<i>Sic transit signum</i> "camp"

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Sic transit signum "camp"

Fresh from today's news:

Adam West, Straight-Faced Star of TV's 'Batman,' Dies at 88

With the exceptions of Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden, I'm not given to celebrating anyone's death and I won't start now, but I'm not going to mourn West's pass­ing at home last evening of leukemia.

Never mind that he was a terrible very limited as an actor, for me it was the role with which he is most closely identified.

I was a huge "Batman" aficionado since I was in grade school, assiduously reading every Batman and Detective comic books (52 pages, all in color, just 10¢) I could get my mitts on, and doing my unsuccessful best to catch up with chapters of the two Columbia Pictures serials released six years apart in the '40s.

So I had positive expectations for the show when it debuted on Tuesday, January 12, 1966... problem was I was trapped upstate at a Cutco convention in the Catskills, and it took all my skill at duplicity to sneak out and dash up to my hotel room to see that first episode.

(Hey!, Irving "Adamania" is welcome to his opinion, but he's a Philistine and an idiot!)

30 minutes later I returned to the gathering, slack-jawed and glassy-eyed at ABC's betrayal of cartoonist Bob Kane's vision and my own ideal.

The next evening, back in my own living room, I watched Part 2 of the show; it confirmed my initial assessment... this was a fraud and an affront!

It was a totally unworthy burlesque of the "Batman" canon, and I've never forgiven Producer/Creator William Dozier or West for inflicting this on me.

It was a trauma untreated for a quarter of a century until Michael Keaton and director Tim Burton teamed up to restore a sense of fealty to Kane's original character in the far superior "Batman."

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