10 Popular Comics Characters NO ONE Has Done Right

9. Calendar Man

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Batman villain Julian Day the Calendar Man is so called since he commits crimes on significant dates like Christmas, Halloween and St. Valentine's Day. For years, he was regarded as a silly but forgettable villain, which was all too common during the Silver Age.

But in the 1996-1997 miniseries Batman: The Long Halloween, Day was remodelled into a sinister serial killer. Regarded as a danger to society, Julian was incarcerated in Arkham Asylum and had become one of the few permanent residents of the facility. Even though this story helped Calendar Man become a more recognised name, nothing was really done with the character since.

When DC Comics rebooted under the New 52 banner, it was a perfect opportunity to revisit the character and make him more mainstream. Instead, he was turned into a comedic news anchor.

When DC again relaunched several years later, Day was completely revised as a metahuman whose age is based on the seasons of the year. On 31 December of each year, he dies and is reborn in a new body the following day. This is an intriguing idea but Julian Day is mostly absent since the relaunch, not giving the character a chance to be explored.


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