For other uses, see Abel (disambiguation).

"I think my folks sat me down to watch A New Hope on VHS when I was very young, and that was the beginning of the end."
―Abel G. Peña[1]

Abel Gustavo Lopez Peña IV (born May 29, 1979) is an author who has written reference books and articles for Star Wars Insider, the Official Star Wars Website, the Star Wars Roleplaying Game, Star Wars Gamer, The Official Star Wars Fact File and Vader: The Ultimate Guide. He is also a translator of rare Spanish and Italian Star Wars comics. Known for referencing obscure and out-of-print Star Wars material in his work, Peña is among the few authors who fraternizes with the fan community, posting on both the StarWars.com blogs and the Jedi Council Forums under the names "Halagad" and "Halagad_Ventor" respectively.

This interest in the obscure West End Games character Halagad Ventor led Peña to his second role in Star Wars, that of a model. In 2005, artist Joe Corroney used Peña as the basis of his rendering of Ventor for Insider 84's HoloNet News.

He is a member of the Star Wars Fanboy Association.



Title Part of Format Date
The Emperor's Pawns (with Juan Schwartz and Pablo Hidalgo) Star Wars Gamer 5 Magazine article May 2001
A Marvelous Comeback Star Wars Insider 61 Magazine article July 2002
The Circle Is Now Complete: Classic Marvel Talents[2] StarWars.com Web article July 2002
Who's Who: Imperial Grand Admirals (with Daniel Wallace) Star Wars Insider 66 Magazine article March 2003
Contributions to The Official Star Wars Fact File 105, 106, 116, 117 The Official Star Wars Fact File Magazine article March - May 2004)
Star Wars Droids: The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO (with Rich Handley) Polyhedron 170 Magazine article May 2004
A Subject of the Divine Star Wars Insider 78 Magazine article September 2004
The History of the Mandalorians Star Wars Insider 80 Magazine article March 2005
Droids, Technology and the Force: A Clash of Phenomena Hyperspace (Star Wars Insider 81 supplement) Web article March 2005
The Dark Forces Saga (with Jason Fry) wizards.com Web article April - June 2005
Kyle Katarn's Tale (with Jason Fry) wizards.com Web article April - May 2005
The Path of Evil Vader: The Ultimate Guide Magazine article July 2005
Vader Tech Vader: The Ultimate Guide Magazine article July 2005
20 Most Memorable Moments of the Expanded Universe (with Enrique Guerrero) Star Wars Insider 83 Magazine article July 2005
Unknown Soldier: The Story of General Grievous Star Wars Insider 86 Magazine article February 2006
The Story of General Grievous: Lord of War Hyperspace (Star Wars Insider 86 supplement) Web article February 2006
Evil Never Dies: The Sith Dynasties Hyperspace (Star Wars Insider 86 supplement) Web article June 2006
Underworld: A Galaxy of Scum and Villainy (with Ryan Kaufman) Star Wars Insider 89 Magazine article August 2006
Underworld Appendix: Swoops, Spice, and Wretched Rogues (with Ryan Kaufman) Hyperspace (Star Wars Insider 89 supplement) Magazine article August 2006
The Empire's Finest: Who's Who in the Imperial Military (with Dan Wallace) Star Wars Insider 96 Magazine article September 2007
Strangers Among Us: The Aliens Who Built the Galactic Empire (with Rich Handley and Jonathan Wilkins) Star Wars Insider 96 Magazine article September 2007
Aliens in the Empire (with Rich Handley) Star Wars Insider 96 Insider 96 supplement November 2007
Echoes of the Jedi (with Jean-François Boivin) Dawn of Defiance Web supplement April 3, 2008
Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide Star Wars Roleplaying Game Hardcover August 19, 2008
KOTOR Campaign Guide Web Enhancement 5: Karnak Tetsu, Sorcerer of Tund Star Wars Roleplaying Game Web supplement October 8, 2008
Vader's Legacy Unpublished Magazine article Canceled
MyComyc (translation) Comic April 10, 2013
The Droids Re-Animated (with Rich Handley) StarWars.com Web article June 13 and July 5, 2013
Barely Tolerable: Alien Henchmen of the Empire (with Rich Handley) StarWars.com Web article August 8, 2013
Star Wars: The Power of the Force (translation) Comic August 13, 2013
The Imperial Warlords: Despoilers of an Empire (with Dan Wallace) StarWars.com Web article December 5, 2013
SkyeWalkers: A Clone Wars Story StarWars.com Web article March 6, 2015

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A photo of Abel G. Peña was the basis for Joe Corroney's illustration of Halagad Ventor.

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