Real Name: Julian Gregory Day
Also Known As: Maharajah the Magician
Powers / Skills: Calendar Man wears a different "calendar" themed costume, with different weapons and gadgets, for each crime he commits. Some of these include a "spring" flower costume with a paint-filled squirt gun, a "winter" snowman costume with a freeze gun, and a "Monday" moon-man costume with a flying saucer (because Monday is named after the Moon). It's explained in the comics that it is his skills as a stage magician that allow him to build such elaborate costumes and props.
Weird Obsession: Calendar Man is obsessed with the calendar, and all of his crimes involve things found in a calendar, such as the four seasons, the days of the week, or holidays. He is also one of the criminals that "gets off" on outsmarting Batman, so he leaves The Caped Crusader clues to his crimes.
First Appearance: "The Challenge of the Calendar Man" in Detective Comics #259
"The Challenge of the Calendar Man" begins with a newspaper headline. A new criminal is publicly announcing his plans for a series of crimes, and challenging Batman to stop him. "Another crook who wants to make himself a reputation by outsmarting me," exclaims Bruce Wayne as he reads the article. I'm guessing Batman gets fed up sometimes with all the criminals vying for his attention and leaving him clues to their crimes. The newspaper article says the Calendar Man will commit a crime a day, four crimes corresponding to the four seasons, followed by a fifth crime corresponding to the mysterious "fifth season."
|As if Calendar Man's "challenge" was not insulting enough, the Gotham Gazette logo takes it to the next level by flipping Batman "the Bird."|
|Robin then said, "Holy Haute Couture, Batman! That outfit makes MY costume look BUTCH!"|
|Not to be confused with Jimmy Olsen's alter-ego, Magi The Magician. Or of his other alter-ego, The Oriental Rajah, now that I think of it.|
|Seriously, just look at Batman and Robin's stone-faced expressions in the second panel. It's like, it was so stupid, they don't even know how to react.|
After his initial appearance in 1958, The Calendar Man didn't reappear again until 1979, in Batman #312's "A Caper a Day Keeps the Batman at Bay." This story is pretty similar to the original, except this time Calendar Man is committing 7 crimes, based on the days of the week. The costumes aren't quite as insane in this one, but it does introduce his "calendar" themed costume that he wears when he is not committing a specific calendar crime. After this appearance the Calendar Man appeared sporadically throughout the years, and is generally treated as a b-grade, "joke" villain, rather than as a serious adversary for Batman.
While hey may be seen as a "joke" villain, I can't help but respect a guy who has the audacity to challenge Batman while dressed as a pretty flower. It may be the single goofiest, and therefore most-awesome, costume Batman has ever had to face off against. Add to that his Frosty the Snowman outfit, all his other ridiculous costumes, and his bizarre need to announce his crimes ahead of time in the newspaper, and The Calendar Man easily joins the wacky ranks of "Batman's Weirdest Villains."
BONUS! MUSIC VIDEOS:
The Lemon Drops - I Live In The Springtime
The Zombies - Summertime
The Psychedelic Furs - Fall
The Bangles - Hazy Shade Of Winter