Contemporary Motivators: Star Wars is a comic book adaptation of the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. It is part of Pendulum Press's Contemporary Motivators series, published in 1978.

Contemporary Motivators does not strictly follow the events of A New Hope, as dialog does not precisely match the movie, and the location of some scenes are altered, if not removed altogether.

The black-and-white images of the comic were used for the Old School Star Wars Filmstrip. The panels were used without the speech bubbles and were colored, sometimes cropped.

Publisher's summaryEdit

It was a time of civil war in the galaxy. The evil "Dark Lord" Darth Vader and his troops of soldiers were trying to crush a small group of men fighting against them. These men, the Rebels, knew that the Imperial government which ruled the galaxy had grown too strong. They feared that its leader, Darth Vader, and his evil friends would try to make the people of the galaxy their slaves.

As the story begins, a small Rebel spacecraft has been attacked by Darth Vader's huge warship. Somehow the Dark Lord has learned that the beautiful Rebel leader, Princess Leia Organa, has hidden the plans to his deadly Imperial battle station aboard her ship. Should she escape with the plans, the Rebels would surely find a way to destroy the battle station. Thus they could end the harsh rule of the empire.


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External linksEdit

Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
Full adaptations
Novel · Junior novelization · Mighty Chronicles · Random House · The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy
Shakespeare · Star Wars: A Storybook · The Star Wars Storybook · Shimmer Book · Golden Book
Partial adaptations:
A New Hope: The Life of Luke Skywalker · Choose Your Own Star Wars Adventure
Darth Vader's Mission: The Search for the Secret Plans · Death Star Battles · Heroes in Hiding · Journey to Mos Eisley
Join the Rebels · Luke's Fate · R2-D2's Mission: A Little Hero's Journey · R2-D2 and Friends

Star Wars Journal: Captive to Evil · The Fight for Justice · Hero for Hire · The Rise of a Hero

Marvel Star Wars: 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6 · Marvel Illustrated Version
Marvel Special Edition Featuring: 1 · 2 · 3
Classic Star Wars: A New Hope: 1 · 2 · Trade paperback
The Special Edition: 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · Trade paperback
Star Wars Droids: 6 · 7 · 8
Infinities: 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · Manga: 1 · 2 · 3 · 4
Contemporary Motivators: Star Wars · PhotoComic
Video games
1987 video game · 1991 video game · Super Star Wars
Activity books
Ultimate Sticker Book
Star Wars · Classic Star Wars · A New Hope · Episode IV: A New Hope Read-Along Storybook and CD
Behind the scenes
The Annotated Screenplays · The Art of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope · Behind the Magic · Chronicles · The Making of the Movie
The Making of Star Wars · The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film · The Star Wars Portfolio
Guide and reference books
Galaxy Guide 1: A New Hope (Second Edition) · Super Star Wars Official Game Secrets
The Movie Trilogy Sourcebook · Star Wars Trilogy Sourcebook, Special Edition · Who's Who
Other material and merchandise
Jedi Pack · Radio drama (NPR Dramatization) · Original Soundtrack Anthology · Soundtrack · Toy line · Trading card game
Star Wars Customizable Card Game:
Premiere Limited · Premiere Two-Player Introductory Set · Premiere Unlimited
A New Hope Limited · A New Hope Revised Unlimited · Enhanced Premiere · Special Edition Limited
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