If you were a child of the '70s, some of the best highlights of network television were the sexy detectives in ABC's Charlie's Angels, the series that made superstars out of pop pin-up girls Farrah Fawcett and Cheryl Ladd.
The not-so-secret formula of gathering a group of smart, gorgeous women and sending them on a weekly mission of murder mysteries proved highly successful for the network, and the show enjoyed a healthy, high-numbers run from 1976 to 1981, with a revolving roster of heavenly Angels and Hollywood guest cameos.
Dynamite Comics is in a nostalgic mood this month and unleashing the classic Charlie's Angels lineup of Jill, Sabrina, and Kelly in a fresh title sure to create a steamy start to your summertime pull list. With string bikinis, polyester pantsuits, and disco-age action, this escapist resurrection of the crime-busting trio originally played by Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson, and Jaclyn Smith couldn't come at a better time.
Written by John Layman (Chew, Mars Attacks) and paired with arresting art by Joe Eisma (Faith, Big Trouble in Little China), the five-issue miniseries brings back the bell-bottomed decade with foxy, feathered-hair private eyes dressed to kill and kicking ass in an exotic escapade across the globe.
"Charlie's Angels wasn't a dark and gritty show; it was breezy fun set in an era that's inherently silly, so you better believe I'm going to embrace that wholeheartedly," Layman tells SYFY WIRE. "I also plan on doing stuff that could never have been done on the show, given the limitations of a ‘70s TV budget. Comics aren't constrained like that, so this is going to be a 'bigger budget' Charlie's Angels, seeing the Angels in exotic locations, taking on cases that are bigger and more exciting than what we ever saw in the show. And I get to work with Joe Eisma, who is a pal and somebody I've always wanted to work with.
"Thing is, Charlie’s Angels gets a bit unfairly maligned for being sexy 'jiggle TV,' though it certainly seems tame by modern standards," continues Layman. "It also had a pretty progressive message for its time… these were three woman who were underestimated either because of their gender or their looks, who would go on to prove themselves every week, every episode, as worthy, capable crimefighters, every bit as smart, tough —and often deadly— as the male TV detectives of that era.
"I’ve already written two 'period' comics set in the ‘70s/’80s, BAY CITY JIVE and SCARFACE, and both are personal favorites," he adds. "This gives me a chance to revisit the era, while tackling characters I haven’t touched before, which is something I also enjoy… doing new stuff."
Put down your Pet Rock, pop open an RC Cola, and check out SYFY WIRE's exclusive 9-page preview plus variant covers for this fun flashback title from Dynamite, then let us know if you'll be attracted to its dreamy danger when Charlie's Angels #1 drops on Wednesday, June 27.