Sunday, June 11, 2017

Na Na Na Na . . .

. . . BATMAN!

Sometimes you just can't get rid of a bomb! - Adam West

The Batman of campy TV . . . 

Lou Ferrigno as the Hulk

along with the Incredible Hulk of campy TV . . .

were not approved for viewing at my house . . .

Adam West and Yvonne Craig

which naturally led to an enormous effort to view the TV reruns. 

Batman ran on ABC from 1966 to 1968.

Hugh Hefner, a comic book fan, hosted parties with a superhero theme. An ABC executive suggested the series after attended a Batman Playboy party.

Adam West Batman by thesadpencil on deviantART 

Adam West starred as in a Nestle Quik commercial where he played a James Bond type character. The producers asked West to audition. 

 I read the pilot script, had a conversation, and they just immediately cast me. It was wonderful, after all those rejections.

Originally planned to be serious series, Batman received the lowest test score ratings from test audiences in the history of the ABC network.  

Hand me down the shark repellent Bat-Spray! - Adam West

The "campy" approach was eventually decided upon instead. 

Is that an elephant in your pocket?

Like all super hero shows, the TV censors demanded there be no "bulge in the crotch."  Costume design attempted to comply. 

Adam West created the Batusi while sitting in traffic.

Hi Diddle Riddle, the first Batman episode, involved a spiked drink, an elaborate restraining device, and demand for exploitive dancing.   

Adam West and Burt Ward, 2002

In 2003, Adam West and Burt Ward (Robin) stared in a made for television comedy, Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt.

West was considered to play Thomas Wayne, Bruce Wayne's father, in Tim Burton's Batman.

The original Ambiguously Gay Duo

Fredric Wertham, a psychiatrist, demanded comic book regulation to prevent improper development of children. He was particularly disturbed by the "romantic" nature of Batman and Robin's relationship.

Holy Musical B@man!

To avoid government censorship, the Comics Magazine Association of America agreed to self- regulate. Starting in 1954, the Comics Code Authority (CCA) screened proposed comics. By the early 2000s, publishers bypassed the CCA.

If you hang around long enough, they think you're good.
It's either my tenacity or my stupidity, I'm not sure which.
- Adam West

Adam at 88 passed away but not before making some fantastic meme material.

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