saved by the bell knight rider nbc digital comics NBC shows as digital comics: 'Saved by the Bell,' 'Knight Rider' and more

Do you still miss some of NBC’s beloved shows of the 1980s and 1990s? If so, you’re in luck. “Saved by the Bell,” “Knight Rider,” “Miami Vice,” “Punky Brewster” and “Airwolf” will all see new life as digital comics later in 2013.

The new stories coming in comic form will be writers from current animated series “Teen Titans,” “Jackie Chan Adventures” and “Ben 10,” while artists Carl Reed, Jason Johnson and Lorenzo Lizana will provide the artwork. Lion Forge Comics will create and distribute the comics via Amazon’s Kindle store, Apple’s iBooks and Barnes & Noble.

Why these particular shows? According to the CEO of Lion Forge, David Steward cited the programs’ “hugely popular characters such as Crockett and Tubbs, Zack Morris and Punky Brewster to highly stylized music and clothing choices.”

Can these shows match the success of genre television-turned-comics? Programs like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Charmed” and more have added story to the original show canons via comic books. It’s unclear whether the new digital comics will be considered part of the original series or will stand alone.

Further information about the digital comics will be announced during the San Diego Comic-Con later in July.

Posted by:Laurel Brown