Chopper (a.k.a. Marlon Shakespeare) is a fictional character in British comics 2000 AD and the Judge Dredd Megazine. He was created by John Wagner and Ron Smith (with a redesign for his Midnight Surfer persona by Cam Kennedy) and has appeared in numerous Judge Dredd stories, including “Oz”, and has his own eponymous series.
The concept and name comes from a fan letter to 2000 AD, which was signed off “From Chopper”. Wagner says “there was something about the lad we [him and Grant] liked and we put some of his character into Chopper”.
First appearance 2000 AD #206 (1981).