Chop Chop was the Blackhawk Squadron's cook.
Chop Chop was a Chinese Nationalist, from the Shangshi Hills region of China, who fled his country for Europe when Imperial Japanese forces invaded. He settled in Jugoslavia and became friends with a British nurse named Ann, but was forced to flee when Nazis bombed the town where they lived. Cobbling together a broken-down old plane, he flew to Blackhawk Island to ask Blackhawk, whom Ann knew, for help. After the mission ended in success, Chop Chop stayed on as Blackhawk Squadron's official cook and unofficial mascot.
Powers and Abilities
- Aviation Before the Second World War was over, Chop Chop learned how to fly the Blackhawk Squadron's aircraft.
- Chemistry Chop Chop developed a powerful new explosive.
- Cooking Chop Chop is a superb cook, most of the time, or a dangerously bad cook when provoked.
- Multilingualism Chop Chop is fluent in the Chinese and Japanese languages as well as several obscure regional Pacific Island dialects, including those of Mailu Island (both modern Mailu and traditional Mailu).
- Music At Blackhawk Squadron sing-alongs, Chop Chop plays the ukulele.
- Singing During their rare interludes of down-time, at the barracks on Blackhawk Island, and more frequently, on their return flights from their many international adventures, it was commonplace for the seven aviators of the Blackhawk Squadron to join their voices in a hearty chorus of their Blackhawk Anthem, often improvising new verses to fit the circumstances of that particular adventure.
- Swordsmanship Chop Chop was trained by Blackhawk, and can easily outfight swordsmen twice his size.
- Throwing: Chop Chop once, while flying an airplane with his other hand, threw a meat cleaver, accurately enough to sever the bonds, but not the hands, of a tied-up Blackhawk.
- Chop Chop was a fully qualified pilot on all three models of Blackhawk warplanes.
- Carries a meat cleaver, and can throw it with deadly accuracy.
- This version of Chop-Chop, including all history and corresponding appearances, was erased from existence following the collapse of the original Multiverse in the 1985–86 Crisis on Infinite Earths limited series. Even though versions of the character may have since appeared, this information does not apply to those versions.
- Comic book stories from the 1940s and 1950s may depict some ethnic and racial prejudices that were once commonplace in American culture. Such depictions were wrong then and are wrong today. While not representing the DC Comics view of today's society, these stories are being indexed and summarized as they were originally created, because to do otherwise would be the same as claiming these prejudices never existed.
- Chop Chop starred in a backup feature from Blackhawk #9 to #95, often featuring other, equally grotesque racial caricatures. The feature was canceled and replaced with an adventure anthology series about historical combat aviators, at the same time Chop-Chop began being drawn more like a normal human being. His foot-long beribboned hair spike was replaced with a normal haircut.
- Also at that time Chop Chop's outlandish ethnic speaking pattern became somewhat less heavy, but still persisted. It was established at least once in the main Blackhawk continuity that Chop Chop actually could speak normal English, although it is not explained why he almost never did so.
- Chop Chop grew up in the Shangshi Hills region of China, many years before he met the Blackhawks, and is very familiar with the composition of the local soil.
- Like any other Blackhawk, Chop Chop has had his share of injuries. He's been shot down twice, and been in at least six plane crashes. He's had at least three gunshot wounds, and at least ten concussions. In 1942 he was tortured on a medieval rack, and later was burned badly enough to require hospitalization.
- Chop Chop's sister Chin Lee lives in a U.S. city and has at least three children.
- In the Post-Crisis DC Universe, this version of the character appeared in-universe in a comic book adaptation of the Blackhawks, which Weng Chan found infuriatingly insulting to him.
- In his own solo stories, Chop Chop was usually portrayed as a complete buffoon, but in the Blackhawk stories he's an expert at everything and a deadly combatant to boot.
- 201 Appearances of Chop Chop (Quality Universe)
- 5 Images featuring Chop Chop (Quality Universe)
- 5 Quotations by or about Chop Chop (Quality Universe)
- Character Gallery: Chop Chop (Quality Universe)
- Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #2 (Blackhawk Squadron profile page)
- Blackhawk #30
- Military Comics #3
- Modern Comics #98
- Blackhawk #43
- Blackhawk #34
- Military Comics #25, page 10, panel 2
- Modern Comics #50
- Military Comics #8
- Blackhawk #96
- Blackhawk #43 3rd story
- Military Comics #14 & Blackhawk #18
- Military Comics #3, Modern Comics #45, Modern Comics #61, Blackhawk #80, Blackhawk #81, & Blackhawk #88
- Military Comics #22, Blackhawk #43 1st story, & Blackhawk #84 4th story
- Blackhawk #12, Modern Comics #58, Modern Comics #62, Blackhawk #17, Modern Comics #67, Blackhawk #19, Blackhawk #30, Blackhawk #33, Blackhawk #43 & Blackhawk #65
- Military Comics #5
- Blackhawk #67