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  • Ethnic Scrappy:
    • Chop-Chop. Began life as a short, fat, violent comic-relief character who looked nothing like any other human, more resembling a ball with a giant, cartoon face attached. His portrayal got gradually better over the years, and by the Silver Age, he was recognizably human (albeit with some stereotypical elements remaining.)
    • Ever since Post-Crisis, Wu Cheng essentially looks like a far-East Clark Gable with a standard uniform who is furious at being depicted as a stereotype in the comics about them.
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  • First Installment Wins: The original lineup consisting of Blackhawk, André Blanc Dumont, Olaf Bjornson, Chuck Wilson, Hans Hendrickson, Stanislaus, Chop-Chop, and Zinda Blake are the one people think the most when the comicbook is mentioned.
  • My Real Daddy: Blackhawk was created by Will Eisner, Chuck Cuidera, and Bob Powell, but the Golden Age Blackhawk is most often associated with artist Reed Crandall.
  • Smurfette Breakout: Both versions of Lady Blackhawk are more well known than their respective squad members. Zinda Blake, especially, as she became a prominent Birds of Prey member during the 2000s.
  • "We Are Still Relevant, Dammit!": The Blackhawk series increasingly seemed an anachronism in the comics world of the mid-1960s, and DC struggled to make Blackhawk "relevant" during the time of Batmania. DC's solution? Give them new superhero identities! This idea later got given a Discontinuity Nod in JLA Year One, where they're shown donning these costumes to stay relevant now that the Justice League of America is on the scene, only to decide it's a terrible idea within minutes. Nevertheless, André became M'sieunote  Machine, Chop-Chop became Dr. Hands, Chuck became The Listener, Hendrickson became The Weapons Master, Olaf became The Leaper, and Stanislaus was renamed The Golden Centurion.
    • Blackhawk himself managed to avoid the embarrassment of changing. Mere words cannot express the suck of this "new direction."See it here, if you dare. (He was briefly known as The Big Eye, but didn't have an outlandish outfit.)


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