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Holy Verbatim!

The free morning newspaper AM New York marked the passing of '60s-era Batman star Adam West with a lengthy Bat-obit that included this unexpected heel turn: "While struggling to land post-Batman acting roles, West turned to making personal appearances wearing the Batman cape and cowl — some rather undignified, as when he appeared on a Memphis pro wrestling program opposite wrestler Jerry 'The King' Lawler."

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If West's appearance with Lawler and WMC host Dave Brown was somehow beneath the actor's Bat-standards it was hard to tell. He name-checked heroes like Superman ("I call him Supes") and Spider-Man ("Spidey-baby"). He seemed to get into the spirit of professional sports entertainment, calling Lawler, "naughty," then advising him to be more courteous and use the turn signal when he drives.

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Today, Lawler owns a '60s-era Batmobile like the one from West's show and has been known to take it out for a spin. Rest in Bat-Peace, Mr. West. Memphis will miss you, old chum.

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