Adam West

Rest In Peace: Adam West (1928 – 2017)

It very much hurts my heart to write that Adam West passed away yesterday. I was stunned this morning when I saw the various news feeds were sharing this information. I had to stop and collect myself for a few moments. As I find it hard to imagine that Adam West, the man who was the epitome of Batman in my younger years is gone.
Adam West

Born William West Anderson in Walla Walla, Washington back in 1928. Adam West got his start as an television actor as a co-host for the The Kini Popo Show. A children’s program that aired in Hawaii.

Image courtesy of Neatorama.

It was in 1959 when William moved to Hollwood with his Wife and two children that he changed his name. Picking Adam West as he once said because of how it looked and sounded with his middle name. West would appear in supporting character roles in film as well as television for about 7 years. I would say his most notable roles included his 30 episode run on 1961’s The Detectives. Furthermore he also had a memorable performance in the 1964 science fiction film, Robinson Crusoe on Mars.
Adam West - Robinson Crusoe on Mars

In fact at the same time he was appearing in the likes of Colt .45, Maverick, and Bonanza. Adam West was also busy working in various commercials.

[Via] Shock Cinema Magazine

Including the one that would secure him the lead for the Batman TV series. That was of course as the suave Captain Q for Nestle Quik!

[Via] Jon Ganahl

It was certainly that commercial that caught Batman producer William Dozier’s attention. However there was one actor considered besides Adam West to play the part of Bruce Wayne and Gotham’s protector. That was future Wonder Woman co-star Lyle Waggoner!

[Via] Just Wondering 50

While I personally think that Waggoner would have been fine as the lead. I cannot on the other hand imagine it being as fun as what Adam West brought to the role. Having said that I think we need to share this bit of information…Adam West had to stand his ground with William Dozier on how to play the character!

[Via] PBS

While of course the popularity of the Batman TV series catapulted all the stars of the show into fame. The truth of the matter is that for West, Burt Ward, as well as Yvonne Craig – they were now typecast. Adam West and Ward managed to make appearances in character as a way to make ends meet after the show. In addition, Adam still continued to do guest roles in popular TV shows of the time like Night Gallery, Mannix, and The Love Boat to name a few.

I am sure that Adam West couldn’t help but feel a little resentment however small towards Batman. However that didn’t stop him from lending his memorable voice to the role in numerous animated series. Such as The New Adventures of Batman, SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show. As well as The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians!

[Via] Hewey 1972

All in all West amassed 193 acting credits. Including playing a fictionalized version of himself in Seth MacFarlane’s long running Family Guy. In addition to lending his voice alongside Burt Ward as Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy in SpongeBob SquarePants.
Adam West - Mermaid Man

In fact, just last year West alongside Ward and Julie Newmar appeared in the animated Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders. An exceptional love letter to fans of the legacy of the Batman ’66. In addition it was also announced last year that the three would team up once again. This time for the upcoming Batman vs. Two-Face. Moreover the actor portraying the character that couldn’t appear on Batman ’66 is William Shatner!
Adam West - William Shatner

[Via] DC Entertainment

I am of course very sad that Adam West has passed on. My own sadness is relieved a little however thanks to the many hours of entertainment he has left us as his legacy. Now I plan on going back down into the Retroist Vault and pay tribute to West. By watching what is essentially a tribute episode to the actor on the 1992 episode of Batman: The Animated Series

Adam West as the Gray Ghost!

[Via] Tim Geraci

Family Guy gets the Tron Treatment

It seems everyone is getting some Tron treatment lately and if they do not get it officially, all you need to do is point your browser to deviantArt to find dozens of willing artists taking a shot at it. My favorite this week is Tron, Family Guy Edition by ropa-to. Looking at it makes me hope that now that they have finished their original trilogy Star Wars spoofs that they will turn their attention to a Tron spoof.

Family Guy Tron by ropa to

[via] Family Guy on the Grid [@] Neatorama

Family Guys’ It’s A Trap! Premiere Party

On Tuesday, I attended the premier party for Family Guy’s spoof of Return of the Jedi entitled “It’s a Trap!”. Although I live in Los Angeles, I’m not very familiar with the Hollywood scene – so while the party seemed extravagant to me, I have little to compare it to. But, I can report that if you’re an enthusiast of Family Guy and/or Star Wars, you’ll find a lot to love in the upcoming DVD release of “It’s a Trap!”

Like the other Family Guy versions of Star Wars, this one runs about an hour. What sets this show apart, though, is the animation. I found the previous ones very visually impressive. But, with their transition to high definition widescreen, “It’s a Trap!” sets an entirely new standard. The attention to detail is simply amazing. The exterior shots of the ships were just astounding. And, the emperor’s throne room looked exactly as in the movie. If it weren’t for the cartoon characters running around, you may think that you’re looking at a photographed background in some scenes. If you’re considering purchasing the show, this would be a good one to opt for the Blu-Ray version.

Now, at the event, they ran the show a couple of times on a big screen, but the volume was inaudible. So, I can’t comment on any of the verbal humor. The visual humor was exactly in line with what you’d expect from a Family Guy take on the material. If you’re a Family Guy fan, I think you’ll find a lot to like here. If you’re not, then this episode may not convert you.

In any event, much like the Robot Chicken spoofs, you can tell the material was handled by people who truly love the films. They simply wouldn’t have invested this amount of effort to replicate the Star Wars experience if they weren’t fans of the material too. I, for one, really enjoyed what I was able to see. I’m looking forward to picking up a copy and spending the holidays with Peter, Stewie, Lois and Chewbacca.

“It’s a Trap!” releases on Blu-Ray and DVD on December 21st.

I Wanted that Alpha Bits’ Robot!

I wanted a robot so bad when I was younger. Since their was very little chance of one showing up at my family home unexpected I took to entering contests and building simple ones from scrounged motors and cardboard boxes. When I wrapped them in tinfoil and the light was just right and you squinted they were glorious to behold. Right up to the moment they tapped gently into a wall and fell completely to pieces.

I think I can trace my robot mania to a two sources outside of Star Wars:

Roboz from Riptide:
roboz

and of course the Robot from Rocky IV…Happy Birthday Paulie