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Decoding Calendar Man

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Ladies and gentlemen, it’s Friday the 13th. This superstitious holiday also happens to fall on a full moon. That’s double the superstition, and that would make this particular day doubly appealing to one of Batman’s lesser-known villains, Calendar Man.

Julian Day, aka Calendar Man, is one of the most misunderstood villains in the Batman universe. He is a criminal who is obsessed with dates and holidays. His crimes usually occur on holidays and have a relationship to the date they are committed.

Often times, Calendar Man gets overshadowed by the abundance of Batman’s really cool villains. Between the Joker, Two Face, Scarecrow, and countless others, there’s a lot of competition for a super villain to break through in Gotham. That’s why Calendar Man is not very popular, which is a shame because he’s can be an interesting character.

The problem is, he can also be a very stupid character. Some comic book fans don’t like Calendar Man because of his occasional flamboyant costumes and lame holiday puns.

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…Yeah. I’ll admit, the costumes are lame. But! I still think that Calendar Man has his moments. For example, The Long Halloween is one of my favorite Batman books. It features Calendar Man as a Hannibal Lecter-type character offering advice. He was cool in that book, which shows his potential as a villain. If the comic book writers would just portray him as the sinister intellectual type all the time, he could be a great addition to the DC Universe.
Happy Friday the 13th, Julian! Long live Calendar Man.
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What do you think about Calendar Man? Let me know in the comments section!

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