From the Batman cartoon character created by Bob Kane in 1939
1/12/66 – 3/14/1968 ABC
Color – 120 episodes
Adam West as Batman/Bruce Wayne
Burt Ward as Robin/Richard ‘Dick’ Grayson
William Dozier as Announcer (uncredited)
Alan Napier as Alfred Pennyworth
Neil Hamilton as Commissioner James Gordon
Stafford Repp as Chief O’Hara
Madge Blake .as Aunt Harriet Cooper (1966-1967)
Yvonne Craig as Batgirl/Barbara Gordon (1967-1968)
Holy Villians! (Guest stars)
Burgess Meredith as the Penguin
Frank Gorshin as the Riddler
Julie Newmar as Catwoman
Cesar Romero as The Joker
Liberace as Chandell
Vincent Price as Egghead
Milton Berle as Louie the Lilac
Ethel Merman as Lola Lasagne
Pierre Salinger as Lucky Pierre
“Batman” by Neal Hefti
“Same bat time. Same bat channel!” was the standard closing.
Holy Storytelling! You should already know the tale of the masked, caped Crusader Batman (Adam West). Unlike the other caped crimefighter Superman, Batman had no super powers. This is because he was really a mere mortal named Bruce Wayne. His ward Dick Grayson (Burt Ward) assisted in him, POW, in making the bad guys go SPLAT!
As Wayne was very rich he could buy really neat crimefighting toys. Like the Batmobile and other goodies kept in his hidden batcave. You could access this from inside “Stately” Wayne Manor (as Alfred called it) in Gotham City by pressing a button in the bust of Shakespeare in the den.
Now when Police Commisioner Gordon (Neil Hamilton) needs to reach him he can use the red Bat Phone on his desk or more dramtically, he can flash the bat signal which is a bat logo flashed from the top of City Hall.
Holy Camp! But none of this was played seriously. This series was pure fun, filmed in cartoon colors.
Madge Blake died in 1969 of a heart attack, Stafford Repp in 1974 of a heart attack, Neil Hamilton in 1984 of complications from asthma, Alan Napier died in 1988 of a stroke, Yvonne Craig passed in 2015 of metastatic breast cancer and the legendary Adam West died in 2017 of leukemia, he was 88.
Of the guests:Burgess Meredith, Cesar Romero, Liberace, Vincent Price, Milton Berle and Ethel Merman have all passed away.
Burt Ward and Adam West
Adam West and Burt Ward
|These are stories where the Green Hornet appears.”The Spell of Tut”
“Tut’s Case is Shut”
“A Piece of the Action” (3/1/1967)
“Batman’s Satisfaction” (3/2/1967)
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Adam West and Burt Ward