DC Comics honored beloved Batman actor Adam West today with a two-page tribute appearing in the titles released this week. The actor, who starred as Bruce Wayne on the 1966 television series, passed away June 9 at age 88.
The image depicts West in his classic costume, accompanied by one of the actor’s iconic quotes: “I never had to say I’m Batman. I showed up. People knew I was Batman.” Beneath that, DC thanks West for being its first real hero, referring to him as “old chum.”
There have been several efforts to honor West’s legacy in the past month, including a ceremony in which the Bat-Signal was projected onto Los Angeles City Hall. Additionally, a number of West’s friends and co-stars issued touching tributes.
“I am devastated at the loss of one my very dearest friends,” said Batman ’66 co-star Burt Ward. “Adam and I had a special friendship for more than 50 years. We shared some of the most fun times of our lives together. Our families have deep love and respect for each other. This is a terribly unexpected loss of my lifelong friend. I will forever miss him. There are several fine actors who have portrayed Batman in films. In my eyes, there was only one real Batman that is and always will be Adam West. He was truly the Bright Knight.”
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