So Sam Alexander is going to Hill Valley High?
My first immediate thought too. McGuinness HAD to have used Mr. Strickland as inspiration. 50 bucks says he calls Sam a slacker on that same page.
You just know Strickland's gonna call him a slacker (probably on these very pages). All we need is a crazy, but lovable scientist, with a kick ass modified car and we'll have a Back to the Future bingo (we already have the skateboarding underdog, the love interest, the Biff Tannen bully and Mr. Strickland).