If 1982 was the Year of the Cat Calendar, 1983 is apparently going to be the Year of More Cat Calendars. There is, inevitably, a Garfield number, You Know It’s Monday When…(Ballantine Books, $4.95); one of the “whens” is when “spring showers turn your litter box into quicksand.” Skip Morrow’s Official I Hate Cats Calendar (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, $4.95) features unfunny drawings of people knocking cats around, and Philip Lief’s Cat’s Revenge Calendar (Wallaby, $4.95) features unfunny drawings of cats knocking people around. Yet Another Cat Calendar (St. Martin’s Press, $4.95) is better by a whisker, with Arthur Howard’s parodies of great paintings—Cat of Toledo, for instance, is an El Grecolike triptych focusing on a beatific-looking feline. Most visually striking is Lynn Hollyn’s Town & Country Cat Calendar, decorated by Robert Goldstrom’s graceful pastels (Kampmann & Co., New York, $8.95).
People who don’t spend 1983 looking at cats may spend it looking at seminaked pictures of men, thanks to a flock of male pinup calendars. Most forthright is A-Hunk-a-Month Calendar (Wallaby, $7.95), from the editors of Playgirl. Don’t get your hopes up, though, ladies; nobody’s really nude. In The Arnold Schwarzenegger Calendar (Fireside, $7.95), Conan the exhibitionist flaunts his bulging muscles, veins and arteries.
There’s something else for women, too. Heroines (Crossing Press, Trumansburg, N.Y., $5.95) cites a famous woman in American history every month—among them Helen Keller, Navajo chieftain Katherine Smith and Underground Railroad leader Harriet Tubman. Women Alone/Women Together (Women’s Resources Distribution Co., Philadelphia, $6.95) uses striking photographs by and about women to illustrate the year. Women’s Work (Crossing Press, $5.95) shows women’s labors at home as well as in such jobs as welding.
There is, of course, The Extra-Terrestrial Calendar (Perigee, $5.95), peopled—or being’d—with E.T. and friends; the kids won’t notice its poor photographic quality. This is a chronic problem with calendars using movie scenes, but Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (Pocket, $6.95) fares a little better.
Far superior is From This Planet Earth (Pomegranate Artbooks, Corte Madera, Calif., $7.95), whose beautifully reproduced photographs are all from space missions such as Voyager 1’s incredibly clear, fly-by portraits of Jupiter.
The arts are represented in The Ballet Calendar (Wallaby, $7.95), including Daniel S. Sorine’s photographs of today’s stars, and Broadway Musicals (Abrams, $9.95). The screen’s Annie, Aileen Quinn, has a calendar all to herself, aptly titled Annie (Ballantine, $5.95).
M.C. Escher (Pomegranate Artbooks, $6.95) celebrates the fine, intricate drawings of the contemporary Dutch artist, while another lovely art calendar, The Giverny Paintings (Pomegranate Artbooks, $8.95), shows Monet’s sumptuous renderings of the village where he lived 43 years.
For TV buffs, there’s M*A*S*H (Verkerke Reproductions, Norwood, N.J., $6.95), which depicts the show’s stars in pleasant portraits and notes their birthdays. (Alan Alda’s is Jan. 28.) Another favorite in the popular arts is celebrated in Louis L’Amour’s Western Calendar (Bantam, $7.95), with illustrations from the novelist’s hit books.
From farther north comes the Eskimo Graphics Engagement Calendar (Kramanarjug Craft, Pelly Bay, Northwest Territories, Canada, $9.95). The joyfully primitive drawings are by seven Inuit (as the Eskimos call themselves) artists.
Also appealing is the In and Out of the Garden Desk Diary (Workman, $7.95). Spun off by Sara Midda from her 1981 book, it contains tips, poems, lore (King Henry VIII had gooseberries in his garden) and Midda’s delicate illustrations. The Bird Identification Calendar (Stephen Greene Press, Brattleboro, Vt., $6.95) features North Carolina watercolorist John Sill’s paintings.
Children may enjoy Dolls (Main Street Press, Pittstown, N.J., $5.95), A Toddler’s Year (Bo-Tree Productions, Palo Alto, Calif., $6.95), which includes activity ideas—making beanbags, for one—and Moskowitz (Simon and Schuster, $6.95), starring characters from such Stewart Moskowitz books as Too-Loose the Chocolate Moose.
People of Renown (Pomegranate Artbooks, $8.95) is an appointment calendar with 52 photographs by the late Sanford Roth. Among his subjects are Jack Lemmon, Louis Armstrong and Albert Einstein, who also goes solo on The Faces of Einstein (Pomegranate Artbooks, $6.95).
For miscellany lovers Murphy’s Laws (Drawing Board Greeting Cards, Dallas, $5.50 and $8.95) comes in two sizes, 10″x 11″ and 17″x 19″, with such rules as “A repair man will not come to your door until he is sure you have waited four hours and have left the house in disgust.” American Cars (Stewart, Tabori Chang, $8.95) will keep auto lovers’ minds on Stutzes, Duesenbergs and Kaisers all year. Chase’s Calendar of Annual Events (Apple Tree Press, Flint, Mich., $ 12.95) exhaustively chronicles celebrations and anniversaries, among them Matanzas Mule Day, April 27, honoring a four-footed Cuban survivor of a Spanish-American War battle, and National Kraut Sandwich Week, which begins Oct. 13.
To gain weight during 1983 consult the Sweet Life Chocolate Engagement Calendar (The Sweet Life, Glen Rock, N.J., $7.95) for Katharine Hepburn’s brownie recipe and nutritional data on chocolate. To lose pounds see the Eat and Run Diet, Exercise Engagement Calendar (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, $8.95), which espouses mango poufs and stretching hamstrings.