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'Punky Brewster,' 'Saved by the Bell' and other '80s shows are back -- as comics

July 3, 2013 at 2:01 PM ET

Image: Comic book image of Punky Brewster from the popular TV series of the same name.
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The new "Punky Brewster."

They're baaaa-aaaack! Sort of. Several hit shows from the 1980s are about to get a second life, but this time, they'll be on an even smaller screen.

"Punky Brewster," "Saved by the Bell," "Miami Vice," "Knight Rider" and "Airwolf" will all return later this year as digital comics thanks to a partnership between NBCUniversal and Lion Forge Comics.

"Partnering with the team at Lion Forge to bring classic TV properties to life in a 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 press release. "We're excited to give fans a chance to revisit some of their favorite shows and characters in a completely new way."

But don't worry -- that new way will still have an old, nostalgic feel.

Image: "Saved by the Bell" gang in digital comic form.
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"Saved by the Bell" gang in digital comic form.

"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," Lion Forge CEO David Steward explained in the release. "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."

Fans of the classic TV shows can start enjoying those "entertaining experiences" this fall. The comics will be available via Apple's iBooks, Barnes & Noble's Nook Book store, and Amazon's Kindle store.

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