The Adam West Comeback

Here’s something I’ve been eagerly anticipating for years: the home video release of the 1960s “Batman” television series. Long tied up in legal wrangling, all 120 episodes of the show (plus special features) are now, finally due for release this November.

This show was my introduction to the character as a kid; I’d hunt the TV listings to see if any local channels were showing it in syndication. I have distinct afterschool memories of vainly trying to pull in a clear signal from a station running the show in the next TV market over from where I lived. The series still occupies a special place in my heart. As those of you who follow me on various social networks know, I’ve used a a cropped image of Adam West in Bat-cowl as my preferred avatar for many years. And for almost as long, I’ve been frustrated that the version of the image I have is of pretty low quality, so I’m crossing my fingers that I’ll be able to screencap a higher resolution version when these episodes are released.

Speaking of things Adam West, I was just made aware of the film “Starring Adam West,” a documentary of how West managed to persevere during the lean years following the show’s cancellation, when he found himself painfully typecast and short of work.

The movie was being toured for special screenings until earlier this year, but apparently no further showings are in the offing. Find out more at