SAVED BY THE BELL -- Season 1 -- Pictured: (clockwise, l-r) Dustin DIamond as Screech Powers, Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater, Lark Voorhies as Lisa Turtle, Tiffani Thiessen as Kelly Kapowski, Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris, Eliszabeth Berkeley as Jessie Spano -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
Children of the 1980s, brace yourselves: "Saved By the Bell" is returning as a digital comic book.
The now-classic NBC series, along with "Knight Rider," "Airwolf," "Miami Vice" and "Punky Brewster" will be revived as digital comics. NBC is partnering with Lion Forge for the digital comics.
“Partnering with the team at Lion Forge to bring classic TV properties to life in graphic novel format was a natural step for us as we continue to identify new ways to entertain our fans in the digital space,” Chris Lucero, director of Global Consumer Products Licensing for NBCUniversal Television, said in a statement. “We're excited to give fans a chance to revisit some of their favorite shows and characters in a completely new way."
Joelle Sellner ("Teen Titans"); Jonathan London ("Geekscape"); Geoffrey Thorne ("Leverage," "Ben 1"0) and David Gorden ("Catalyst Prime: Accel") are writing the comics. Jason Johnson ("Wetworks") and Lion Forge's Carl Reed and Lorenzo Lizana are on board as artists.
"From hugely popular characters such as Crockett and Tubbs, Zack Morris and Punky Brewster to highly stylized music and clothing choices, these TV franchises have had a significant impact on pop culture," David Steward, CEO of Lion Forge, said in a statement. "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."
The digital comics based on the NBC shows will be available later in 2013 through Amazon Kindle Bookstore, Kobo, Barne & Noble's Nook Book Store and Apple's iBooks.