Sad news: Adam West, star of Batman who was even the Mayor of Quahog in Family Guy, has passed away. He was 88 years old and had a short battle with leukemia.
His Batman TV series in 1966, in which he played the Caped Crusader alongside Burt Ward’s Robin, was a pop culture phenomenon, and West never seemed to shy away from the role which made him famous. “Batmania” swept the globe and resuscitated the character in a way that has kept him relevant and well-known for many more decades. Deals between the production companies involved brought a recent resurgence of Batman memorabilia tied to the show now affectionately referred to as “Batman ’66.”
From a personal perspective, West was memorable as he was the first celebrity I ever met at a San Diego Comic-Con (as it was called then) back in 1994. He had a fun sense of humor reminiscent of the characters he would play on TV. He will certainly be missed as one of TV’s great icons.