SDCC: Dynamite to Publish "Hardy Boys" and "Nancy Drew" Comics

Ahead of Comic-Con International, Dynamite Entertainment has announced it will publish a line of comics, graphic novels and manga featuring the literary teen detectives the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew.

Papercutz previously held the licenses for both properties.

"One of the goals at Dynamite has been to expand not only our audience, but to draw new readers into the wonderful world of comics," Nick Barrucci, CEO and publisher of Dynamite, said in a statement. "Working with Simon & Schuster on 'Nancy Drew' and 'The Hardy Boys' will help that campaign. With original graphic novels, manga and periodical comic books coming their way, pre-teen, teen,and grown-up fans will have plenty of opportunities to experience these beloved characters -- and their captivating mysteries -- in our distinctly visual medium."

Created in 1927 by publisher Edward Stratemeyer, the Hardy Boys -- brothers Frank and Joe Hardy -- have been solving mysteries in their hometown of Bayport, and beyond, for nine decades. Nancy Drew arrived on the scene in 1930, tackling cases in River Heights, where she was often assisted by cousins Bess Marvin and George Fayne.

Combined, the two properties have sold more than 300 million books worldwide, and have inspired television series, video games and, in Nancy's case, films.

Dynamite's "Nancy Drew" and "The Hardy Boys" will launch in 2017, which just happens to coincide with the 90th anniversary of Frank and Joe's debut.

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