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Matt Reed
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Posted: 10 June 2017 at 9:34am | IP Logged | 1  

We all knew this day was coming, but it's sad nonetheless.  Another part of our collective childhood is gone.

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Bill Collins
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R.I.P.
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Steven Myers
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First Superhero show I remember. Made me a fan. And he always had a great attitude towards fans.
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My Adam West story: I was at my first San Diego Con, and he was a fellow guest. On the first day I was introduced to him in a group of about twenty people. Next morning, I saw him crossing the plaza, and I walked over to get myself a more personal introduction. "Good morning, Mr. West," I said.

"Good morning, John," was his reply.

I thought This guy's good!

His "Batman" was my methadone, when I was quitting comics in my teens. For that, he will always hold a soft spot in my heart.

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RIP Mr. West.
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Marc Baptiste
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JB said it best: a total "soft spot in the heart" - RIP.

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Bob Simko
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Sad news...I did a double take when I saw it this morning. Seemed to be a
genuinely nice guy. If it wasn't for him as Batman, I probably would never have
picked up a comic book...he definitely got the whole ball rolling for me.
Condolences to his family.
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Anthony J Lombardi
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A sad day indeed. Rest in Peace Batman.
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Bill Mimbu
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Another part of my childhood passes into history.

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Noah Smith
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I saw him speak at a convention when I was a kid. He was telling stories and jokes he must've told 1000 times before. Still made them fresh and funny. Seemed like a guy who was pretty happy being who he was. 

For all the silliness, West's Batman was 
• a detective 
• confident in his mission
• happy to be Batman
• a skilled hand-to-hand combatant (the choreography was ridiculous, but within the reality of the show, we were led to believe he was a good fighter)

These are key elements of Batman and no other live action version has gotten them all right. Most haven't gotten any of them. 

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Joe Hollon
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Still my favorite Batman.
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Charles Valderrama
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Saw this on Twitter earlier, and it brought sadness to my heart. He was THE original, THE Batman. He truly embraced the legacy it brought with it. Was just watching the documentary 'Starring Adam West' last week... he was a true legend, icon & gentleman. 

RIP Mr. West... you provided for a lot of escapism… condolences to his family and friends.

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If it wasn't for him as Batman, I probably would never have 
picked up a comic book...he definitely got the whole ball rolling for me. 

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This was one of my few reasons why I love comic books.

He will be missed. 

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Shaun Barry
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This one's a heart-breaker... since George Reeves died in 1959, you could argue that Adam West and Burt Ward have been the live-action superhero Godfathers since 1966, and they never gave up carrying the torch.

Saw him only once at 1988 convention in Boston, and he was a huge hit,  He was well-loved and admired, with a fantastic sense of humor about himself.

He'll be sorely, sorely missed.

RIP





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Greg Kirkman
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Iconic. Foundational part of my childhood. The downside to typecasting is that he had a lot of lean years and had to struggle to find work, after BATMAN. The upside is that he'll be remembered forever.

Tongue-in-cheek tone aside, his Batman still embodied the noblest and most heroic aspects of the character, and represented a perfect heroic ideal for kids. And he still does, dagnabbit.



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Drew Hart
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The 1st celebrity I ever met. R.I.P. old chum...
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Stephen Churay
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Growing up, Adam West was my Batman. Not only was my
exposure to the charater reruns of the tv show, buy on
Saturday mornings as well. West was the voice of Batman in
both the late 70's Filmation series and the final
iteration of the Super Friends, The Super Power Team.

For many years, the '66 show was thought of as a joke.
But, in the last few years the show has come back around
to being respected as a comedy. I'm glad West was around
to get that victory lap.

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Brian Miller
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BATMAN was my everything when I was a kid (before Star Wars). Made me a lifelong fan of both the character and the man. 

RIP


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Matthew Chartrand
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Michael Roberts
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One of the earliest memories I can date pretty accurately was watching the Batman film at the Savoy cinema in Llandudno (where my Dad worked as a projectionist) when I was three years old. The shark scene was permanently lodged in my brain.

RIP Mr West.
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Enjoyed his work and he seemed like a well-adjusted guy, particularly given the significant twists and turns of his long career.   RIP
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R.I.P. Mr. West.  Your where the Batman as a kid. 
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Brian Rhodes
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Live action comic superheroes were comparatively few and far between in the previous century. George Reeves, Christopher Reeve, Lynda Carter, Lou Ferrigno...all became iconic not only for looking and acting the parts, but also, I think, for the dearth of examples.

And then there was Adam West. My first hero. The guy who made me love Batman, superheroes, and, by extension, comics.

This sucks.




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Michael Arndt
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The first time I saw Mr. West as Batman was when my dad let my brother and I stay up late to catch the BATMAN movie on tv. He usually didn't let us stay up that late but after much pleading he allowed it. He even watched it with us.

My first Batman.

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