Batman's Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar Coming to Phoenix Comicon 2014
There's only a month and change left until Phoenix Comicon and the event's schedule is already packed wall-to-wall with cult heroes, major names, and special guests. But that's not stopping organizers from dropping a few more living legends into the mix.
And one of their most recent additions is pretty big, especially if you're a fan of the 1960s version of Batman.
On Wednesday, April 23, Comicon's staff announced that Adam West and Burt Ward -- the actors who respectively portrayed Batman and Robin on ABC's colorful and campy television version of the Dynamic Duo from 1966 to 1968 -- will be at this year's event from June 5 to June 8. Joining them will be Julie Newmar, the original Catwoman from the program.
Holy autograph opportunity, Batman!
Truthfully, Comicon organizers haven't announced the specifics of the trio's visit, including which days they will be appearing and if whether it will involve either a Q&A panel or a signing session, but we can safely assume that fans will have a chance to interact with the three actors in some fashion.
And if we're lucky, West -- who's portrayal of the Dark Knight was more lively than brooding -- might just do the Batusi. In all actuality, the 85-year-old has been game for poking fun at himself and his most famous role over the years, including goofy appearances on The Simpsons and Family Guy. Like his co-star, Ward is best known for his two-year stint wearing a cape and tights, albeit as the Boy Wonder.
Newmar, however, was already well known in Hollywood as a sex symbol by the time she starred as the Dynamic Duo's sultry nemesis, having memorably starred in such TV shows as Living Doll and The Phil Silvers Show. On Batman, her character played up the sexpot and temptress role (although since it was the '60s and all, it was portrayed a bit innocently) as illustrated by the following scene.
Phoenix Comicon 2014 is scheduled for Thursday, June 5, to Sunday, June 8, at the Phoenix Convention Center and other downtown venues. Advance tickets are $15-$35 for daily admission, and $60 for the entire weekend.