(From left) Jamison Newlander (Alan Frog), Corey Haim (Sam Emerson) and Corey Feldman (Edgar Frog) in "The Lost Boys."
Corey Haim, best known for his part in “The Lost Boys,” died early Wednesday morning after collapsing at his mother’s home in North Hollywood. He was 38.
Haim, a comic fanboy early in life, shared that trait with his “Lost Boys” character Sam Emerson. The role also paired him for the first time with Corey Feldman, who played Edgar Frog, a teen who worked with his brother Alan in their parents’ comic book shop. “Lost Boys” marked the beginning of a lifelong collaboration between Haim and Feldman that stretched from teen-oriented ’80s comedies like “License to Drive” and “Dream a Little Dream” to the recent reality TV series “The Two Coreys.”
Fans will likely recall that Haim’s character was given a stack of vampire-themed comics (including some issues of Marvel’s “Tomb of Dracula” series) to learn the ins and outs of their California town’s bloodsucker dilemma. But that wasn’t the only crossover for Haim with the comics world.
In 2008, Haim’s “Lost Boys” character made his comics debut in “The Lost Boys: Reign of Frogs,” a four-issue comic book series published by Wildstorm. The miniseries served as a bridge between the original 1987 film and its sequel, 2008’s “Lost Boys: The Tribe.”
However, other than retaining the name, Haim’s character in the comic bore little resemblance to the real-life actor, as the publisher reportedly had issues securing the likeness rights for Haim to use in the series.
From the two Coreys’ first on-screen meeting in “The Lost Boys”...