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Bushman (Marvel)
Real Name: Raoul Bushman
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Bushman has no superhuman powers, but he is an expert in guerilla 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.

Bushman was a former 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, tried to save Alruane and his daughter, Bushman beat Spector and left him for dead. It was while lying near death that Spector encountered the spirit of Khonshu and adopted the identity of Moon Knight. In this new guise, Spector defeated Bushman and rescued the Alruanes and their discovered Egyptian gold.

Much later, Bushman would attempt revenge against Spector while he was in the states. Failing that, he set himself up as General and President for life in the African Republic of Burunda. He funded his campaign on coca plant cultivation (for cocaine production). Defeated by Moon Knight once again, Bushman was deposed from his position in Burunda. Still, later, Bushman would engage in a quiet assassination attempt on Russian ambassadors in an attempt to end Glasnost. He was defeated by Moon Knight and taken into police custody where he presumably remains.

Bushman is easily recognized by the white tattooed Death's Head mask on his face and the steel fangs that he sometimes employs. When Bushman appeared in his undercover attempt to assassinate Russian ambassadors, the Death's head tattoo seemed to be gone and it's only remainder a dark, less conspicuous, manta ray-like design on the forehead.

In the 2006 Moon Knight series by Charlie Huston, Bushman is seemingly killed by Moon Knight after a brutal rooftop battle. In an insane attempt to bring their feud to an end, Moon Knight uses the sharp end of his crescent dart to carve off Bushman's face. After this, Spector believes he is continually visited by Khonshu in the form of a faceless Bushman so that he is reminded of "his greatest work".

Bushman was later resurrected by the Hood. After a battle with Moon Knight that left both combatants injured, Moon Knight threatened to carve Bushman's face off again. However, he was stopped by a vision of Khonshu and Bushman's pleas for mercy. Bushman kept his face and was sent to Ravencroft Institute.

After spending time at Ravencroft, Bushman and Sun King joined together in a plot to kill Moon Knight. Using Spector's ex-girlfriend Marlene Alraune as leverage, they were able to capture him. However, Spector freed himself and defeated both villains, cutting off two of Bushman's fingers in the process.


First Appearance: Moon Knight (1980) #1

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Issue Appearances:
Black Widow (2019)
Essential Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe - Update '89 (2006)
Heroic Age: Villains (2011)
Marc Spector: Moon Knight (1989)
Moon Knight (1980)
Moon Knight (1998)
Moon Knight (2006)
Moon Knight (2016)
Moon Knight (2018)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A To Z Update (2010)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1989)
Vengeance of the Moon Knight (2009)

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