Calendar Man
Calendar Man in Batman: The Long Halloween.
Art by Tim Sale
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceDetective Comics #259 (September 1958)
Created by
In-story information
Alter egoJulian Gregory Day
SpeciesHuman
Team affiliations
  • The Misfits
  • Time Foes
Notable aliasesCalendar Killer
Abilities
  • Genius-level intellect
  • Master manipulator
  • Skilled hand-to-hand combatant
  • Expert inventor
  • Ages and rejuvenates according to season

Calendar Man (Julian Gregory Day) is a supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, as an enemy of the superhero Batman, belonging to the collective of adversaries that make up Batman's rogues gallery. Calendar Man is known for committing crimes that correspond with holidays and significant dates. He often wears costumes to correlate with the date of the designated crime.[1] His name, in itself, is a joke, referencing both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. In his debut, the character was presented as a joke villain, but in later years, writers developed Calendar Man as a dark, disturbed criminal who toys with Batman.[2]

The character made his live-action debut as a cameo in the DC Extended Universe film The Suicide Squad (2021), portrayed by Sean Gunn.[3]

Publication history

Calendar Man first appeared in Detective Comics #259 (September 1958) and was created by Bill Finger and Sheldon Moldoff.[4] He returned after twenty years to plague Batman again in Batman #312 (June 1979).[5]

Fictional character biography

Criminal career

Calendar Man is fascinated by dates and calendars, due to an obsession with important dates and trauma surrounding important holidays.[6] His crimes always have a relationship to the date that they are committed. The theme may be related to what day of the week it is or to a holiday or to a special anniversary on that date; he will plan his crime around that day. He often wears different costumes which correspond to the significance of the date, though he does have a main costume which has various numbers (meant to represent days on a calendar) sprouting from the shoulders.[4]

He next appears in Batman #312 (June 1979), in which his crimes are based on the days of the week, and his costumes reflect the Norse and Roman gods they were named for, e.g. Saturn. Calendar Man fires an ultrasonic sound weapon at Batman, nearly killing him. While Batman recuperates, Calendar Man commits crimes on Friday and Saturday. He plans to leave Gotham City on a train called the Western Sun Express on Sunday—the traditional "day of rest"—knowing that the police would be waiting for him to attempt to steal an artifact of the Egyptian god of the Sun, Ra. Batman captures him at the train station before he boards.

This issue also marked the first appearance of his most commonly known "calendar cape" costume. His next appearance in Batman #384–385 (June–July 1985) and Detective Comics #551 (June 1985), sees the Calendar Man at the onset of the Crisis being used as a pawn of the Monitor in an attempt to find an assassin to eliminate Batman. In this instance, the Calendar Man's theme is holidays, and he attempts to use the young Jason Todd, as Robin, as the Batman's Achilles' heel, with the promise of his demise on the first day of Spring. Ultimately, however, Robin himself captures the villain.

His best-known modern appearance is in the miniseries Batman: The Long Halloween, where he is portrayed as a Hannibal Lecter-like figure, offering insight in Batman's search for Holiday, a serial killer who uses holidays as his modus operandi.[7][8] Like Lecter in the novels of Thomas Harris, Calendar Man knows who the killer is and keeps this information to himself, choosing instead to taunt the heroes with cryptic clues. He returns in that story's sequel, Batman: Dark Victory, in which he impersonates deceased mobster Carmine Falcone in an effort to drive his children, Alberto and Mario, insane. When Calendar Man (as Carmine) tries to get Alberto to kill himself, however, the younger Falcone detects the ruse; Alberto knows that his father abhorred suicide, and thus figures out that Calendar Man is manipulating him. At the end of the story arc, Falcone's daughter Sofia Falcone Gigante beats him to a pulp as revenge for his role in her father's death. In both stories, Calendar Man is bitter that the new murderous rogues have taken the attention off him; he fears that he is being forgotten.

Calendar Man teams up with Catman and Killer Moth as part of The Misfits, a group of villains trying to prove themselves in Batman: Shadow of the Bat #7–9 (1992–1993).[4] Also, he is among the Arkham Asylum inmates freed by Bane in Batman: Knightfall, but he is easily recaptured by Power Girl shortly after his escape. In Team Titans #14 (Nov 1993) Calendar Man and several other villains whose crimes center on time-based motifs, including Time Commander, fight the title's heroes over a valued hourglass.[9] Calendar Man appears in "All the Deadly Days", a story in 80 Page Giant Batman Special Edition #3 (July 2000), in which he has acquired a new high-tech costume, and moves up to more grandiose crimes.[10] He makes an appearance in the alternate reality story "Superman: Arkham" (beginning in Superman (vol. 2) #160), which was also written by Jeph Loeb.[11] Calendar Man appears in the series Harley Quinn, as an inside informant to the title character.[volume & issue needed]

In Week 20 of the weekly series 52, a radio broadcasts a message saying that Calendar Man was left tied up for the cops in Gotham City, even though there is no Batman. It is revealed the new heroine, Batwoman, was responsible for his capture.[12]

The New 52

In 2011, DC rebooted their continuity. In this universe, Julian Day is a mob enforcer for The Squid. While he is popular among his colleagues for his brute strength, he abuses and neglects his young child, Aden. However, when Batman goes looking for weaponry being sold by the Squid, he encounters Aden, who tells him his father’s location. Batman assumes the persona of Matches Malone and goes looking for Julian. Julian, meanwhile, finally decides he should pay his child some attention and plans to get a calendar, but Batman forces him into a bathroom and punches him into some tiles. The tiles create a calendar-like scar around his head. [13] Julian Day appears again in The New 52: Futures End event, in which he has become a hacker who calls himself Calendar Man. Batman and Riddler manage to defeat him.[14] Also, another version of Calendar Man (not specified as Julian Day) appears during the “Villains Month” event. This version is the host of “Channel 52”, which reports on important villain-related events. Calendar Man claims he does this because he fears that nobody else will keep track of the day-to-day events.[15]

DC Rebirth

In DC Rebirth, Calendar Man is a permanent inmate of Arkham Asylum. When Batman hid Psycho-Pirate in Arkham, Bane came for him and tore through the asylum and defeated all its inmates, who Batman had freed to weaken Bane. Eventually, Bane confronted Calendar Man, but instead of fighting him, Calendar Man stated that everything was just a loop and that all of this was pointless as Bane would never win.[16]

Powers and abilities

Calendar Man is a successful inventor, capable of designing the machinery needed to deploy his various schemes. His talents aid him as he pursues his obsession with quirks of the calendar, carefully planning and theming his crimes around holidays, weekdays and the seasons.[17] Calendar Man is also an experienced hand-to-hand combatant, although his main reason for his success is his intelligence. In his latest incarnation, as written by Scott Snyder and Tom King in the pages of the Batman Rebirth special (June 2016), the Calendar Man now ages with the seasonal weather of Gotham City. Every spring he is reborn, with his DNA altered, but retains his memories, and then ages rapidly until winter when he dies, only to be reborn again the next spring by crawling from the husk of his own corpse.[18]

In other media

Television

Calendar Girl in The New Batman Adventures, in her spring outfit.[19]

Film

Video games

Miscellaneous

See also

References

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  28. ^ Hernandez, Patricia (November 17, 2014). "It Took Three Years For People To Find This Arkham City Easter Egg". Kotaku. Retrieved July 8, 2015. Turns out, if you set your PC to the date December 13th, 2004, you trigger special Calendar Man dialogue—which you can see in the clip above. The date seems random, but players speculate that it's tied to a very special date. That's the year that the developer behind the game, Rocksteady, was founded after all.
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