Dynamite Is Bringing Charlie's Angels to Comics
In over forty years, Charlie’s Angels have never starred in their own comic book series. But that's going to change, as Dynamite has revealed plans to bring the franchise to comics in 2018.
So far, there are not any creative teams attached to the new Charlie's Angels comics, but Dynamite’s announcement specified that the series would be based upon the television show that debuted in 1976. "The team at Dynamite all grew up watching the adventures of these strong female role-models,” said Dynamite Entertainment Publisher Nick Barrucci in a press release. “We're proud to present the upcoming Charlie's Angels comic book series to an entirely new generation of fans!"
The TV series initially starred Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, and Jaclyn Smith as three women from different backgrounds who were brought together by the enigmatic Charles Townsend as part of his private detective agency. Throughout the series, Cheryl Ladd, Shelley Hack, and Tanya Roberts were added to the roster whenever a cast member departed. As part of the series’ mythology, Townsend was never shown onscreen.
Back in 2000, the Charlie's Angels films starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu actually shared some continuity with the original series, as John Forsythe reprised his role as Charlie, while Smith made a cameo as Kelly Garrett in the second film, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.
There was a Charlie's Angels reboot series in 2011, but it didn’t even last a full season so it probably won’t factor in here. Although Dynamite only plans to cover the original series, it’s possible that the comic may eventually explore the gap between the TV show and the films. In particular, it would be interesting to learn more about Demi Moore’s Madison Lee, a rogue operative who had once been a member of Charlie’s Angels.
Even within the context of the original series, there is also room to explore the backstories of each individual angel, as well as Charlie Townsend. There’s even an easy way to get around showing Charlie’s face in the comics, if every panel in the issue was from his point-of-view. Solo adventures for the Angels, Sabrina Duncan, Jill Munroe, and Kelly Garrett, would also be a strong possibility. And considering that the comics aren’t limited to an actress'’ availability, there could even be a story with all of the TV Angels.
It’s also worth noting that Dynamite is already the publisher of two other ‘70s TV standout hits: The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman. The company has also been aggressive about pairing those characters up in crossovers, including the recently released Wonder Woman ‘77 and The Bionic Woman miniseries. Adding the Charlie’s Angels characters to the mix, we wouldn’t be surprised at all to see the Angels team up with the Bionic Woman or even Steve Austin himself (not the wrestler, though that'd be cool too). We may learn more about Dynamite’s Charlie’s Angels plans at New York Comic Con later this week.
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