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For more than 30 years, John Kiesewetter has been the source for information about all things in local media – comings and goings, local people appearing on the big or small screen, special programs, and much more. Local media is still his beat and he’s bringing his interest, curiosity, contacts and unique style to Cincinnati Public Radio and 91.7 WVXU. Contact John at johnkiese@yahoo.com.

TV’s ‘Batman’ Stars Adam West, Burt Ward Coming To Comic Expo

Holy Nostalgia, Batman! TV’s original Dynamic Duo – Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward) – will attend the Cincinnati Comic Expo Sept. 19-20 at Duke Energy Convention Center.

“Batman” celebrates its 50th anniversary on Jan. 12, 1966. ABC aired two half-hour episodes a year the first season, both of which finished in the top 10 for the 1965-66  TV year. They filmed 120 episodes, plus a “Batman” movie in two years.

West enjoyed a long career with guest shots on “Family Guy,” “The Simpsons,” “Murder She Wrote,” “Murphy Brown,” “Drew Carey,” “NewsRadio,” “Laverne & Shirley,” “Mad About You,” “Rugrats,” “Spongebob Squarepants,” “Lois & Clark” “Police Woman” and “Hart to Hart.”

Ward, however, was “irreparably typecast” as the campy Boy Wonder, and spent most of his career at nostalgia and comic conventions, says the International Movie Database.

If you see West, wish him a happy birthday. He turns 87 here on Sept. 19. Ward was 70 on July 6.

The “Batman” stars will appear only on Saturday and Sunday.

Previously announced stars coming to the Cincinnati Comic Expo Sept 18-20: Ian Ziering (“Sharknado” movies, “Beverly Hills 90210”), Sean Astin (“The Lord of the Rings,” “The Goonies,” “Rudy”), Robin Lord Taylor and Morena Baccarin (“Gotham”), Katrina Law (“Arrow”), Graham McTavish (“The Hobbit,” “Outlander”), Eve Myles (“Doctor Who,” “Torchwood”)  and a “Back To The Future” 30th anniversary with James Tolkan (Mr. Strickland), Claudia Wells (Jennifer Parker) and Harry Waters Jr. (Marvin Berry). Also scheduled: a couple of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (David Yost, Austin St. John) and voice actresses from “Frozen” (Eva Bella, young Elsa) and Livvy Stubenrauch (young Anna).

More information on events and exhibitors attending the show can be found at the Cincinnati Comic Expo site.

John Kiesewetter joined the WVXU news team as a TV/Media blogger on July 1 2015, after nearly 30 years covering local and national broadcasting for The Cincinnati Enquirer. He’ll be posting news about Greater Cincinnati TV, radio and movies; updating your favorite former local TV/radio personalities or stars who grew up here; and breaking news about national TV, radio and media trends. You’ll also learn about Cincinnati’s rich broadcasting history.