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Watch The ‘Family Guy’ Video Tribute To Actor Adam West
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Last month saw the passing of Adam West, who was best known for his role as the title superhero in the 1960’s television series Batman. But while the 88-year-old actor was forever known as Batman, he did have a career beyond the campy TV show, including voicing the character Adam West, the Mayor of Quahog, on FOX’s animated television series Family Guy.

Now, FOX has released a 9-minute highlight reel of West’s appearances in tribute to the late actor. Watch the video here below.

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‘Batman’ Actor Adam West Has Died; Pop Culture Icon Was 88
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Adam West, the actor best known for his role as Batman in the 1960s television series, died on Friday in Los Angeles, CA, after a short battle with leukemia. He was 88.

The West family posted the news this morning to the actor’s social media accounts, stating “Our beloved AW passed away last night. He was the greatest. We’ll miss him like crazy. We know you’ll miss him too – West Family.”

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Comic Review: Batman ’66 Meets Steed and Mrs. Peel #1 (of 12, Digital)
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Batman ’66 Meets Steed and Mrs. Peel #1
Writer: Ian Edginton
Artist: Matthew Dow Smith
Main cover artist: Mike Allred
Variant cover artist: Cat Staggs
Publisher: DC Comics, in partnership with BOOM! Studios
Boom! Studios
DC Comics
Release Date: June 8, 2016
Cover Price: $0.99 (digital)

Looks like my birthday came a little early! Nothing makes me happier than seeing a little throwback to my youth, especially when it’s a crossover of two of my favorite shows. Batman ’66 Meets Steed and Mrs. Peel #1 brings my favorite DC hero face to face with my favorite British television characters (my apologies to The Doctor, but it’s true). I still stop and watch any Avengers episodes whenever I find them on television. And of course, Batman is probably more popular in my house than I am.

But enough about me, on to the review!

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‘Batman: The Complete TV Series’ Box Set Is Available Now!
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Batman

After what amounts to a ridiculously long wait for rabid fans, Batman, the iconic and campy TV series from the 1960s, finally makes its nod on Blu-ray and DVD today with Batman: The Complete TV Series box set from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

For fans of the program, which spans generations and which has never saw a proper release in the home video market due to a myriad of business reasons and concerns, this is the crème de la crème for not only a full-on geek person’s collection, but for those who are collectors of television programs, too.

Check out the video here below which shows a scene in split-screen mode, with one half being the original version and the other the remastered edition.

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The Digital Wire Blu-ray/DVD Release News: For The Week Of 11/11/2014
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For this week’s edition of The Digital Wire we’ve got a slim selection of offbeat titles from the film and television domains, including one influential horror classic. Below you’ll find info on several future home video releases complete with technical specs, release dates, and links to pre-order at Amazon. We would greatly appreciate it if you use those links to order because a small percentage of each order helps keep this website running at max power. The cover art for certain titles has yet to be finalized.

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The Digital Wire Blu-ray/DVD Release News: Batman, Godzilla, Apes, Kubrick, Krull & more!
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We the awesome and tireless Geeks of Doom have long covered nearly every hallowed territory of the pop culture domain. Now that we have a regular column devoted to upcoming Blu-ray/DVD release news called The Digital Wire that will be written each week by yours truly, you can consider us truly invincible.

Below you’ll find info on several future home video releases complete with technical specs, release dates, and links to pre-order at Amazon. We would greatly appreciate it if you use those links to order because a small percentage of each order helps keep this website running at max power.

This week we have Batman, Godzilla, Apes, Kubrick, Krull, and more!

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Holy About Time! ‘Batman’ The Original 1960s TV Series Finally Comes To DVD Later This Year
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Batman, the seminal 1966 – 1968 series which originally ran on ABC-TV and became a zeitgeist sensation with its camp and tongue in cheek humor, while still based on Bob Kane’s comic book, is finally getting the nod on DVD.

As Tweeted by talk show loon Conan O’Brien and later confirmed by WB, the series, which had been plagued for years with likeness rights and a sundry amount of other business related issues which held up a firm and proper release, will be released via Warner Brothers Home Entertainment later this year as a complete box set. Details to follow, but this is cause célèbre for legions and generations of fans who have waited in earnest and with extreme patience for this series to finally come to home market fruition.

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Comic Review: The Mis-Adventures of Adam West
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The Mis-Adventures of Adam WestThe Mis-Adventures of Adam West
Created by Adam West and Darren G. Davis
Written by Reed Lackey
Art by Russell Dauterman and V. Kenneth
Colors by Kamui Ayama
Letters by Jaymes Reed
Cover by Joe Phillips
Bluewater Comics
Release Date: September 15, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99

Adam West, the actor who played Batman in the campy 1960s series, has returned to his heroic ways. This time, however, he’s made the leap from the small screen to the comics pages. In The Mis-Adventures of Adam West, West is frustrated at the dark nature of most modern day heroes. Also, he is frustrated with his agent for showing him scripts where the main characters have questionable morals. West is inexplicably transported into one of the scripts thanks to a magic amulet that is sent to him. West leaps into the body of the main characters, and his age and appearance vary from script to script. West changes the story and makes sure that the hero in each story remains moral and upright. West is also trying to discover the orignins of the amulet, who gave him the amulet, and a way back to the real world.

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Happy Birthday To The Original Batman, Adam West!
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Happy 84th birthday today to Adam West, original Batman of the camp variety and Mayor of Quahog on Family Guy.

West, with his distinct style, slow, William Shatner-esque vocal patter, and outlandishly controlled temperament, is best known for his portrayal of Batman; patriarchal superhero to Robin, the other half of the Dynamic Duo. Originally airing during the mid 1960s on ABC-TV, Batman aired twice a week at first and became a huge smash. The camp was turned way up and television audiences, who were living in a hotbed of Vietnam overseas, gathered around the escapist fun, gazing at ridiculously irresistible capers that occurred during each episode, as the Caped Crusader had to battle a wildly garish yet colorfully effective evil criminal each and every week. West had a perfect handle on the character of the millionaire playboy Bruce Wayne who lived a double life as Batman, and played the role with a straight-faced earnest approach to the consistently purposefully dry tone and style of the show, which made fun of every type of convention that Batman was.

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The Evolution Of Batman In Popular Culture
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Batman in Popular Culture

Batman has become one of, if not the most well known characters in the history of American pop culture. He’s been dark, he’s been bright, and he’s even been an agent of propaganda, but one thing that has remained consistent is that people know who Batman is. With The Evolution of Batman in Popular Culture, my attempt is to take an extensive look at all the ways that Batman can be interpreted, why he’s remained a consistent force in popular culture, and how he becomes a reflection of society making him the most iconic superhero.

When Batman (Bat-Man) was created by Bill Finger and Robert Kane, he was initially created as an answer to Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster’s iconic superhero of the lower class. And while Superman was given super powers and a fighting stance against corruption, Batman was a little darker. The creation of Batman came mainly from pulp novels, Zorro, and the 1926 horror film The Bat. Batman was a weird creature of the night that, initially, wasn’t afraid to kill and would do so if the criminal “deserved” it. In his creation, Batman is already a reflection of an era that is commonly described as being hopeful, yet disillusioned in the face of World War II, a time when almost everyone was on board with the Allied Powers in their war against the Evil Axis Powers. Society was cut and dry, good and bad, so a four-color look at a wealthy vigilante lent itself perfectly to the culture of the time.

Furthermore, this interpretation of The Batman was moved into the popular propaganda films shown during war times where Batman and Robin teamed up to fight on the home front while all the soldiers were defending America’s freedom. Sure, if you try to watch The Batman and the Batman and Robin serials, you’re going to lose your mind if you’re brain’s not stuck in a World War II mindset in which you’re pretty much sure that Japanese people are completely evil and should be punished for all their evil deeds. Yes, it’s completely ridiculous and completely wrong, but it is 100% an accurate portrayal of the United States’ attitude toward the world at the time. Another aspect of this that’s worth mentioning is that in most superhero stories, this was the interpretation. In fact, this was the interpretation of most movie serials during the time period, but for the sake of argument, even as an overweight “on-a-budget” looking Batman, the interpretation is valid and represents the time.

The next major incarnation of The Caped Crusader came with “The New Look” that accompanied the heralding in of The Silver Age of comics. Oddly enough, with sales of superhero comics tanking, the introduction of the Batman TV show came to our Earth and showed a completely different side of Batman. This Batman was campy, this Batman was fun, this Batman was kid friendly, and above all else, this Batman was psychedelic. If one thing is tied to the 1960s, whether accurately or not, it’s the free love, acid freak hippie nature of society at the time. This youth culture was high on life and many other things which made straight-laced stiffs, like Adam West’s portrayal of the Batman character, completely hilarious. While kids were loving the cartoony action of Batman, the elaborate death traps created by brilliantly acted villains like The Riddler, The Joker, King Tut, and Egg Head, adults saw the humor that laced every other moment outside of the square Adam West. The cast was in on the joke, the adults were in on the joke, the only ones that were left out were the kids. And quite honestly, as a kid who watched this show growing up, it was absolutely perfect. All of the elements that are over done and goofy to me as an adult, which I still adore, were exactly what my child-like mind thought a superhero TV show about Batman should be like. The goofy, post-Wertham nature of The Silver Age in comics, alongside the ironic attitude of the country allowed Batman to be one of the biggest pop culture icons of the pre-Vietnam 1960s. Most today would refuse to admit the importance of this era of Batman, but when you take a grander look at his history, Batman reflects society, and that exactly what happened with Batman ’66.

Following the escapades of Adam West’s Batman, the titular character was relegated mostly to cartoon shows with interactions between other Warner properties like Scooby-Doo. Sure there was the live-action special Legends of The Superheroes which showed a handful of DC heroes fighting DC villains, but for the most part, while Batman was being redefined in the comics throughout the 70s, Batman for better or worse became a cartoon character. He stayed in the minds of children and parents until the 1980s when Frank Miller got a hold of him. In Miller’s The Dark Knight, he redefined what a superhero comic book could do, and alongside Alan Moore’s Watchmen, he changed comic books forever. Miller, as a writer, creates stories with hardboiled toughs in an incredibly dark setting, and after this version of Batman was brought to the attention of the masses again for the first time since the 1940s/1950s, Batman was once again The Dark Knight. This next step in Batman’s evolution led to filmmaker Tim Burton‘s 1989 Batman.

Batman was the next big superhero movie after the Superman franchise took off and then ultimately fell off due to poor writing/directing/producing/lack of public interest. After the boom and economic hopefulness of the 1980s, we were met with the grunge era. The grunge era, as I’m calling it, accompanied musical acts like Alice in Chains, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, The Pixies, and The Melvins, and was a sign of America’s youth caught up in a wave of disillusionment. Gone was the chrome horizon of the 1980s. What we were welcomed with, and on a path towards, was a somewhat dark era in which many felt ostracized and hopeless. It’s my opinion that 1989’s Batman helped usher in that time period, but either way, it’s hard to deny that Tim Burton’s cartoony gothic hero was not in part a reflection of that mood. When Batman hit theaters, fans saw a new Batman dressed all in black whose motivation once again became vengeance on the part of his parents’ murder. The gothic hero was an orphan on a grand scale, and considering the attitude of America’s teens at the time, people flocked to this interpretation. In fact, Batman stayed on track with Burton for quite some time, which included the debut of Batman: The Animated Series, which many young kids used as their first exposure to The Dark Knight and in the future, this series would become incredibly important, but we’ll get back to that in just a little bit when we discuss the modern era. This truly was a renaissance for The Batman.

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