Adam West Saved Batman. And Me.

Actors Adam West (L)and Burt Ward dressed as their characters (Zappp!) "Batman" and (Powww!) "Robin," on Jan. 27, 1989 at the "World of Wheels" custom car show in Chicago.

NPR’s resident Bat-scholar Glen Weldon offers a personal remembrance of the late Adam West, explains how the actor rescued the character of Batman from oblivion, and explores his enduring legacy.

(Image credit: Mark Elias/AP)

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