This strikes me as odd: Vincent Price, the late, great horror movie star who died back in the ’90s, is about to become the subject of a series of comic books. The series, titled “Vincent Price Presents,” will feature the actor “in a myriad of roles including host, muse, background player, and protagonist,” according to the official press release.
The series, from Blue Water Productions, is being written by Chad Helder, who has a nice blog called Unspeakable Horror. The first issue is scheduled to debut in October, naturally, to coincide with Halloween.
Read the press release below the fold.
Bluewater Productions, Inc., has entered into an agreement with the estate of film icon Vincent Price to produce a new monthly comic book series titled, “Vincent Price Presents.” The series will feature the iconic Price in a myriad of roles including host, muse, background player, and protagonist.
The on-going series will showcase classic gothic horror elements, but will also include themes from Prices’s past work in the mystery and suspense genres.
Price’s daughter, designer Victoria Price, was instrumental in brokering the historic deal. This is the first time her father’s name and likeness will appear in a licensed comic book series.
Victoria Price explains the motivation behind the collaboration: “I’m really touched and excited about the series because it will help energize my father’s legacy for a new generation. We’re planning a big celebration for his 100th birthday in 2010, and this comic series fits into those plans perfectly.”
Bluewater is predominately known for the “Ray Harryhausen Presents” titles based on the Sinbad franchise, and the “10th MUSE” series of comic books and graphic novels. It has recently added the horror genre to its repertoire.
“After the success with the Ray Harryhausen comics, we wanted to work with another film legend. Vincent Price was always at the top of everyone’s short list,” said Bluewater President Darren Davis. “We find his body of work and presence on film to be really inspirational, so we wanted to recreate his legacy for a new generation of comic book readers. Not only are we developing sequels to his specific films, we are also developing gothic horror stories in the spirit of his legacy.”
The “Vincent Price Presents” series will launch this fall in conjunction with another new horror series from Bluewater. “Bartholomew of the Scissors” will feature gothic horror elements with innovative twists. Similar to the “Vince Prince Presents” series, the primary focus is on good storytelling technique as opposed to gratuitous gore. Writer Chad Helder and artist Daniel Crosier have given the series a unique voice and a distinctive organic look.
The first issues of “Vincent Price Presents” and “Bartholomew of the Scissors” will be released in October to coincide with Halloween festivities.
About Vincent Price:
American horror actor, Vincent Price, was born in Missouri in 1911, and, after graduating from Yale, studied fine arts in London.
Making his stage debut in ‘Chicago’ at the Gate Theater, in 1935, he worked on Broadway, and with Orson Welles’ legendary Mercury Theater.
He debuted on the screen with ‘Service de Luxe’ in 1938, as part of a Universal contract, under which he was offered only supporting roles. Leaving for Twentieth Century Fox, Price starred in ‘Brigham Young Frontiersman’ and ‘Hudson Bay’.
After returning to Broadway with ‘Angel Street’, Price co-starred in ‘The Song of Bernadette’ in 1943. Happy to be typecast as a villain, he began making his name in such work as ‘Wilson and Laura’ (1944) and ‘Leave Her To Heaven’ (1946), before finally starring in ‘Shock!’, and ‘Dragonwick’ (1947).
More stage work followed his departure from Fox in the early fifties, with performances in ‘The Cocktail Party’ and ‘Don Juan in Hell’.
In 1953, Price starred in the 3-D ‘The House of Wax’, which became one of the most successful horror films ever produced. This was followed by the equally 3-D ‘Dangerous Mission’.
Triumphant in a return to the stage with ‘Richard III’, Price was now, essentially, a horror film star. Hits such as 1958’s ‘The Fly’ led to his involvement with producer Roger Corman, for whom Price performed in many Edgar Allan Poe adaptations, such as ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ (1960) and ‘The Raven’ (1963).
Notable appearances over the years included the teen movie ‘Beach Party’ (1963) and the Elvis film, ‘The Trouble With Girls’ (1969).
In the 1970s Price devoted himself mainly to art history, lecturing and publishing books on art history. He re-appeared for a last role in Tim Burton’s ‘Edward Scissorhands’ in 1990, and died in Los Angeles three years later.