Why May is Star Wars Month

by CryptoComics Couch - Posted 2 weeks ago

It is finally May. For many of us, that means the coming of spring, the ending of school, and Mother's Day. For science fiction fans, it also means Star Wars Month.

You've likely heard "May the 4th be with you always," and know that it is reference to Star Wars. Even if you're not a Star Wars fan.

How did May become the official "unofficial" Star Wars month (besides the clever pun)? 

The Birth of a Galactic Saga

On May 25, 1977, George Lucas introduced audiences to a new world with "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope." This movie changed everything with its cool effects, great story, and unforgettable characters. It kicked off a journey that became one of the most beloved stories ever told.

George Lucas: The creator of Star Wars

May also holds special meaning for George Lucas, the genius behind Star Wars. Born on May 14, 1944, Lucas's imagination gave birth to the incredible Star Wars saga. He also founded Industrial Light & Magic, a company that changed how movies are made.

The Force Lives On

As May arrives, fans everywhere gather to celebrate Star Wars Month. They watch movies, dress up as their favorite characters, and talk about their love for the saga. Star Wars keeps growing, with new movies, shows, and stories keeping the magic alive for new and old fans alike.

In May, we honor Star Wars and the joy it brings to so many people. From its humble start to its status as a cultural icon, Star Wars continues to inspire and entertain. So, whether you're a Jedi master or just starting your journey, May is a time to celebrate the wonder of Star Wars and the adventures it brings.

Celebrating Original Science Fiction Stories

Science fiction is a genre that has been around for a long time, and has only grown in popularity. There are many thrilling science fiction stories, past and present. 

Pioneering works like H.G. Wells' "The War of the Worlds" and Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" laid the groundwork for the genre, introducing readers to fantastical worlds and futuristic technologies. 

H.G. Wells War of the Worlds Free

However, it was the emergence of comic books in the late 1930s and early 1940s that truly revolutionized science fiction storytelling. From early favorites such as Strange Worlds, the first award-winning sci fi / fantasy series Forbidden Worlds, and sci fi hero series Space Detective, science fiction became a favorite amongst children and adults alike.

Strange Worlds Sci Fi comics

Iconic characters like Superman, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, and Batman, created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, captivated audiences with their superhuman abilities and high-tech gadgets. 

As the medium evolved, comic book creators began exploring more complex and thought-provoking science fiction themes, tackling issues such as space exploration, artificial intelligence, and the consequences of scientific experimentation. Through the decades, science fiction comics have continued to push the boundaries of imagination, inspiring readers to dream of worlds beyond our own and the endless possibilities that lie among the stars.

Original and exciting science fiction series continue to appear, such as Antarctic Press' Planet Comics, the action-packed Xolic Unleashed series, and the award-winning creator Shaun Keenan's series Terralympus.

Terralympus Science Fiction Comics

What are some of your favorite science fiction books or comics? 

Why are we so interested in Space?

Humans are inherently curious beings, driven by a thirst for knowledge and exploration. Space, with its vastness and mystery, captivates our imagination like few other frontiers. It represents the ultimate unknown, a realm of endless possibility and discovery waiting to be unlocked. 

From ancient civilizations gazing up at the stars in wonder to modern-day space exploration missions, our fascination with space has only grown over time. The desire to understand our place in the universe, uncover its secrets, and perhaps even find other forms of life fuels our interest in space exploration.