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Dynamite Confirms Creative Team for Charlie’s Angels Comics Series

Dynamite Confirms Creative Team for Charlie’s Angels Comics Series

Dynamite Entertainment has announced a creative team for its Charlie’s Angels comic book series, based on the classic television show. The series will be written by John Layman, co-creator of Chew, and illustrated by Joe Eisma, artist on Faith and co-creator of Morning Glories.

The new comic book series will feature the original members of Charlie’s Angels, Kelly, Jill and Sabrina in an adventure that spans the globe. The first issue will feature a number of cover variants, including one by David Finch and Jimmy Reyes, plus two from Eisma himself. Dynamite first announced plans for a Charlie’s Angels comic book series last October at New York Comic Con.

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Charlie’s Angels #1 cover by Joe Eisma

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 said in Dynamite’s press release. “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.”

Editor Matt Idelson added, “I remember the Charlie’s Angels classic TV series for two things: the fun goofiness that I was aware of, even at the age of six, and the fact that unlike most of the shows on TV at the time, the leads were all women. Getting to go back in time and revisit a show that, in a lot of ways, was ahead of the curve, yet had that flavor that all the shows then did, is a blast. Getting to work with John, who I’ve been pestering for years, is awesome. And getting to work with Joe, who I’ve learned is as nice a guy as his work is awesome, has already been a joy. The fun we’re having on this book is going to be infectious for the reader, I think.”

The show was created by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts with Aaron Spelling as executive producer for its 1976 to 1981 run, which included more than 100 episodes and starred Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett and Jaclyn Smith. The show was widely syndicated and also inspired a movie series spinoff, with two features in 2000 and 2003, plus a short-lived TV reboot in 2011.

Dynamite’s Charlie’s Angels is scheduled to debut in June in comic shops and digital platforms.

Charlie’s Angels #1 cover by Joe Eisma

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Batman ’66 to Meet Archie Andrews in New Crossover

Batman ’66 to Meet Archie Andrews in New Crossover

Gotham’s (not so) Dark Knight will be meeting Archie Andrews and friends in Archie Meets Batman ’66 #1.

Written by Jeff Parker & Michael Moreci and illustrated by Dan Parent, the miniseries will feature Archie encountering the cowled version of Bruce Wayne portrayed by Adam West in the 1960s television show. Robin, played by Burt Ward will also make an appearance. Fans will be able to pick up several variant covers from Francesco Francavilla, Derek Charm, Sandy Jarrell (Kelly Fitzpatrick on colors), Dan Parent (Tito Pena coloring, J. Bones as inker), and Ty. Templeton.

“Jeff Parker has a wonderful history with Batman ’66 and is a writer I’ve wanted to work with since I got to Archie, and pairing him with Michael Moreci, someone who has a great track record and the right sensibility for this book, made a lot of sense,” Archie Comics co-president Alex Segura told SYFY WIRE. “On the art side, there’s no one else we’d rather see drawing this than Dan Parent — who’s a superstar artist and an Archie legend. Watching his work with finisher J. Bone come in has been a highlight for everyone. This is going to be a memorable book.”

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Batman and Robin aren’t the first superhero (or villains) to make appearances in the Archie Comics universe, of course. Archie once met the Punisher, and Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy recently crossed over with Betty and Veronica.

“Look, we all want to know what Jughead and The Joker make of each other, and we want to see the romance dynamics of Riverdale High thrown completely out of gear by bringing in Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon. And will Pop Tate get ahead of this and start selling Bat Burgers,” Parker said. “It’s very cool to work with a heavy hitting team of top talent. Michael and I synched up immediately with plotting, and Dan and J. Bone are the exact right cartoonists to make a mash-up like this really work. We are all wearing matching R letterman jackets while working on this, by the way.”

Archie Meets Batman ’66 #1 will hits stands and digital on July 18.

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Marvel Signs Chip Zdarsky to Exclusive Agreement

Marvel Signs Chip Zdarsky to Exclusive Agreement

Chip Zdarsky, writer of Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man and Marvel Two-in-One, has signed an exclusive agreement with Marvel Comics.

Known for his collaboration with Matt Fraction on Sex Criminals, and for such work as Prison Funnies and Archie Comics’ Jughead, Zdarsky made his Marvel series debut in 2016 with Howard the Duck, with artist Joe Quinones. His credits for the publisher also include Star-Lord, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Civil War II: Choosing Sides and Not Brand Ecch. Zdarsky and artist Adam Kubert launched Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man last year.

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“I’m thrilled to be with Marvel,” Zdarsky said in a statement. “This deal means I get to do whatever I want with whatever characters I want and nobody can stop me, which is great. I feel reinvigorated, like someone slapped a new #1 on me and, honestly? I couldn’t be happier.”

The news of Zdarsky’s exclusive agreement is accompanied by announcement that the writer will partner in June with artist Mike Allred for Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #1 and with artist Declan Shalvey for Marvel Two-in-One Annual #1. The covers for those two issues can be seen below.

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #1

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #1, by Mike Allred

Marvel Two-in-One Annual #1

Marvel Two-in-One Annual #1, by Chip Zdarsky

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Pepe the Frog Artist Suing InfoWars for Copyright Infringement

Pepe the Frog Artist Suing InfoWars for Copyright Infringement

Pepe the Frog creator Matt Furie is taking steps to reclaim his creation. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Furie — who created Pepe as a “peaceful frog-dude” — has filed a copyright lawsuit against InfoWars in California federal court.

Before becoming a wide-spread meme, Pepe the Frog was originally envisioned as a laid-back amphibian that says, “Feels good, man.” However, as the complaint states, “beginning in 2015, various fringe groups connected with the alt-right attempted to co-opt Pepe by mixing images of Pepe with images of hate, including white supremacist language and symbols, Nazi symbols, and other offensive imagery.”

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Furie’s previous efforts to extricate Pepe the Frog from the alt-right and other extremist groups have included working with the Anti-Defamation League on a #SavePepe campaign, but these efforts have not yielded success.

The lawsuit specifically cites a poster that pictures Pepe in the company of President Donald Trump, InfoWars founder Alex Jones, Ann Coulter, Roger Stone, Matt Drudge and Milo Yiannopoulous (among others) and the text “MAGA,” which refers to Trump’s presidential campaign slogan. Furie claims that InfoWars is selling this poster in its online store, though he did not authorize such use of the character.

The complaint can be read here in its entirety.

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Deadpool Joins Marvel’s Fresh Start Relaunch With New #1

Deadpool Joins Marvel’s Fresh Start Relaunch With New #1

The Merc With a Mouth joins Marvel Comics’ rapidly expanding “Fresh Start” initiative in June with a new Deadpool #1, written by Skottie Young (Rocket Raccoon) and illustrated by Nic Klein (Drifter).

Of course Young is no stranger to Wade Wilson, having provided the covers for Marvel’s Cable & Deadpool #35-50. But here he’ll be shifting to writing for an approach he described as “fast-paced, big and humorous.”

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“I like to write stories that move fast and keep you on the ride,” he told Polygon, which announced the relaunched Deadpool. “And I like to try and make you laugh while someone his getting their arm broken or head exploded. hahaha. Similar to my run on Rocket, I like doing shorter stories and have threads that weave in and out.”

Deadpool #1 by Nic Klein

Deadpool #1 by Nic Klein

Skottie Young and Nic Klein bring you the craziest tales of the regeneratin’ degenerate yet! It’s been a while since Deadpool’s had to merc to make ends meet, but things are tough all over. WhileDeadpool tries to get his humble mercenary-for-hire business back off the ground, a catastrophic threat so unfathomably huge, so mind-breakingly cataclysmic it defies description, is heading towards Earth, and there’s only ONE PERSON WHO CAN STOP IT!!!

Oh no, wait, it’s…it’s not Wade, is it?

Oh, ☠☠☠☠. It’s Wade.

Deadpool #1, by Skottie Young and Nic Klein, arrives in June from Marvel Comics.

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Neil Gaiman’s Likely Stories Anthology Heading to Comics This August

Neil Gaiman’s Likely Stories Anthology Heading to Comics This August

Dark Horse Comics has announced a new graphic novel anthology from Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham titled Likely Stories. The announcement follows on the heels of the reveal that DC Comics will launch a Sandman Universe line as part of its Vertigo imprint, based on the seminal series and overseen by Gaiman.

Buckingham is known for having collaborated with Gaiman on the critically acclaimed Miracleman. Aside from his work with Gaiman, Buckingham is known for Hellblazer, Batman: Shadow of the Bat and Doctor Strange. In this anthology, Buckingham will be adapting four prose stories by Gaiman: “Looking for the Girl,” “Foreign Parts,” “Closing Time” and “Feeders and Eaters,” all of which were adapted for television by Sky TV in 2016 for an anthology series called Neil Gaiman’s Likely Stories.

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Buckingham said in a statement that the project was “an irresistible challenge,” and that the comic collection will also bring new material to the anthology.

“This will be quite a different experience to people’s previous encounters with these tales,” Buckingham said. “I knew I wanted this to read as a cohesive whole, rather than a set of short stories, so I have woven them together, into a single narrative, linking them all to the Diogenes late-night drinking club that plays such an important role in the ‘Closing Time’ story.”

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Likely Stories will be released Aug. 29 in comic book stores and Sept. 11 in bookstores.

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