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4.0 out of 5 stars Holy kiss and tell, Batman!
"WARNING! R-Rated! Don't read this book if you are SEXUALLY CONSERVATIVE or EROTICALLY DEPRIVED!"
So declares Burt Ward (Robin from the legendary 60s TV series "Batman") at the beginning of his racy autobiography, "Boy Wonder: My Life in Tights." He's not exaggerating, either. The naughty stuff starts burning up the pages even before we...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes interesting but smutty account of the Batman days.
I bought this book expecting a breezy account about the making of Batman, but it was a bit diffent to what I expected.

The "behind the scenes" parts relating to "Batman" itself were enjoyable. However, I would have preferred a bit more detail, and more about the various guest stars who appeared with Ward and Adam West. Most of the detail...
Published on 12 Feb 1997


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4.0 out of 5 stars Holy kiss and tell, Batman!, 15 Oct 2000
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This review is from: Boy Wonder: My Life in Tights (Paperback)
"WARNING! R-Rated! Don't read this book if you are SEXUALLY CONSERVATIVE or EROTICALLY DEPRIVED!"
So declares Burt Ward (Robin from the legendary 60s TV series "Batman") at the beginning of his racy autobiography, "Boy Wonder: My Life in Tights." He's not exaggerating, either. The naughty stuff starts burning up the pages even before we hit Chapter One, and continues to do so throughout this hilarious, dirt-dishing show-biz expose.
Ward's memoirs read like a pornographic, hallucinogenic edition of the National Enquirer: containing all the celebrities, scandals and hyperbole one would expect from a tabloid, but with an additional explicitness and heightened sense of reality that recall the most lurid of paperback erotica. Holy leotarded lechery, Batman!
Kinky young fans in bat-costume; threesomes, foursomes and eightsomes; French, Samoan, American and Swamp (!) varieties - "My Life in Tights" presents a veritable catalogue of sexual permutations and combinations, as experienced by the author and his co-star, the insatiable Adam West (Batman). Nothing can prepare the reader for Ward's outlandishly purple prose - I mean, the guy's kinky way with words imbues even the most mundane descriptive sequence with other connotations...
Thankfully, however, Ward's eagerness to share every gory bedroom detail with us is counterbalanced by his irreverent humour, his highly developed sense of the absurd. Between passages that would make Jackie Collins blush, we get moments of unsurpassed hilarity.
And the source of this merriment is, almost invariably, the irrepressible Adam West. Portrayed as a boozing, egocentric womaniser, West couldn't have differed more from his stuffy small-screen alter-ego. His unique peccadilloes and unfailing ability to attract trouble (usually of the female variety) furnish the book with its funniest moments, recounted with affectionate relish by the ex-Boy Wonder. Take West's close encounter of the parasitic kind with a crazed red-head, for example:
"Into his mouth snaked that long, quivering tongue, not unlike what the creature did to the astronaut in Alien... This monster was like a 150-pound tick embedded in his face. During the ruckus, I caught glimpses of Adam's face covered with the drool and slobber of her wet kisses..." YOWZAH!
Although Burt Ward's brain often seems to be located in his (supposedly enormous) nether-regions, his book is not solely concerned with matters of the flesh. "Boy Wonder: My Life in Tights" also provides some valuable cultural insights, taking us behind the scenes of a super-successful TV series and beyond, into the mindset of the viewing generation it so affected, into the shadowy realm where life and art intersect...
"Truth is stranger than fiction, and this is the truth. Adam West has the unique ability to penetrate an audience's thoughts on a subconscious level... millions of women and men were affected around the world. His performance played subtle tricks on the unsuspecting minds of an unsuspecting audience..."
Tricks from which some of us will never recover...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes interesting but smutty account of the Batman days., 12 Feb 1997
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This review is from: Boy Wonder: My Life in Tights (Paperback)
I bought this book expecting a breezy account about the making of Batman, but it was a bit diffent to what I expected.

The "behind the scenes" parts relating to "Batman" itself were enjoyable. However, I would have preferred a bit more detail, and more about the various guest stars who appeared with Ward and Adam West. Most of the detail related to Ward's injuries, and the Quest to Control His Huge Crotch Bulge!

Ward's treatment of West was not particularly kind. He is portrayed as scene-stealer, voyeur, sex-a-holic, and skinflint, among other things (I wonder if they're still speaking?).

Much of the middle of the book relates the many sexual escapades of the self-confessed, "reformed" sex addict, Burt Ward. Ward lays the blame for his obsession squarely on Adam West, whom he claims corrupted him. Of his many conquests, Ward goes into some detail regarding his various techniques, which sometimes caused me to feel as though I were eavesdropping in a locker room. He must have slept with the State of California. Even the pest control man lusted after him!

The background information about Burt Ward the citizen was OK. Ward appears to have grown up with a "silver spoon in his mouth", which he has now traded for platinum.

He provides much information about his life today, which includes photos of his wife dressed up as Wonder Woman, and as a belly dancer. He seems to love her and his daughters very much, and feels that we should, too.

His wife, by the way, is Tracey Posner, daughter of Victor Posner the millionaire (or is it billionaire?). We are treated to photos of his father-in-law's corporate bedroom and living room, and bodyguards. Truly faaaaaaascinating.

Overall, the impression I had from this book was that I didn't know what my impression of it was. I had the idea that Ward was trying to settle an old score with West in the meanest possible way, while smiling outwardly. Throughout the book, an avalanche of mud was slung upon Adam West. Ward believes he redeems himself by stating much later in the piece, "To be fair, Adam has been married for many years now to a wonderful woman" or words to that effect.

It seems to me, however, that Burt Ward's character assasination of Adam West tells me more about Ward himself.

-Sheryl Taylor
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just what you'd think it would be..., 9 Jan 1998
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This review is from: Boy Wonder: My Life in Tights (Paperback)
This book is exactly what you'd think it is...
Burt Ward, who played Robin in the 60's tv series, writes his book the way someone who has never read a smutty tell-all might write a smutty tell-all. I LOVED IT!
Not only do we get a glimpse of the working conditions on the set, we get inside knowledge of his relationship with fellow co-star Adam West, who was "less than a gentlemen" in all ways. Particularly cheesy is the endless recountings of woman after woman Ward seduced, in every way possible--a habit he blames Adam West for starting!
The only things that killed my enjoyment a bit are the repetitiousness of the sexcapades (the first, say, 20 stories are enough...) and the lack of more insights into the special guest villans (who wouldn't want to know more about Cesar Romero, Burgess Meredith or Vincent Price!)
Perhaps the most frightening part of the book is Ward's claim he might make a sequel--and include all his sexual antics! HOLY OVERKILL!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Self promoting tell nothing., 6 Sep 1999
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This review is from: Boy Wonder: My Life in Tights (Paperback)
Published by a company that Burt Ward owns (with good cause... no one in their right mind would touch this), Burt tells us how he was an honor role student, best chess player in his school, and speed reads 30,000 words a minute. He later describes how he was Bruce Lee's equal in the martial arts and how the nasty Batman producers kept him from playing the title role in The Graduate, leaving the role open for Dustin Hoffman. What he does not tell us is how such a great actor as he seems to feel that he is, spent the next thirty years making a living shaking hands at car lots.
He does tell us that he got laid a lot. Not as much detail is spent discussing the un-named compainons though as tales as to how large his organ is, and how many orgasms he was able to bring them to on a regular basis.
Funny thing about the book. He never discusses any friends. Upon reading the book it is apparent as to why. It is hard to imagine him having any.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious Look at Burt Ward's Life in tights, 28 Sep 1998
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When I first ran across snippets about Ward's sexual exploits, I took them with a grain of salt (okay, a POUND of salt). After reading the book, I don't doubt any of the stories because of the honesty you can see throughout the tome. Ward tells a convincing story of what it was really like to work on a '60's hit TV series. The book goes a long way in explaining why Adam West still doesn't want to relinquish the Batman hood (if you had as many groupies as he did, you wouldn't either). Anyway, it's a funny book and after reading it you'll never watch Batman in the same way again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good behind the scence look., 26 Jan 1998
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This review is from: Boy Wonder: My Life in Tights (Paperback)
I am about to sound like on of the reviewers that Ward describes in his book that review a show and make comments about the good and bad.
Ward give the reader a great behind the scence look at on of the most popular TV shows of the `60s. You get to find out about all the dirty and clean details that went on and off the set. Find out why West as Batman talked slower than a snail and much much more. Ward takes you on the road to sign autographs, and tells you how many women got West and his personal signitures in private. I really liked how Ward was bult in his relating about his life as the Boy Wonder.
Ward also had a problem with his details. From lacking in most areas to being wrong in others. Like when he is telling you about the famous epesodes in which the cast of the show the Green Hornet appear. He says that the Lone Ranger was viewed as an outlaw just as the Hornet is, this is false as an one who is familar with the Lone Ranger knows. If Ward does not care enough about the little details that may not be veiwed by him as impotant what is he lying about with the important stuff.
I enjoyed the book for the entertainment value and the way it get you mind racing about what it took to make the Batman series a hit. I can remember thinking about watching some to the shows that Ward tells his readers about and think to myself how much work Ward had to put in to get the shot just right. After all West and Ward's stunt doubles didn't do much of anything on screen.
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