Starburns Industries To Develop Scout Comics’ ‘The Electric Black’ For Television

by Erik Amaya

The company behind Rick & Morty is looking to bring Scout Comics’ The Electric Black to television.

Scout announced Thursday that Starburns Industries is looking to adapt the comic book by Joseph Schmalke and Rich Woodall into an animated horror series. Mike Griffin, Paul Young and James Fino are attached to produce.

The comic tells the story of a cursed antique shop which can appear anywhere in any time and space, soliciting customers it hungers to corrupt or devour. As Scout puts it, “Inside this eerie emporium, all of the forbidden objects have secrets to unlock. The poor souls that enter never leave without something.” Julius Black, the store’s “demonic proprietor,” and his cadre of “psychopathic employees” also manipulate patrons for their own devious purposes.

As with all recent development announcements, it is unclear how quickly the series may make it to air. Of course, with the extra lead time needed for animation, it may be awhile before it lands on a cable channel or streaming service. Nevertheless, with a solid premise, it could easily be fast-tracked. We’ll keep an eye out and see if we get tempted by any of its secrets or arcane baubles.

Erik Amaya

Host of Tread Perilously and a Film/TV Writer at and Rotten Tomatoes. A former staff writer at CBR and Bleeding Cool, and a contributing writer at Fanbase Press and Monkeys Fighting Robots. Voice of Puppet Tommy on The Room Responds. A seeker of the Seastone Chair and the owner of a Legion Flight Ring. Sorted into Gryffindor, which came as some surprise.

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