Introducing an alternative form of flashbacks to old content, NBCUniversal have announced a deal with Lion Forge Comics that will see many classic series from the former’s main network released in a ‘digital comic’ format.
While it is unclear if the releases will be literal adaptations or original stories ‘based on’ the shows in question, it is confirmed that it will be espionage show Airwolf, sci-fi/action series Knight Rider, crime drama Miami Vice, family sitcom Punky Brewster, and high school sitcom Saved by the Bell, all series from the 1980′s (and with the exception of Airwolf, all NBC shows during their original runs) that will receive the treatment from the publisher.
Responsible for working on the new titles are writers David Gorden, Geoffrey Thorne, Joelle Sellner, and Jonathan London, whilst Carl Reed, Jason Johnson, and Lorenzo Lizana will serve as artists for the productions.
Lion Forge’s CEO David Steward summarised: “From hugely popular characters such as Crockett and Tubbs, Zack Morris and Punky Brewster to highly stylised music and clothing choices, these TV franchises have had a significant impact on pop culture. We here at Lion Forge are looking forward to extending that influence by creating visually appealing and entertaining experiences on mobile devices for a whole new generation of fans.”
Set to be released via the Amazon’s ‘Kindle Bookstore’, Apple’ ‘iBooks’, Barnes & Noble’s ‘The Nook Book Store’, and Kobo’s Store by the end of this year, will the comic adaptations of old hit programmes achieve their goal of both allowing the old to revisit and the new to be ‘drawn in’? A chance to reminisce/be introduced to each of the 5 programmes in question can be seen below on this 80′s nostalgia trip: