Saturday, 10 June 2017

ADAM WEST PASSES AWAY...



Alas, ADAM WEST, TV's BATMAN has passed
away from leukaemia.  It's been a bad month for child-
hood heroes dying, but they'll live on in our hearts and
memories.  Our condolences go to Mr. West's family,
friends and fans - and, of course, to ROBIN.

20 comments:

Jim from Downingtown said...

Farewell, old chum!

Now who will make sure Dick Grayson attends to his studies?

Kid said...

It's okay JfD, he graduated a good few years back.

First Bond, now Batman. I dread to think who's next. Why can't the good guys live forever?

Phil S said...

What can we say? His Batman cast a shadow for over fifty years. If you ask a man on the street to hum the Batman theme it'll be his tune. That's how influential his performance was.

Kid said...

Adam (or William West Anderson to give him his real name) and the show were part of the '60s and my childhood, so both him and it will be fondly remembered by me, PS.

Colin Jones said...

Adam West was also the voice of the mayor on Family Guy so he was a part of modern TV too.

Kid said...

He did a lot of voice work in quite a few TV cartoon shows, TC, often either as himself or a parody of himself.

Colin Jones said...

Kid, I'm CJ not TC. Yes, the mayor in Family Guy was a parody of Adam West (he was called Mayor West).

Kid said...

I was just checking to see if you were paying attention, CJ.

TC said...

His self-parody voice work included episodes of The Fairly Odd Parents and Kim Possible. In each, he played a retired actor who believed himself to be the superhero that he had once played in a TV series. ("Catman" in the former, "The Fearless Ferret" in the latter.)

A 2010 episode of Cartoon Network's Batman: the Brave & the Bold had a flashback sequence retelling the hero's origin, and West and Julie Newmar played Bruce Wayne's parents.

Kid said...

And, of course, he, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar reprised their roles for a recent Batman cartoon.

Paul McScotty Muir said...

Awww that's a shame a genuine pop culture icon. I always liked seeing him appear in TV shows like The "Big Bang Theory" and when he voiced all those cartoon characters most parodying himself (Simpsons etc) with good humour. My favourite was when he voiced the "Grey Ghost" Bruce Waynes childhood hero, in an episode of the fantastic "Batman animated series"

Kid said...

Yeah, another childhood legend gone, PM. There's not too many left for guys our age. He seemed to have a second career playing himself (or various versions thereof) in the latter part of his career. I'd actually have liked to see him do the 1989 Batman movie. He was only about 60, and as it was mostly body doubles in the costume, I think he'd have got away with it if they'd pitched it as an older Batman. He lobbied for the part, but was only offered a cameo as Bruce Wayne's father.

Paul McScotty Muir said...

Yeah so many childhood legends from film, tv , comics, pop and sport have gone and it seems like someone "leaves" us every week now. Like most folk I keep forgetting they are getting older as they are firmly fixed in my consciousness as being eternally young . I was at the shops getting mild and the "Sunday Mail" banner read "Batman Dead!" I think Mr West would have liked that :)

Kid said...

I'm not so sure he would have liked the 'dead' part, but the 'Batman' description would certainly have appealed to him.

John Pitt said...

I heard this on the radio yesterday ( I wasn't online yesterday ) and immediately I just KNEW that you would do a piece about it, Kidda!
My brother and I used to just LOVE watching it on the telly in '66! 'Twas my next favourite after Doctor Who and it was just like seeing my comic books brought to life! - SOCK! POW! We would watch the first episode at our Granny's on a Saturday and it always ended on a cliff hanger, so we would eagerly tune in the next day in our own house, "SAME BAT TIME, SAME BAT CHANNEL", to see Batman pull something out of his utility belt to get out of the predicament with!
And the show made me buy more Batman comics! And then the movie came out and I rushed to the cinema to see that upon release!
And, as a kid, I never noticed ANY of the silliness, - it was all exciting adventure to us!
Great times to be young!
In recent years, the comics have killed of Bruce Wayne and made Dick Grayson the new Batman, but now Batman is REALLY dead!
Somewhere in a room, I can see the TV Joker, Penguin, Riddler and Catwoman dancing around, laughing!
Well, I'm not laughing!

Kid said...

Well, the TV Joker, Penguin and Riddler are also dead, JP, but even if they weren't, I think they'd be shedding a discrete tear. (Not in front of one another obviously. Can't be seen to be soft when you're a villain.) Actually, if not for the TV show, the comic would probably have been cancelled, so Batman fans owe Adam West a lot, whether they realise it or not.

Mike said...

So long Adam, and thanks. I was there, same Bat Time and Same Bat Channel.

Kid said...

So was I. In fact, I was the Batman of my neighbourhood. See my post 'When Batman Wore Wellington Boots'.

Mike said...

That was a good article. Have to guess what the heck Wellington boots are. Never did do the batman costume as I was 15 then but did wear turtleneck sweaters like Ilia K. in the Man from Uncle.

Kid said...

Wellingtons are kind of like galoshes, except they're worn on their own, not over shoes. I'd run around in a Batman costume today if I thought I could get away with it.

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