Bushman (comics)

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Bushman
MOONKN4.jpg
Cover art for Moon Knight (vol. 3) #4.
Art by David Finch.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Moon Knight (1st series) #1 (Nov 1980)
Created by Doug Moench
In-story information
Alter ego Raoul Bushman
Notable aliases Roald Bushman
Abilities Peak human physical condition
Razor-sharp metal teeth
Carries various weapons

Raoul Bushman is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is the oldest nemesis of Marc Spector, whose secret identity is Moon Knight. He is interchangeably also known as Roald Bushman.

Publication history[edit]

Bushman's first appearance was in Moon Knight (1st series) #1 (November 1980), and he was created by Doug Moench.

The character subsequently appears in Moon Knight #9-10 (July–August 1981), Marc Spector: Moon Knight #1-3 (June–August 1989), #11-16 (February–July 1990), #37 (April 1992), Moon Knight: Resurrection War #1 (January 1998), #3-4 (March–April 1998), Moon Knight Vol. 3 #2-3 (July–August 2006), #6 (November 2006) and #10 (July 2007) and Vengeance of the Moon Knight #3-6 (November 2009-March 2010).

Bushman received an entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update '89 #1.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Bushman worked as a mercenary in the Sudan with Spector as his former right-hand man. Bushman and his men came upon Dr. Peter Alruane and his daughter Marlene and attempted to kill both in order to steal the Egyptian gold Alruane had discovered. When Spector, disgusted by Bushman's senseless murder, tries to save Alruane and his daughter, Bushman kills Peter Alruane, then beats Spector to the brink of death. It is while lying near death that Spector encounters the spirit of Khonshu and adopts the identity of Moon Knight. In this new guise, Spector defeats Bushman. He also rescues the Alruanes and their discovered Egyptian gold.[1] Eventually Moon Knight confronts Bushman and carves off his face before killing him.[2]

Return[edit]

Bushman is supernaturally resurrected by the criminal overlord The Hood using Dormammu's powers. He recruits Ghost Rider foe The Scarecrow, to break into Ravencroft. They lobotomize the patients to create an army.[3] Moon Knight is able to stop the army and tracks down Bushman. Khonshu demands that Moon Knight sacrifice Bushman for him, but Moon Knight refuses to kill him again. Bushman is last seem in a straight jacket in a mental asylum.[4]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Bushman has no superhuman powers, but he is an expert in guerrilla warfare and highly proficient in the use of most conventional firearms. He has peak human physical strength and is highly athletic and agile. He sometimes uses metal teeth so that in hand-to-hand combat he can draw his enemy in close to him to tear the enemy apart with his teeth.

Video games[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Moon Knight vol. 1 #1
  2. ^ Moon Knight Volume 3, #2
  3. ^ Vengeance of the Moon Knight #3
  4. ^ Vengeance of the Moon Knight #6
  5. ^ "Moon Knight Joins Marvel Pinball: Vengeance and Virtue". www.marvel.com. Retrieved 2016-04-18.