Burt Ward and Adam West in Batman

The world of comics lost an icon recently with the passing of Adam West, the actor who played Batman in the now legendary 1966 TV series of the same name. Although not the first live-action adaptation of the caped crusader, Batman ’66 is one of the most defining and influential, setting a new standard for comic book adaptations and cementing the dark knight as a pop culture icon. West and Burt Ward’s performances as Batman and Robin defined the dynamic duo for several generations and left an indelible mark on the history of Batman, DC and comic books as we know them.

Despite his inarguable contributions to pop culture, the ranking of West’s ...

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