NBC Brings ’80s Sitcoms to Print


NBCUniversal has tapped digital publisher Lion Forge Comics to develop digital comics based on some of its most popular TV shows from the 1980s and ’90s.

The range will initially feature five of the networks most enduring series–“Airwolf,” “Knight Rider,” “Miami Vice,” “Punky Brewster” and “Saved by the Bell.”

"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," says David Steward, chief executive officer, Lion Forge. "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 licensed comic books will be available in the third and fourth quarter of this year from a variety of digital booksellers including Amazon, Apple and Barnes & Noble.

“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," says Chris Lucero, director of global consumer products licensing, NBCUniversal Television. "We're excited to give fans a chance to revisit some of their favorite shows and characters in a completely new way."