William Hao as Chaka Khan

CHAKA KHAN

Real Name: William Hao

Identity/Class: Normal human, unconventional weapon user

Occupation: Assistant District Attorney

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Thunderbolt (Bill Carver), Iron Fist (Daniel Rand), Blake Tower, Misty Knight, Colleen Wing, Power Man (Luke Cage), Lieutenant Rafael Scarfe

EnemiesGolden Tigers, Chaka Khan (Robert Hao), Chaka (Thomas Arn)

Known RelativesRobert Hao (brother), unseen wife and children

Aliases: Bill

Base of Operations: New York, USA

First Appearance: Iron Fist I#8 (October, 1976)

Powers/Abilities: William was a very good fighter with a good knowledge of martial arts. Under hypnosis, his dormant skills were awakened to their peak levels. He knew how to proficiently use a triple-iron electrified nunchaku and probably also used other oriental weapons.

William Hao

History

(Power Man & Iron Fist#72 (fb) - BTS) - William Hao grew up in Chinatown in New York with his brother, Robert, and their family. William followed the way of the martial arts and taught them to Robert. He abandoned martial arts to devote more of his time to studying law. He was proud to be Chinese and, after college and a stint in the Army, William moved back to Chinatown, where he settled again with his family.

(Power Man & Iron Fist#61) - Hao became Assistant District Attorney and met Bill Carver, and the two soon became good friends.

(Iron Fist I#8) - One summer, Bill learnt of the Golden Tigers' raids and decided to investigate on his own. He knew that the Golden Tigers' Khan was his brother Robert. Hao secretly followed Cynthia Wu and found the Golden Tigers' hideout, but was unfortunately spotted and captured.

(Iron Fist I#9) - Robert hypnotized William to have him impersonate Chaka Khan, then sent him to kill Iron Fist, who was a threat for the Golden Tigers. William found Iron Fist, weakened and poisoned, and almost beat him in a duel, but the fist of iron saved Rand, healing him and smacking William away. Hidden, the real Chaka Khan struck the false Chaka with his triple-iron, apparently killing him. Iron Fist was charged of the murder. The previous year, Rand had been the prime suspect in the investigation into Harold Meachum's murder, so the police immediately started pursuing him.

(Iron Fist I#10) - William Hao's martial art training saved him. After a few days, he awakened from unconsciousness and informed the police. When Iron Fist succeeded in luring Chaka Khan outside his base and defeated him, William charged his brother of his crimes. Chaka Khan was arrested and the Golden Tigers disbanded.

(Iron Fist I#12 (fb) - BTS) - The Daily Bugle printed the withdrawal about William Hao's death.

(Iron Fist I#15 (fb)) - Bill Hao and Blake Tower convinced Misty Knight to become Maya Korday and spy on Bushmaster's criminal organization.

(Power Man & Iron Fist#72 (fb) - BTS) - Using his influence as D.A., Bill Hao was able to get Robert get a light sentence.

(Power Man & Iron Fist#61) - At the N.Y.P.D.'s 68th precinct, Misty Knight and Colleen Wing gave a statement to Hao about a case followed by his office. Thunderbolt and Iron Fist showed up and were investigating Caesar Cicero.

(Power Man & Iron Fist I#69/2) - William Hao was ready to prosecute any bad guy caught by Power Man and Iron Fist.

(Power Man & Iron Fist#72) - With the Golden Tigers formed anew by another Chaka (Thomas Arn), Bill tried to help Iron Fist and Power Man in finding the criminal. He visited Robert in prison looking for clues, but was unable to find any. Further theories were debated and followed by Hao, including a suggestion from Cage, who suspected the Lindon Street Association to be behind the Tigers, but there was no evidence to back that theory. However, Chaka knew that Hao's investigations were a danger to him and so he sent several members of the Golden Tigers to torture and kill him. Hao was ambushed at home. He managed to hold back a couple of the attackers but eventually he was injured; only Iron Fist and Power Man's arrival saved his life. Chaka then showed up, felled Power Man and let his lackeys escape, vowing revenge.

    A week later, Power Man and Iron Fist captured Chaka. Several days later, William was happy to confirm to his brother that he could get his parole in a year.

(Power Man & Iron Fist#83) - Iron Fist was badly beaten in a fight with Warhawk. Hao went to visit him in hospital and offered Luke Cage any help that he might need to capture the madman, who was ravaging Chinatown. Days later, Hao was present with Lt. Scarfe at the siege of Warhawk's hideout where he saw Luke Cage defeat Warhawk.

Comments: Created by Chris Claremont (writer), John Byrne (pencils) and Dan Adkins (inks).

Afterward, every time that William spoke of his brother, he had an excessive and violent reaction to Luke Cage's comments about Robert. Was this overly defensive behavior about his brother? Racism? Mental control? 

Profile by Spidermay.

CLARIFICATIONS:
This Chaka Khan, William Hao, should not be confused with:

and has no known connections to:


images: (without ads)
Iron Fist I#9, p17, pan3 (main image)
Power Man & Iron Fist#72, p5, pan6 (head shot)
Power Man & Iron Fist#69, p21, pan4 (Bill as D.A.)


Other Appearances:
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)
Iron Fist I#15 (September, 1977) -
Chris Claremont (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Dan Adkins (inks), Bruce Patterson (colors), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Power Man & Iron Fist#61 (February, 1980) - Mary Jo Duffy (writer), Kerry Gammill (pencils), Bruce Patterson (inks), George Roussos (colors), Roger Stern (editor)
Power Man & Iron Fist#69/2 (May, 1981) - Mary Jo Duffy (script), Steven Grant (plot), Alan Weiss (pencils), Ricardo Villamonte (inks), Ben Sean (colors), Dennis O'Neil (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)
Power Man & Iron Fist#83 (July, 1982) - Mary Jo Duffy (writer), Denys Cowan (pencils), Carl Potts and Joe Chiodo (inks), Christie Scheele (colors), Dennis O'Neil (editor)


Last updated: 03/22/08

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