SNEAK PEEK: It’s like 1977 all over again!
It’s only May, but before you know it, you’re going to be shopping for a new calendar. Think about it — we’re almost halfway through the year, if you can believe it.
Anyway, I know which one is at the top of my list — the 2022 DC Comics Batman Wall Calendar, which appears to be a love letter to retro Batman, especially the Bronze Age version.
Check out this cover:
Let’s see: You’ve got the Detective Comics #27-style striping, a red skyline a la Batman #1, the early ’70s Batman logo that was repurposed for Detective in the ’80s, and sharp Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez stock images of the Dynamic Duo.
And that’s just the cover. Dig these sample pages:
January also borrows from the Batman #1 sensibility and the Darknight Detective’s cape echoes his look from Detective #27. I wish I had the credits, but that’s definitely a Garcia-Lopez Penguin and probably a JLGL Robin. Batman? Not sure, but it reminds me of Dario Brizuela.
February, though, really knocks me out. I think that’s Dick Giordano across the board up top. Batman and Robin certainly appear to be Giordano’s handiwork and I just know I’ve seen that Penguin before. The Riddler in the lower right is JLGL, however.
(If you have any clarity on the credits, please say so in the comments.)
A few thoughts:
— UPDATED 5/11/21: Click here if you want to see thumbnails of the rest of the months. (And you do!)
— I like the Golden Agey “Mo. 1” and “Mo. 2” notations in the upper left of both months. Very clever.
— The back cover notes that this is “concept only,” so there could be changes before publication.
— The calendar, by Trends International, is due June 21 and lists for a very groovy $14.99. It’s already available for pre-order. Click here.
— Oh, and in case you’re wondering, 1977 and 2022 have the same calendar. Neat.
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