As I am writing this, about an hour ago we all got the sad news that Adam West has passed away at the age of 88.
Now I’m only 29 years old myself, so I never got to experience the Adam West era of Batman, as most people obviously know him from. Adam West is like many older celebrities to me, he’s not someone I have much experience with, but I absolutely understand the value of what he has done for the industry and the effect he’s had on all of us because of what he did as the original Batman. Without Adam West, who knows what happens after that, is there a future for Batman in terms of film and television? Who knows, there’s so many questions that can be asked. Either way, his value to the industry is second to none, despite how downplayed his tenure as the caped crusader is.
My main experience watching Adam West has been through Family Guy through his many appearances as the mayor of Quahog. Any time I saw Adam West on screen, it was a riot, I was always smiling throughout each and every scene he was in. I’m being serious too, I’m not just saying this because it’s a posthumous piece on him, every scene the Adam West character was in, I loved it. My favourite? Oh, that’s simple:
Mayor Adam West on the phone
“Not the Griffins, you moron! The rest of my Lite Brite pieces! My name isn’t “Adam We”… or is it? Who am I? What number did you call? Don’t ever call here again!”
Hangs up phone.
“I guess I told him! Nobody messes with Adam We.”
I’d love to write a massive article on Adam West, a look back to his career and such. But I will admit I don’t know very much about the man, I’m not a historian and I’m certainly not a journalist. I could go through Wikipedia and copy/paste his history and make it sound like I know more than anyone on the man, but I won’t do that.
Instead, I’ll make this quite simple. There’s been two deaths so far that made me really sad in comparison to all the others so far this year, that being Don Rickles (90) and Bill Paxton (61). Adam West is now the third on this year’s list. His contributions to the many things I love are massive and he is a figure in various cultures that will be dearly missed.
Rest in peace, Adam. Enjoy running around with giant bombs in the afterlife.