Batman 312 – Calendar Man’s week of crime

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The Calendar Man, not seen since his debut in 1958, makes a return in the Len Wein, Walt Simonson and Dick Giordano story in Batman 312 (June 1979).

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The art is exceptional, and the story is pretty good as well, as Calendar Man goes on a crime spree based on the days of the week, wearing a different themed outfit, and using different weapons, for each day.

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Thankfully, when he gets to Thursday, the story avoids playing off of Marvel’s Thor in any way, as the villain interprets thunder as sonics.

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When Sunday comes, Commissioner Gordon and the police think they have figured out what his crime will be, but Batman suspects that Calendar Man will take this as a “day of rest,” and use it to flee the city, which is exactly what he tries to do.  In their climactic battle, the Calendar Man wears a new outfit, one that will return when he does, a his “core costume.”

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Two-Face, last seen in Green Lantern this same month, appears on the final page, setting up his appearance in the next two issues.

A really fun little story, and great to see the obscure villain after so many years.

The Calendar Man returns in these page in six years.

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