Real Name: Robert Hao
Identity/Class: Normal human, unconventional weapons user
Group Membership: Golden Tigers
Affiliations: Ward Meachum
Enemies: Iron Fist (Daniel Rand), Jeryn Hogarth, Misty Knight, Joey Meachum, Colleen Wing
Known Relatives: William Hao (brother)
Aliases: King of Crime
Base of Operations: New York, USA
First Appearance: Iron Fist I#8 (October, 1976)
Powers/Abilities: Hao was highly skilled and trained in the martial arts. He was also a weapons master and used an electrified nunchaku as a deadly weapon to strike with blows of raw power with high accuracy. He also used a mystic crystal to control others' minds through a form of hypnosis.
(Iron Fist I#72 (fb) - BTS) - Since he was a boy, Robert had been trained in the martial arts by his older brother, William. They both lived in Chinatown in New York with William eventually becoming a lawyer while Robert became part of a street gang. Thanks to his willpower and his martial arts abilities, Robert became the leader of the Golden Tigers and took on the name of Chaka Khan.
(Iron Fist I#8 (fb) - BTS) - The Golden Tigers slowly gained more power, eventually controlling every racket from Canal Street to Battery, making shady businesses with corrupt people; Ward Meachum was among them.
(Iron Fist I#8) - Iron Fist stopped one of the Golden Tigers street raids, immediately becoming an enemy of Chaka Khan, who wanted to slay him. Later, when the boss of Maggia Ruffio Costa was arrested, Chaka Khan schemed a plan to take advantage of the power vacuum and take control of every illegal racket in the town. He gathered his gang of thugs to attack the Meachum Building. Cynthia Wu dared propose that her band of girls join to the assault but Chaka Khan slapped her, claiming that women were not worthy to fight and had only to obey.
(Iron Fist I#8 (fb) - BTS) - William Hao, who had secretly followed Cynthia Wu and heard about his brother's plans, was captured by the Golden Tigers.
(Iron Fist I#8) - The day after, Chaka Khan, along with Teng, Chen Wu, Kwai Chang and other warriors, invaded the Meachum Building threatening Ward Meachum and other businesspeople, as well as Joey Meachum, Jeryn Hogarth, Misty Knight and Daniel Rand.
(Iron Fist I#13 (fb) - BTS) - Chaka Khan revealed the illegal activities in which Ward Meachum was involved.
(Iron Fist I#9 (fb)/Power Man & Iron Fist#72 (fb)) - Daniel Rand managed to protect his secret identity and changed into his Iron Fist outfit. After having defeated many members of the Golden Tigers, he confronted Chaka Khan, but he wasn't prepared for his electrified nunchaku. Chaka Khan hit and knocked Rand out with a single blow.
To gain further fame for himself, Chaka Khan wanted the people to know that he had defeated a superhero. He poisoned Iron Fist and let him free. The poison weakened the warrior, who was then tracked down by the Golden Tigers. Meanwhile, Chaka Khan hypnotized his brother, ordering him to wear his Chaka Khan costume, and sent him to fight Iron Fist. If he had killed Iron Fist, William would have been imprisoned instead of Robert.
(Iron Fist I#9/Power Man & Iron Fist#72 (fb)) - Danny Rand succeeded in curing his body using the healing power of the Iron Fist and then defeated William Hao. But Chaka Khan had a back-up plan; hidden on the roof of the duel, Robert managed to hit William with a savage blow from his triple-iron nunchaku.
(Iron Fist I#10/Power Man & Iron Fist#72 (fb)) - The police officers who found William Hao immediately charged Iron Fist with William's apparent murder. However, the hero escaped. In the following week, he, along with Luke Cage, thwarted every activity in which the Golden Tigers were involved, seriously undermining Chaka Khan's authority. Meanwhile, William Hao recovered.
Chaka Khan attacked Misty Knight and Colleen Wing's office to challenge Iron Fist. He easily defeated two women but Iron Fist resisted Chaka Khan's improved electrified nunchaku. When Iron Fist broke the nunchaku, the fight was decided man to man. Chaka Khan proved to be inferior to Iron Fist and was defeated. The police and his brother arrived on the scene and arrested him.
(Power Man & Iron Fist#72 (fb) - BTS) - William used his influence so that Robert would only get a light sentence.
(Power Man & Iron Fist#72) - Still in prison, Robert was visited by William and informed about the new rise of the Golden Tigers and that someone was again wearing the mask of Chaka Khan. Iron Fist and Luke Cage defeated the Golden Tigers and Chaka, who was revealed to be Thomas Arn. Robert laughed after William informed him of this.
Comments: Created by Chris Claremont (writer), John Byrne (pencils) and Dan Adkins (inks).
After Thomas Arn was arrested, Robert Hao had only a year to spend in prison before he would get his parole, so, even with highly dilated Marvel time, he should be a free man by now. I was sure that some months later, another story would reveal Arn to be another pawn (or lackey) of Robert Hao, and that the new Chaka was only a set-up to make Robert Hao's parole easier, or to prepare the field for the return of the real Chaka Khan. However, there is no evidence about a connection between Hao and Arn.
Iron fist vs. Chaka Khan: the Dragon vs. the Tiger. If I remember correctly, in oriental philosophy, the Dragon represents spiritual strength while the Tiger represents physical strength.
The images are taken from the Italian comics, hence the word balloons being in Italian for the main picture.
Chaka's Mystic Crystal and Gypsy's Mind-Jewel (Thor I#246-247 (April-May, 1976) could be made from the Hypnotic Diamonds found in the Upper Amazon of South America from Marvel Comics#1 (October, 1939) "Jungle Terror" in the territory of an English speaking tribe.
Profile by Spidermay.
Chaka Khan, Robert Hao, should not be confused with:
but has no known connections to:
Iron Fist I#9, p7, pan2/3 (triple-iron/Chaka, full body)
Power Man & Iron Fist#72, p22, pan4 (Robert Hao, head shot)
Iron Fist I#9, p3, pan5 (Chaka Khan, side profile)
Iron Fist I#9, p11, pan6 (with mystic crystal)
Iron Fist I#8 (October, 1976) - Chris Claremont (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Dan Adkins (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Iron Fist I#9 (November, 1976) - Chris Claremont (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Frank Chiaramonte (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Iron Fist I#10 (December, 1976) - Chris Claremont (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Dan Adkins (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Power Man & Iron Fist#72 (August, 1981) - Mary Jo Duffy (writer), Kerry Gammill (pencils), Ricardo Villamonte (inks), Christie Scheele (colors), Dennis O'Neil (editor)
First Posted: 03/30/2008
Last updated: 01/14/2014
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