‘Knight Rider’ Comic Strip to breath new life into much loved television series
Back in the 80s we had a lot of great television series that had a huge amount of imagination and fun to them.
One such series was Knight Rider, which was so good that it has had several reboots. One in the early 90s with Team Knight Rider and the more recent 2008 continuation simply titled Knight Rider, which saw a fresher faced version of Michael Knight fill in for David Hasslehoff’s original, who actually made a nice little cameo in that shows pilot episode.
In recent weeks we have heard talk of yet another attempt to reboot the franchise via a cinematic movie, but before we get to that we might well be seeing a web comic version of the series come are way first.
Earlier this week Hollywood Reporter revealed that several popular shows from the 1980s were going to have their own web comics.
St. Louis-based Lion Forge Comics, which plans to launch digital comic series based on the five NBC shows in the second half of the year, to be sold through Amazon’s Kindle Bookstore, Apple’s iBooks and Barnes & Noble’s Nook bookstore and Kobo. Creators on the series include television writers from the animated Teen Titans, Ben 10 and Jackie Chan Adventures series, and artists Jason Johnson, Carl Reed and Lorenzo Lizana.
The five shows that Lion Forge are focusing on are Knight Rider, Miami Vice, Saved By The Bell, Airwolf and Punky Brewster.
According to Chris Lucero, NBCUniversal Television’s director of global consumer products licensing, the partnership was “a natural step for us as we continue to identify new ways to entertain our fans in the digital space.” Lion Forge’s CEO David Steward cites the series’ impact on pop culture “from hugely popular characters such as Crockett and Tubbs, Zack Morris and Punky Brewster to highly stylized music and clothing choices” as the reason his company got involved.
More will be revealed about the series during San Diego Comic-Con the publisher says, but whether we can wait that long to find out if the Airwolf comic will count the show’s
As a fan of at least two of the above series that Lion Forge are developing. I’ll be sure to be searching for them on my Kindle nearer the time.
I don’t ever remember there being regular comic book series for either Airwolf and Knight Rider, but when I was a kid I often enjoyed the comic strips that we’d often get here in the UK in a weekly magazine called Look -In, which over its many years of publication ran comic strips of popular TV series of the day. Knight Rider and Airwolf were two such strips that I remember from those days.
You can check out a picture of the Look In Knight Rider strip below:
Heres hoping that Lion Forge engage their turbo boost and bring us some of the these great titles sooner as apposed to later.
Written By: Ian Cullen
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