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Batman, Books, and Children: The POP art power behind flying onomatopoeias and the smooth ride of the Batmobile in the 1966 television series 'Batman' were just a few of the now memorable moments in the twice a week primetime program. But the stars of the show, Adam West and Burt Ward, playing Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder had fans returning the same bat-time, same bat-channel each week. 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 NestlΓ© 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 idea of this adaptation of the DC Comics mythos was to entertain adults with a funny parody of the heroes and villains simultaneously proving fun action adventures for children of all ages. West became the perfect candidate to deliver both sides of the show to its audience with his Shakespearian-esque deliveries of lines all while keeping the episodes lighthearted and full of moral messages for the youths. Alongside the suave millionaire Bruce Wayne was his young ward Dick Grayson, portrayed by Burt Ward, who was secretly his sidekick in crime fighting, Robin the Boy Wonder. Creating his own iconic 'Holy!' catchphrases with every new episode, Ward's enthusiastic persona permeated naturally into the optimistically loyal character of Dick Grayson. Together, Bruce and Dick's friendly and heroic dynamic became the stronghold of the show, immediately welcoming in the large audiences viewing the tv show, with an astounding 52% watch rate when the pilot aired January 12, 1966. Because 'Batman' literally brought the comic books to the small screen, the dying sales of Batman stories were revived and grew higher than ever in the late 1960s. Without Adam West's Batman, the hero in DC Comics may have fallen into obscurity in the Silver Age. RIPBatman βœŒπŸΌπŸ’™πŸ¦‡πŸ™πŸ½
Batman, Books, and Children: The POP art power behind flying onomatopoeias and the smooth ride of the Batmobile in the 1966 television series 'Batman' were just a few of the now memorable moments in the twice a week primetime program. But the stars of the show, Adam West and Burt Ward, playing Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder had fans returning the same bat-time, same bat-channel each week. 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 NestlΓ© 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 idea of this adaptation of the DC Comics mythos was to entertain adults with a funny parody of the heroes and villains simultaneously proving fun action adventures for children of all ages. West became the perfect candidate to deliver both sides of the show to its audience with his Shakespearian-esque deliveries of lines all while keeping the episodes lighthearted and full of moral messages for the youths. Alongside the suave millionaire Bruce Wayne was his young ward Dick Grayson, portrayed by Burt Ward, who was secretly his sidekick in crime fighting, Robin the Boy Wonder. Creating his own iconic 'Holy!' catchphrases with every new episode, Ward's enthusiastic persona permeated naturally into the optimistically loyal character of Dick Grayson. Together, Bruce and Dick's friendly and heroic dynamic became the stronghold of the show, immediately welcoming in the large audiences viewing the tv show, with an astounding 52% watch rate when the pilot aired January 12, 1966. Because 'Batman' literally brought the comic books to the small screen, the dying sales of Batman stories were revived and grew higher than ever in the late 1960s. Without Adam West's Batman, the hero in DC Comics may have fallen into obscurity in the Silver Age. RIPBatman βœŒπŸΌπŸ’™πŸ¦‡πŸ™πŸ½

The POP art power behind flying onomatopoeias and the smooth ride of the Batmobile in the 1966 television series 'Batman' were just a few of...