’80s TV shows getting comic book treatment

July 3, 2013 • Entertainment

This image released by [auth] Lion Forge Comics shows an animated version of the cast from the popular TV series “Saved by the Bell.” NBCUniversal is partnering with Lion Forge Comics to develop licensed comic books based on popular TV shows from the 1980s and 90s. In addition to “Saved by the Bell,” Lion Forge will will write, develop and publish digital comics based on “Airwolf,” “Knight Rider,” “Miami Vice,” and “Punky Brewster.” (AP Photo/Lion Forge Comics)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — “Punky Brewster” and the kids from “Saved by the Bell” are returning to the small screen through digital comic books. So, too, are “Knight Rider,” ”Airwolf” and “Miami Vice.”

Lion Forge Comics and NBC Universal said Tuesday they partnered to develop, write, illustrate and publish digital comics based on those shows from the 1980s and 1990s, bringing new stories for characters like Crocket and Tubbs as well as Kit and Screech.

The comics are set to be released later this year through iTunes, Amazon’s Kindle Bookstore, Barnes & Nobles’ Nook store and Kobo.

The NBC Universal-owned shows are the latest in a growing push that has seen other TV properties extend their stories in comics, most recently “The X-Files” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

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