Just when I think I’ve somehow gotten used to writing these “In Memory of” articles, Heaven summons away one of the very best. Yes, Saturday morning I was completely stunned to learn that Adam West had passed away the night before following a short battle with leukemia. I think most of us are in agreement that for us, Adam West was “our” Batman. Though his run as the Caped Crusader only lasted for a few years in the 1960s, it has never been forgotten, and it has always held a special place in my heart.
Adam West was literally the first Batman I ever knew (I wasn’t allowed to watch Michael Keaton Batman until I was MUCH older, and I hadn’t seen Batman: TAS yet) and I was enraptured from the start. Seeing the adventures of Batman and Robin as they fought Catwoman, The Joker, Penguin (Burgess Meredith’s interpretation of the character is my favorite), Egghead, King Tut (an underrated villain, I loved him!) and more, was an awesome part of my childhood.
While he remained known as Batman for the rest of his life, Adam West also did voice over work in The Fairly OddParents, The Simpsons and Family Guy, and in my favorite example, played a fictional version of himself in Batman: The Animated Series (he played an actor who used to play “The Grey Ghost”, revealed to be part of Bruce Wayne’s inspiration to become Batman following the death of his parents).
The world is a much darker place now that Adam West is no longer in it. Rest in peace, we miss you so much.