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

Thank you for Being a (Super) Friend!

Confession time!

I have been a Golden Girls fan since I was very young. You can say whatever you want about this, but I love the show. It doesn’t feel dated in any way. Older ladies who like cheesecake, bitch about exes, and deal with realistic things in a realistic way? This show did it all, and it was funny to boot. You’d want any of these lovely ladies to be your grandma, and hope that your mother can be as delightfully salty as Dorothy when she reaches that age. Heck, I hope my mom and I can be like Dorothy and Sophia when we’re old. Sans a man like Stanley Zbornak in my life.

A few months ago, my friend Samantha (whom I want to give credit for finding this gem) shared a video on my Facebook timeline of a quite unconventional approach to The Golden Girls, complete with capes and tights.

No, this is not some sick and twisted encounter with Blanche Devereaux, it is a crossover of the Superfriends characters and The Golden Girls!

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And it is incredible. Just press play, and get lost in the epic of all of this!

Created and Uploaded (Gloriously!) by kevinbappdotcom

The re-imagining of some of DC’s Finest in Middle Age, living in Miami, is the creation of Kevin Bapp, who animated and concepted this fine piece of epic. You’ve got it all –

Batman Zbornak…

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Aquaman Nylund, who is actually from St. Olaflantis (that’s a place, you know!)…

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Superman Devereaux…

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and, of course, Robin Petrillo.

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“Picture it, the Circus!”

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I love the animation of this, it is so incredible. But there is one thing that has almost made me choke…twice.

Superman Devereaux

OH MY GOD, I can’t unsee that. And why would I want to?!

Even the Invisible Jet makes a cameo!

Invisible Jet

I could watch that all day long.

Heck, if laughing were avoidable, I’d watch THIS all day…

Superman Devereaux

Thank you, Kevin Bapp, for being a fine human being.

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So…Allison admitted to being a Golden Girls fan. What can she say, the Girls are her Homegirls, and this is the show she’s been watching the longest in her 33 years. If you like what you’ve seen here (and her made GIPHY skills), you can find her on her blog, Allison’s Written Words, where she has other gems like this just floating around. You can follow her blog on Facebook, and she’s also on Twitter @AllisonGeeksOut.

Superman Devereaux

She’d love to walk “The Superman Devereaux.”

PS: Allison wrote something else about The Golden Girls a few months ago. She’d love for you to read it, in case you missed it the first time!

Noblemania With Marc Tyler Nobleman!


Marc Tyler Nobleman was kind enough to contact us about a really amazing project he is doing on his own blog, Noblemania. He really caught my attention when he described what he had planned:

“To bridge the gap between my book Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman (2008) and my upcoming book on Batman/Bill Finger (2012), I found and interviewed 99 “lost” stars of superhero/cartoon entertainment of the ’70s and ’80s – from the pimp in Superman: The Movie to the original singer of the Scooby-Doo theme to the voice actors of the Wonder Twins.”

Obviously if are you a fan of the Retroist you’ll feel right at home visiting Marc’s spot on the web:

“I am a nostalgia junkie and an amateur historian. This series celebrates much that has instilled me with a love of story and action. It has a direct correlation with Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman and my 2012 Bill Finger/Batman book and, in fact, serves as a bridge from one to the other.

Here’s the table of contents (10 subseries):

Super Friends (various incarnations; 1973-86)
animated TV series
28 interviews (15 voice actors, 7 writers, 2 animators, 4 other production staff)

Sea World superheroes water ski show (1976-79)
live-actor sports performance
44 interviews (37 skiers, 1 high diver, 2 announcers, 4 production staff)

Superman: The Movie (1978)
theatrical film
3 interviews (all actors)

Legends of the Superheroes (1979)
live-action TV specials
5 interviews (3 actors, 1 deceased actor’s niece, 1 director/producer)

Batman and Robin Meet Dr. Danger (circa 1979)
live-action theatre performance
2 interviews (both performers)

Bugs Bunny Meets the Superheroes (1979-81)
live-action theatre performance
6 interviews (all performers)

The Plastic Man Comedy Show (1979-81; repackaged with live-action host in 1984)
live-action segment of animated TV series
2 interviews (1 actor, 1 director/producer)

Superman (Ruby-Spears, 1988)
animated TV series
1 interview (voice actor)

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! (seasons 1-2: 1969-71)
animated TV series
7 interviews (2 voice actors, 2 theme song singers, 1 music producer, 1 songwriter’s widow, 1 songwriter’s son)

Mick Smiley (“Magic,” Ghostbusters, 1984)
musician
1 interview”

Marc has really put a ton of research into this project and he has been kind enough to grant us an interview concerning his book on Bill Finger that will hit stores shelves in 2012! Make sure to grab a cup of your favorite beverage because you’ll read some just absolutely fascinating stories from the cast and crew that brought us some of our favorite Superhero animated memories as kids, not to mention getting rare behind the scenes photos like this:

Casey Kasem, Danny Dark, and Sherry Alberoni during Superfriends read through.
Photo courtesy of Sydney Croskery.