R.I.P. Corey Haim: Comic Book Collector… And Character?

As the death of actor Corey Haim circulates around the online world today, it’s worth noting that “The Lost Boys” star had some connection to the comics world as both a comic book collector and at one point, a character himself.

In fact, it was no coincidence that Sam Emerson, Haim’s character in the 1987 vampire film, first encountered the Frog brothers, played by Corey Feldman (who he would go on to co-star with in various other films) and Jamison Newlander, in a boardwalk comic book shop. Prior to kicking off his film career, Haim was an avid comic book collector (as was Feldman), so the setting for their first meeting in the film was a natural, given their interests.

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.