Tuesday, March 20, 2007


Batman versus Superking

(via) Now I realize what society is missing, and can never have.

A team-up between Adam West and Andy Kaufman, facing off against Jerry Lawler. Can't you see it?

Here's what YouTube has to say about this clip, if it isn't self-evident.
A possibly inebriated Batman (Adam West in cowl and sweats) visits the WHBQ studios in Memphis while in town for a boat show or something. He's there to confront the EVIL King of Memphis, Jerry Lawler, who comes out dressed as Superking.

When I first saw the title of this post on sfnovelists.com, I thought it was going to be against Bender Bending Rodriguez.

Now, I don't know if this is better or worse, but damn it is funny.

so fitting for the future mayor of Quahog, Rhode Island.
I saw a biography of West a few years ago, and as I recall the low point of his career came right around this time, in which he was asked to be fired out of a cannon by a boatshow. I don't know that there's any footage of the cannon, but there was similar footage of him in full Batman drag talking to very disinterested boat show attendees, and my heart bled for the dude. Especially considering that he was still worshipped as a rock god in Argentina or someplace like that at the time.

When I was a kid we saw Nathan Hale, Jr. at a boat show in Dallas, the Skipper from Gilligan's Island. And even as a kid I was just so depressed seeing the guy there signing autographs beside model motor boats that I couldn't bring myself to stand in line to meet him. I seem to recall that my kid brother, a few years younger, didn't have any qualms, and walked away with the Skipper's autograph. At the time, I was already a pretty big nerd, and probably would have just asked him if his dad had told him any stories about Errol Flynn.
Me, it's the guy signing pictures from Willy Wonka behind a sign that reads "I was Mike TV" that I find truly painful.
Okay, that is pretty sad.
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