Real Name: Unrevealed, possibly C'haaj
Identity/Class: Human martial artist
Occupation: Martial arts trainer, owner of Master C'haaj Martial Arts Extravaganza
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Trained Count Macho, Howard the Duck, many others
Enemies: Count Macho
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Master C'haaj Martial Arts Extravaganza, 7014 Oak Street (at corner Elm), Cleveland, Ohio...or maybe it's all in the mind, man!
First Appearance: Howard the Duck I#3 (May 1976)
Powers/Abilities: C'haaj possesses a mastery of the martial arts and is skilled in training others in that discipline. He trains others in Kung Fu, Karate, T'ai Chi, Aikido, Quak Fu, and even Eastern proverbs for all occasions.
History: Master C'haaj's origins are unknown, though he has had extensive training in various martial arts disciplines.
(Howard the Duck I#3 (fb) - BTS) - C'haaj opened a training facility in Cleveland. Those who graduated from his program received a certain medallion...for only $5.98.
(Howard the Duck I#3 (fb) - BTS) - C'haaj trained Count Macho, who went on to abuse his skills.
(Howard the Duck I#3) - After an encounter with Macho, Howard the Duck sought out his own martial arts training to take Macho down. He happened to visit C'haaj, learning that he was the one who had trained Macho. C'haaj decided that Macho must learn one lesson more and that Howard should be the one to teach him. After a series of metaphysical exercises, C'haaj then trained Howard in physical skills. C'haaj congratulated Howard as his will to achieve had enabled him to complete a lifetime of study in a mere three hours and seventeen minutes. C'haaj then gave Howard his medallion, as well as a silken robe, rechristening Howard "Shang-Op," meaning the "Rising and Advancing of a Duck," whose flashing feathered fingers and indomitable courage made him--Master of Quak Fu.
After admiring his new garb, Howard turned to find himself back in the Lavender Flamingo bookstore (where he had seen the advertisement for Master C'haaj). Howard wondered if he had fantasized the whole thing, but then realized that he still wore the robe and medallion C'haaj had given him.
Howard used his training to stop Count Macho.
Comments: Created by Steve Gerber, John Buscema, and Steve Leialoha.
Profile by Snood.
No known connection to:
Master Kee (Kee) - trained Sons of the Tiger and Harmony Killdragon--Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #1
too many "Master" characters to list, but C'haaj ain't related to any of them
Howard the Duck I#3 (cover)
p22, panel 2 (face + medallion)
p15, panel 5 (ad)
p22, panel 5 (Shang-Op)
Last updated: 08/14/04
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