tendency to use his cane to bash things has weakened the shaft to the point that it was relatively easy to break when it got jammed in the door well of the DeLorean after he returned to 2015 in Back to the Future Part II, so that Doc finds the broken tip in the car shortly after.


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