Obituary: Adam West

Actor Adam West (b.William West Anderson, 1928) died on June 9. West is best known for his role as Bruce Wayne and Batman in the 1966 television series Batman and the associated theatrical film. He provided voicework for several animated works, including Meet the Robinsons, Kim Possible, and various versions of Batman. He also made cameo appearances on the 1990 series The Flash and Lois and Clark. He and Burt Ward shared TV Land Awards in 2004 and 2005 for the work on Batman.

Obituary: John B. Duncan

Actor John B. Duncan (b.1923) died on February 8. Duncan appeared in numerous westerns, but is most notable for portraying Robin/Dick Grayson when he appeared in Batman and Robin in 1949. He also appeared in uncredited roles in Plan 9 From Outer Space and Spartacus.

Finger Gets Credit

DC Entertainment has announced that Batman co-creator Bill Finger will receive some form of credit for co-creating the character with Bob Kane on both the television show Gotham and the film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The form of acknowledgement hasn’t been announced, nor has an indication that the credit will carry through to future Batman releases.
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Batmobile Sold

The original Batmobile designed by George Barris for the 1966 television show Batman sold at auction on January 19 for $4.2 million. The car, which was built on the chassis of the Lincoln Futura concept car, has been in Barris’s possession since it was created, although there are other copies of the car that have been sold. The name of the purchaser has not been disclosed.

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Obituary: Jerry Robinson

Comic artist Jerry Robinson (b.1922) died on December 7. Robinson is best known for co-creating Robin, the boy wonder, and creating the Joker. Robinson also worked on the creation of Alfred and Two-Face. Robinson began working for Batman creator Bob Kane in 1939. In the 1970s, Robinson worked to get credit for his friends, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster for their part in creating Superman. Robinson is in the Comic Book Hall of Fame and has received lifetime achievement awards from the Cartoon Art Society and the National Cartoonists Society.

Obituary: Lew Sayre Schwartz

Artist Lew Sayre Schwartz (b.1926) died on June 19 following a fall which resulted in a brain hemorrhage. Schwartz worked as a ghost artist for Bob Kane on Batman from 1946 through 1953, when he went to work for King Features. Schwartz’s work in advertising would eventually win him 4 Emmys and 6 Clios. Schwartz also helped create the title sequence for the film Dr. Strangelove and taught at the School of Visual Arts,where he founded the film department.

Obituary: Adrienne Roy

Colorist Adrienne Roy (b.1953) died of ovarian cancer on December 14. Roy was a long-time staple at DC Comics, working on Batman for 189 issues and Detective Comics for 202 issues over 18 years. Roy also spent 14 years coloring The New Teen Titans.