Good afternoon Gothamites and I hope you’re all having a terrific Tuesday! Today (September 19), History of the Batman wants to wish the late Adam West bat-tastic birthday! West, who would have turned 89 today, was Bruce Wayne / Batman in the 1966 television series Batman (art by Alto: alt0.deviantart.com). Producer William Dozier cast West as Bruce Wayne and his alter ego, Batman in part after seeing West perform as the James Bond-like spy Captain Q in a Nestlé Quik television ad. The series took the tradition of Batman into uncharted territory, oftentimes mocking the character’s heritage with trite dialogue and overly campy plot devices. The show was noteworthy for its memorable use of onomatopoeia during climactic fight scenes. Despite the clumsy nature of the series however, the show proved popular to many fans, and transformed Adam and Burt into modern pop culture icons. West stayed in the cape and cowl for many years after the live action show’s cancellation by provided the voice for Batman on the New Adventures of Batman animated series. He reprised his live action Batman role in two 1979 NBC television variety shows entitled Legends of the Superheroes and Roast of the Superheroes. He also provided the voices for Simon Trent, the Gray Ghost, in Batman: The Animated Series, Mayor Marion Grange in The Batman, and Thomas Wayne and Proto in Batman: The Brave and the Bold. West returned to the Batman role in “Return of the Caped Crusaders” and in next month’s “Batman vs Two-Face”, his last Bat project. On June 9, 2017, Adam West passed away leaving fans around the world to mourn the loss of our Bright Knight. He is considered a legend and fit perfectly within the POP Art era of the time, and inevitably made Batman a pop icon outside of his comics. West has contributed to the Batman mythos tremendously, and he should be respected. Let us all wish Mr. West a happy birthday and remember his place within History of The Batman. ✌???????