Under command of Doctor Ub'x, the Crabster forces ruled half the galaxy. Ub'x had always been power hungry, and now he charted a new world to conquer: his homeworld, H'lven.
H'lven was a peaceful, low technology world of aboreal creatures. B'rr, Green Lantern of Sector 1014, was killed trying to hold back the invasion. He died too soon to choose a successor.
The natives of H'lven were no match for the Crabsters' might. With acorns against energy weapons, H'lven was defeated by nightfall. Of the few who offered resistance, fewer still survived.
Ch'p had been captured and sentenced to death for resisting the invasion forces. Still rebellious, he would fight to the bitter end.
In his cell, Ch'p was visited by the image of a Guardian of the Universe. The native of H'lven was chosen as a monk without fear, to wield the power of the Green Lantern. Although Ch'p had never heard of the Green Lantern Corps, it has been said elsewhere that many Green Lanterns have been chosen from H'lven. This may have been in their distant past.
The Green Lantern of H'lven quickly defeated the Crabsters, but Doctor Ub'x escaped. Ub'x swore vengeance on Ch'p for his defeat.
Doctor Ub'x would return time and again to battle Ch'p, with each defeat he learned more of his foe's power ring. During one fight, Ub'x had discovered Ch'p's secret identity, and used the information to kidnap Ch'p's girlfriend, M'nn'e. Fortunately, the Green Lantern was too clever for his enemy and freed the damsel in distress.
In time, M'nn'e discovered Ch'p's secret identity, and the two were married.
During Ch'p's career he battled many other villains, Battle Beaver and his boys, the Mole Patrol, Chick Fury and his Eagle Scouts, and the Terrible B'Gul Bears.
[Green Lantern Vol. 2 #203]
Ch'p was ordered by the Guardians of the Universe to evacuate the planet Berrith due to its' unstable sun which was threatening the planet. A hostile world, Berrith had been sealed by the Guardians nearly 2000 years ago. The creatures of Berrith had been denied space travel, and could not escape their world's fate. The Green Lantern of H'lven had doubts about this mission, as his world had been enemies of Berrith. Still, he lived up to his duties, and brought the people of Berrith to safety.
[Green Lantern Vol. 2 #148]
One adventure of Ch'p's was the pursuit and capture of the crew of the pirate-cruiser Blackheart Pogo. Ch'p had found the pirate-cruiser firing on a luxury liner, quickly he disabled the pirates, and turned his attention to the luxury liner. An escape pod from the pirate cruiser struck Ch'p, knocking him senseless while the liner's atmosphere leaked into the void. Ch'p tracked the escape pod through hyperspace to a seedy cantina on the asteroid settlement of Lawrel Hardee XI, where he caught the pirates.
[Green Lantern Vol. 2 #181]
The Green Lantern of H'lven also went on missions as part of the Green Lantern Corps. He was among the almost one hundred Green Lanterns who invaded Qward to destroy the Anti-Green Lantern Corps.
[Green Lantern Vol. 2 #150]
In another adventure, Ch'p joined with Arisia, Arkkis Chummuck, Katma Tui, Tomar-Re and Xax against Maaldor, a powerful extra-dimensional entity. Maaldor's actions depleted the emerald energy of the Green Lanterns, threatening the existence of the Corps.
The Corps defeated Maaldor, but at the cost of Chummuck's life.
[Green Lantern Corps Annual #1]
Ch'p served faithfully during the so-called Crisis on Infinte Earths, despite the catastrophic effect it would have on his life.
[Green Lantern Vol. 2 #198-200, Crisis on Infinite Earths #5, 8]
He was sent with Arisia and Salakk (who he nicknamed "picklehead") to arrest Goldface and Lurlan Dupo. The two villains had killed Green Lanterns in the Battle of the Moon of Qward. They took down Lurlan Dupo easily, but Hal Jordan had to assist in apprehending Goldface. The criminals were brought to Oa, to be imprisoned in Sciencells.
[Green Lantern Vol. 2 #199]
After the Guardians left Oa to be with the Zamarons. With the Sector System abolished, Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Arisia, and Katma Tui would operate from Earth. The Guardians had prophesied Earth would produce the next race to evolve as they in the coming millennium.
Ch'p went back to Sector 1014, to devote his life to making it the third place to evolve to Guardians, perhaps in two thousand years.
[Green Lantern Vol. 2 #200]
He returned to H'lven to find his past was wiped away during the reality altering Crisis. In this changed universe, Ch'p was believed to had died years ago, his wife and best friend, D'll did not know the Green Lantern. His entire sector had been altered.
[Green Lantern Vol. 2 #201]
Unknown to Ch'p, Doctor Ub'x had thrown all his energies into creating a weapon powerful enough to best a Green Lantern. That weapon was the Sucker Stick, fueled by his willpower. The reality changing effects of the Crisis hit, altering all of existence. Doctor Ub'x held the Sucker Stick which protected his awareness. Ub'x was converted to energy, and it would take him awhile to stabilize to his true form.
[Green Lantern Vol. 2 #203]
Ch'p realized his past only existed with the Green Lantern Corps. He found Salakk in route to Earth. Although the Slyggian Green Lantern would not admit it, after working so closely with his fellow Green Lanterns, he was lonely.
The two Green Lanterns joined with the Green Lanterns on Earth, who had in turn been joined by Kilowog of Bolovax Vik, which had been destroyed in the Crisis. Arisia had redesigned the Green Lanterns uniforms, showcasing their differences so the people of Earth could better tell them apart. She soon set to work on the two new arrivals.
[Green Lantern Vol. 2 #201]
The Green Lantern Corps of Earth would first battle a team of super-villains led by Doctor Polaris and Sonar, two old foes of Hal Jordan.
The group returned to battle the Green Lanterns. With each battle, there would be a silent member of the villain's group. The Green Lanterns discovered it was secretly Doctor Ub'x, who had finally returned to his true form. His Sucker Stick defeated the Corps. The first Green Lantern he would kill would be Ch'p.
[Green Lantern Vol. 2 #201-203]
Savoring his triumph, Doctor Ub'x watched as the helpless Ch'p squirmed, calling out in his sleep for his lost life on H'lven. Ub'x realized the Green Lantern had seen the end of the universe, and was one of the last ties to his old life. If he were to kill Ch'p, there would be no one else that remembered his life from before that moment. He would be alone in the universe. Ub'x' willpower faltered for a moment, allowing the Green Lanterns to wake and attack the villains.
Doctor Ub'x was unable to kill the Green Lantern. Ch'p would face his enemy alone. Ub'x was unable to control the power that kept him alive through the Crisis, energy was tearing at his body. Ch'p understood that if Ub'x died, he too would be alone. The Green Lantern saved his onetime enemy. The two called a truce, and became friends.
Dr. Ub'x went to Africa to experiment on the local wildlife, attempting to accelerate their evolution to a sentient species. Ch'p would visit him often.
During one visit with Dr. Ub'x, the two monks were surprised to see Salakk disappear into thin air. With the help of Dr. Ub'x's Sucker Stick, the pair tracked Salakk through time.
[Green Lantern Vol. 2 #213]
The Slyggian had been taken to the 58th century. Salakk's memory had been replaced with the fictitious life of Pol Manning, the head of the Solar Council.
Arriving in the 58th century, Ch'p and Ub'x met the B'rkrs, a group of monks that had evolved from Dr. Ub'x's experiments in the 20th century. One of the B'rkrs, M'rr'y, reminded Ch'p of his lost wife, M'nn'e. The B'rkrs were fighting with the Solar Council for a recognized homeland.
The Solar Council used Pol Manning (Salakk) against the insurrectionists. Ch'p was able to beat his confused friend, and return Salakk's rightful identity.
[Green Lantern Vol. 2 #214]
Arisia and Hal Jordan were called to the future to mediate the war between the Council and the B'rkrs. Ch'p was so caught up in finding monks like himself that he joined the B'rkrs, against his fellow Green Lanterns. Hurt by Ch'p's betrayal, Salakk demanded Ch'p be removed from the Corps.
Salakk and Dr. Ub'x decided they would stay in the future.
Returning to the present, Arisia and Jordan let Ch'p keep his ring. Ch'p returned to H'lven, hoping to win back his wife.
[Green Lantern Vol. 2 #215]
Some time later on Oa, Salakk had returned from the future to warn the Green Lantern Corps of their impending doom. He arrived too late. The trial and execution of Sinestro led to the collapse of the Main Power Battery, and the disintegration of virtually all the power rings in the universe. The powerless Green Lanterns would be returned to their homeworlds. Salakk requested to be sent to H'lven.
[Green Lantern Vol. 2 #222-224]
Ch'p had grown despondent about his life, and was about to hang himself when Salakk arrived. His friend told him of the of the end of the Corps, and his now increased responsibilities as one of the few remaining ring wielders.
[Green Lantern Vol. 2 #223]
Not wanting to lose his friend, Ch'p asked Salakk to stay on H'lven to act as an advisor or consultant. Salakk agreed, and Ch'p brought his Slyggian friend to the annual harvest and nut gathering.
[Green Lantern Vol. 2 #224]
Sometime after, the life on H'lven entered its' natural hibernation period. How long this lasts is unknown. Waking, Ch'p touched the ring to his power battery, and knew the Green Lantern Corps had returned.
He and Salakk went to Oa to ask why Jordan had not sought them out to rejoin the Corps. In the meantime, Ch'p would assist John Stewart in policing the Mosaic Cities.
The road that Stewart had created to connect the different civilizations had been torn up each night the Green Lantern from Earth had slept.
Still dazed from his hibernation, Ch'p was unable to save himself from being killed by an oncoming yellow truck. Stewart felt responsible for this, as he believed he could have saved his friend.
[Green Lantern: Mosaic #2]
For sometime after, Stewart would be visited by the "ghost" of Ch'p, illuminated in a verdant glow. The projection tried to give Stewart a message that he could not understand. It seemed only Stewart could perceive Ch'p.
[Green Lantern: Mosaic #5, Green Lantern: Mosaic #11-#12, #14-#15, #18]
If this was actually Ch'p, or a reflection of the H'lvenite from the green power has never been determined.
Ch'p is memorialized in the Crypts of the Green Lantern Corps on Oa.
[Green Lantern/Sinestro Corps: Secret Files #1]
"In brightest day, in blackest night,
no evil shall escape my sight,
let those who worship evil's might,
beware my power,
Green Lantern's light!"
-Green Lantern Vol. 2 #212
Script: Paul Kupperberg
|CREATIVE TEAM (First Appearance)|
Pencils: Don Newton
Inks: Dan Adkins
Colors: Tony Tollin
Letters: John Costanza
Edits: Dave Manak
One of the few alterations of the GL mythos brought on by the Crisis was the change of Ch'p from a squirrel to a chipmunk. Ch'p returned during the Mosaic series. He had just woke up from hibernation, and seemed to have more of his squirrel-like qualities. Just goes to show you: even the most reality warping events can be cured by a good nap.
Needless to say, this entry is dedicated to KentGL/RobbeeReed, # 1 Ch'p fan. :)