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[A Long Time Ago In A Galaxy Far, Far Away...]
Episode IV: A New Hope.

[A New Hope]

Paperback Novel
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Comic Book series
Adapted by Roy Thomas et al. published July thru December 1977 as Star Wars #1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 by Marvel Comics:

[Issue 1][Issue 2]

Issue #1Issue #2

[Issue 3][Issue 4]

Issue #3Issue #4

[Issue 5][Issue 6]

Issue #5Issue #6

Republished June & July 1994 as A New Hope #1 & 2 by Dark Horse Comics:

[A New Hope - issue 1][A New Hope - issue 2]

Issue #1Issue #2

Comic Book series collected into Graphic
Novel published November 1995
(also published as Star Wars Trilogy box set):

[A New Hope - graphic novel][Star Wars Trilogy box set]

Comic Book series adapted by Bruce Jones et al. published January thru April 1997 as A New Hope: Special Edition #1, 2, 3 & 4 by Dark Horse Comics:

[A New Hope Special Edition - issue 1][A New Hope Special Edition - issue 2]

Issue #1Issue #2

[A New Hope Special Edition - issue 3][A New Hope Special Edition - issue 4]

Issue #3Issue #4

Comic Book series collected into Special Edition Graphic Novel published January 1997
(also published as Star Wars Special Edition Trilogy box set):

[A New Hope Special Edition - graphic novel][Star Wars Special Edition Trilogy box set]

Comic story is included in:

[A New Hope: Special Edition]

A New Hope: Special Edition

[Epic Collection: The Original Marvel Years Volume 1]

Epic Collection: The Original
Marvel Years Volume 1

[A New Hope: Remastered Edition]

A New Hope: Remastered Edition

[The Original Marvel Years: Omnibus Volume 1]

The Original Marvel Years: Omnibus Volume 1

[Omnibus: The Complete Saga]

Omnibus: The Complete Saga

[A Long Time Ago... Doomworld]

Omnibus: A Long Time Ago... Volume 1

[A Long Time Ago... Doomworld]

A Long Time Ago... Doomworld

Comic Book series adapted by Hisao Tamaki et al. published July thru December 1998 as A New Hope: Manga Edition #1, 2, 3 & 4 by Dark Horse Comics:

[A New Hope (manga) - issue 1][A New Hope (manga) - issue 2]

Issue #1Issue #2

[A New Hope (manga) - issue 3][A New Hope (manga) - issue 4]

Issue #3Issue #4

e-Comic Book
First published 2011 by Dark Horse Digital.

Radio Dramatisation
Adapted by Brian Daley, first broadcast 1981 on US National Public Radio:

[Star Wars - The Original Radio Drama]

Included in The Complete Star Wars Trilogy: The Original Radio Dramas (audio CD):

[The Complete Star Wars Triliogy - radio dramatisation]

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Junior Novelisation
Original adaptation by Larry Weinberg.
Published in 1995 by RandomHouse
Children's Books.
Special Edition adapted by Ryder Windham.
Published in 2004 by Scholastic Books:

[A New Hope Junior Novelisation (2004)]

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Photo Comic Book
First published 2005 by TokyoPop as Cine-Manga (restricted territories), republished in February 2008 by Dark Horse Books:

[A New Hope Photo Comic Book]

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[things from another world]

A New Hope
aka Episode IV: A New Hope
aka Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker
George Lucas (Novelisation, ghost-written by Alan Dean Foster);
Roy Thomas (Comic Book adaptation);
Brian Daley (Radio Dramatisation adaptation);
Larry Weinberg (Junior Novelisation adaptation);
Ryder Windham (Junior Novelisation adaptation)
Novelisation first published by Del Rey
Comic adaptation first published by Marvel Comics
Story published as:
Paperback Novel (1976)
Comic Book Series (1977, 1994, 1997)
Radio Dramatisation (1981, 1993, 1996, 2007)
Junior Novelisation (1995, 2004)
Paperback Graphic Novel (1995, 1997, 2002, 2010, 2011, 2016)
Photo Comic Book (2005, 2008)
e-Book (2011)
e-Comic Book Series (2011, 2015)
Hardback Graphic Novel (2015, 2017)

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It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire.
During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire's ultimate weapon, the Death Star, an armoured space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet.
Pursued by the Empire's sinister agents, Princess Leia races home aboard her starship, custodian of the stolen plans that can save her people and restore freedom to the galaxy....

The Tantive IV is carrying precious information, vital to the Rebel Alliance. But Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith, and his master have long suspected Princess Leia Organa of being a Rebel, and her starship is intercepted by his Imperial Star Destroyer, the Devastator, and boarded by Vader's stormtroopers. Before her capture, Leia stores the vital information inside R2-D2's databank. R2-D2 and C-3PO escape in an escape pod, and land on the remote desert planet of Tatooine. R2-D2 and C-3PO are "recovered" by Jawas after being separated from each other.
The droids are bought by moisture farmer Owen Lars and his nephew, Luke Skywalker. R2-D2 escapes from the Lars' homestead in search of an Obi-Wan Kenobi, whom the droid claims to be the property of. Luke and C-3PO find R2 the next day just before they are attacked by Sandpeople. Luke and his droids are rescued by Obi-Wan Kenobi or, as Luke knows him, Ben Kenobi. Obi-Wan takes Luke to his home.
Luke receives his father's lightsaber, as Obi-Wan recalls his own friendship with Luke's father. Luke is told that a Jedi named Darth Vader betrayed and murdered his father. After discovering Princess Leia's message carried by R2-D2, Obi-Wan attempts to persuade Luke to accompany him to Alderaan. Luke refuses to go until he discovers that his aunt and uncle were brutally murdered by Imperial stormtroopers searching for the droids. Luke, Obi-Wan, and the two droids travel to Mos Eisley to find passage to Alderaan, Princess Leia's home planet.
Smuggler Han Solo and his first mate, a Wookiee named Chewbacca, agree to take the foursome to Alderaan aboard their ship, the Millennium Falcon. After brief scuffles with the Empire and henchmen sent by Jabba the Hutt, the Falcon escapes an Imperial Blockade at Mos Eisley and Han sets a course for Alderaan.
In Alderaan's place, they find what seems to be an asteroid field. The planet was destroyed by the dreaded Death Star, on the orders of Grand Moff Tarkin, to set an example of the power of the Empire. The Millennium Falcon is pulled aboard the Death Star by its powerful tractor beam.
From hidden smuggling compartments, the crew of the Millennium Falcon ambushes an Imperial scanning crew and two stormtroopers. With Han and Luke now disguised as the two stormtroopers, the group begins to figure out how to escape. Obi-Wan separates from the group to disable the tractor beam, leaving the others alone. While connected to the Imperial Network, R2-D2 discovers Princess Leia is aboard the station. Luke convinces Han and Chewbacca to rescue her with the vague promise of a grand reward. Han and Chewbacca reluctantly agree. Luke plans to march into Detention Block AA 23, claiming that Chewbacca is part of a prisoner transfer. C-3PO and R2-D2 are instructed to remain behind, and the trio sets off on their rescue attempt. Luke's plan works flawlessly in that they are quick to subdue the officers and guards in the Princess's cellblock. Unfortunately, no one thought to plan for their escape, and Leia takes charge, blasting a hole in a nearby grate and jumping through while Han and Luke hold off a squad of stormtroopers. Chewbacca, Luke and Han all dive after the princess into the unknown.
Unfortunately, the grate covers a chute that leads to a garbage compactor that is also home to a resident dianoga. Soon after landing, the creature pulls Luke under the surface, but releases him and is scared away when the Imperials realize where our heroes escaped to and activate the compactor. As the walls close in on the foursome, Luke desperately calls to C-3PO over his comlink asking for the compactor to be shut down. R2-D2 manages to shut down the compactor just in time, although, amidst the muffled cries of joy over the comlink, C-3PO is briefly convinced that his master and friends have been crushed.
After escaping from the trash compactor, the group hurries back to the Millennium Falcon, hoping that Obi-Wan has successfully shut down the tractor beam. They encounter stormtroopers on their way to the ship.
Obi-Wan, on the other hand, was destined to meet with Darth Vader. Obi-Wan battles his former Padawan, but this time Obi-Wan sacrifices himself (actually, it was later revealed that Obi-Wan did not let Vader kill him, rather joined the Force before being killed to avoid death) as Luke watches in terror, then screams. Horrified and angered, Luke takes his final blasts at the stormtroopers and dashes onto the Millennium Falcon.
After fighting a squadron of TIE Fighters, the Millennium Falcon meets the Rebel Alliance on Yavin 4, and the information in R2-D2 is turned over. General Dodonna plans the attack on the Death Star, an attack so audacious as to receive an unenthusiastic reaction from the pilots, notably Wedge Antilles. To add to Luke's dismay, Han leaves after receiving his reward.
The Rebel strike force begins its attack on the Death Star, as the space station approaches the Rebel base on Yavin 4. The final Rebel ships enter the trench to hit the target that will destroy the Death Star. One of them is piloted by Biggs Darklighter, a friend of Luke who is killed by Vader towards the end of the assault. Most of the Rebel ships are destroyed, save for Luke's X-wing starfighter. Just before Darth Vader could destroy Luke from his personal TIE Advanced Fighter, Han returns in the Millennium Falcon and clears away the attacking Imperial fighters. Luke fires the proton torpedo into the exhaust port target, and the Death Star is destroyed.
The surviving ships piloted by Luke, Han, Wedge Antilles and Keyan Farlander return to Yavin 4 and a victory celebration commences.

Episode IV: A New Hope.
NB: This story's novelisations and adaptations form part of the Star Wars Saga* only in so far as events depicted within the story match those seen on screen, the rest of the story is considered Legends.

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