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Wu Cheng was a young Chinese pilot and member of the Blackhawk Squadron.

For some time, Wu Cheng served in his civilian clothes as part of this unit such as in undercover missions. However, after some time, he grew dissatisfied with his implicitly inferior status, and relations with the rest of the unit were strained. When his fellows asked what was the matter, Wu Cheng gave a full accounting of his grievance and the Blackhawks realized to their embarrassment what they thoughtlessly had done. To make amends, the Blackhawks bestowed a standard uniform and his own plane with considerable ceremony to Wu Cheng, as a full member of their organization.[1]

When the team adopted "secret identities" in the late '60s, Chop Chop combined his martial arts skills with titanium gloves to become Dr. Hands.[2]

In the '70s, the nick-name "Chop Chop," which some considered offensive, was changed to Chopper. Chopper was the chief test pilot for the Cunningham Aircraft company.[3]


  • Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-One era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985–86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and should be considered apocryphal.
  • Starting with the 5th panel of the 6th page of the 1st story of Blackhawk #108, continuing as it was in the earlier editions, "Chop Chop" is still two un-hyphenated words, not "Chop-Chop."
  • However, starting with the 1st panel of the 1st page of the 2nd story of the same issue, it is spelled "Chop-Chop."
  • For this reason, among many others, it is broadly agreed that Blackhawk is confusing.
  • In Blackhawk #203, Chop Chop is given an origin as a resistance fighter named White Dragon (real name Liu Huang). This tale was later retconned away when Mark Evanier's reboot gave him the name Wu Cheng.[4]
  • Starting with the first DC issue of Blackhawk, Chop Chop's comical accent became a bit less ridiculous. He still used expressions like "Golly Wollies!" and "Wobbly Woes!" and sometimes still pronounced his 'R's as 'L's, and his 'L's as 'R's, but he also often did not.[5]



  1. Blackhawk #265
  2. Blackhawk #230
  3. Blackhawk #244
  4. Absolute Crisis on Infinite Earths, Earth-Thirty-Two entry
  5. Blackhawk #108 story 2, page 7, panel 4