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Adam West: 1928-2017

Adam West: 1928-2017

        Adam West, the classically handsome actor who turned a comic-book superhero into live-action Pop Art in the 1960s television series "Batman," died on Friday in Los Angeles. He was 88.

March 1966. "Actor Adam West on the set of the movie Batman and making public appearances." Photo by Richard Hewett for Look magazine. View full size.

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My first crush

Adam West was my fist celebrity crush. He was my ideal man, brave handsome, and fun. I even learned the Batusi on the off chance we met at a party.

Best of the Batmen

Archfan's comment is one I agree with. Adam West and George Reeves nailed it, in my opinion, and I have a tough time sitting through the modern Batman or Superman movies. Today's comics don't appeal to me at all.

I've worked in the comic-book industry and I can't see the attraction of the angst-filled, dark-and-gloomy superheroes so popular today. Much preferred, by me, are the happy, colorful, plot-filled, shorter-storied comics of pre-1970.

Give me a Bill Finger/Dick Sprang/Jack Schiff Batman or a Jerry Siegel/Wayne Boring/Mort Weisinger Superman any day. The World's Finest Comics, when Superman, Batman, and Robin were pals, were so wonderful to find on the spinner racks on a summer afternoon. And the CC Beck/Otto Binder/Will Lieberson Captain Marvel? You bet! Jimmy Olsen turning into a 60-foot-high turtle man? That's the stuff.

RIP Batman

I always preferred Mr. West's Batman to the more recent dark, broody batmen.

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