A few hours ago I learned the sad news about the passing of the legendary Adam West who portrayed DC Comics “Batman” on the cult favorite television show that bore the same name. The actor’s passing was announced by his family and their message follows his photo. Mr. West was 88 years old and this news hit me hard as it was another part of my youthful development leaving this plane for the Great Beyond.
“It’s with great sadness that we are sharing this news…Adam West passed away peacefully last night after a short but brave battle with leukemia. He was a beloved father, husband, grandfather, and great-grandfather. There are no words to describe how much we’ll miss him. We know you’ll miss him too and we want you to know how much your love and support meant to him throughout the years. Hug your loved ones today. – The West Family”
West was born William West Anderson in 1928 and did numerous character roles in his early career before “Batman” was pitched and this show would run for three seasons before its cancellation in 1968. Given my vintage, I remember watching this one very, very early during my childhood and perhaps it was the third and final season and then it would be in reruns for the years going forward. It was safe to say that for a number of youthful years I wanted to grow up to be Batman and I am sure a lot of you felt the same way. The girls might be saying Batgirl but you get my drift. It’s without question I was a fan and that brings me to this next image. Way back when in the early 70’s I guess it would have been, my Mom took me to an auto show and West was appearing in the full Batman costume. We waited on the line and you would be able to meet him and shake his hand and he even had photos to sign for you to take home. When I got to my turn on the line he looked down at me through the famous cowl and said “Hello Young Citizen” and I was frozen and meekly replied “Hello Batman”. I still remember that event and sadly I would never meet West again at any future conventions despite keeping his most famous role very close to my heart. For years I had lost track of the photo but discovered it in a long forgotten box where is was slightly bent, hence the crease. It wasn’t on the autograph so who cares. Its in a good protection now for posterity and among one of my favorite possessions.
There’s too much about the career of the late great Adam West to line out here so you can read that on his official Wiki entry. For most people he was our Batman and our favorite Batman for many, many years. Thank you for entertaining us week after week and making heroism something that would stick with us for our lives. The classic series was released on Blu-ray a couple of years ago and its a recommendation. I purchased the special edition set which was pricier but came with trading cards, a box that played the classic “Batman” theme and a small Batmobile. Who doesn’t want a small Batmobile. Rest In Peace Mr. West, we shall never forget you. To the Batcave……..
Official Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_West