Richard Ruby, aka Bulletman, The Human Bullet, was a member of the Adventure Team and a former Navy SEAL and test pilot. Through the use of his bullet suit, he had the ability to fly and plow through objects like, well, a bullet. After the Adventure Team was retired, Ruby went on to pursue his true dream: acting!
His nom de guerre is sometimes spelled Bullet Man.
Richard Ruby was born in Clyde, Ohio. As a young man, Ruby wanted to be a star, but he knew such a dream was unlikely in his hometown, opting instead to join U.S. Navy as an aviator and he was later recruited to SEAL Team Six. After being honorably discharged from service, Ruby became a a test pilot for Wolf Avionics, which led to his his first gig in Hollywood. He served as a stunt pilot for Hollywood movies, most notably the works of director Meyer Wallenstein.
While working on J.J. Hackensack's Space Battle, Ruby met Solomon Galt of International Effects Limited. The two worked together to develop an aerodynamic personal jetpack system with high-impact damage resistant metals (which would later become known as the bullet suit.) Ruby took the jetpack to California's Sierra Nevada mountains to begin testing. However, when runoff from a heavy winter's snow threatened the nearby town of Poverty Flat, Ruby sprung into action, creating a makeshift dam and saving the town in the process.
Adventure Team members Joe Colton and Mike Power took notice of Ruby's heroism and recruited him to the team. Ruby took the name "Bulletman," serving as the final member of the "Super" Adventure Team. During this time Ruby, became good friends with Mike Power.
During the Adventure Team's mission to rescue Garrison Kreiger at the Tomb of Amtoltec, Stalker and Mayhem called Bulletman and Atomic Man in for help with the robotic mummies. The pair of enhanced heroes took the robots out with ease, showboating for the "normal soldiers". After Joe called the team for help against Soundwave, Bulletman attacked the Decepticon by plowing into his chest. After Soundwave retreated, Ruby noticed how much interest Kreiger took in the mysterious Talisman the team had unearthed.
After Mike Power's death, the Adventure Team was disbanded. Ruby tried to pursue an acting career, but stayed on in the armed forces, helping Clayton Abernathy recruit members to their successor unit. He aslo began making public appearances in his Bulletman uniform as the Adventure Team's public face, appearing on numerous talk shows and celebrity game shows.
He became one of the contestants on the reality TV series Survival Extreme, ending up in the final round of the show along with former supermodel Courtney Krieger. During filming, while shooting on an island near Nanzhao, the cast and crew were attacked by pirates. After being saved by Courtney, Richard helped her take down the rest of them. He was impressed with how she was able to fight off the pirates and suggested that if she ever wanted a career change, she should talk to a guy named "Hawk".
After the media coverage of the Survival Extreme incident, Ruby got several movie offers (one of which earned him a Golden Globe nomination) and has maintained a steady stream of appearances in low-budget action movies. Ian Noble, Ayana Jones, and Garrison Blackrock, masquerading as a group of movie producers looking to turn one of his Adventure Team stories into a movie. When asked what happened to Kreiger, Ruby said that he killed Mike Power. Ian then asked if he had ever heard of Baron Ironblood, to which Ruby simply responded that he "doesn't do superhero movies anymore" before returning to set.While shooting a movie, Ruby was approached by
These are a few of the known films and TV shows that Richard Ruby worked on:
- The original Bulletman toy seems to be based on the Golden Age Fawcett Comics superhero of the same name, right down to a silver bullet-shaped helmet and red outfit.
- Bulletman's true identity was never given until the third volume of IDW's G.I. Joe gave him the name of Richard Ruby.
- In "Secret Raiders", Bulletman is seen next to Mike Power, the Atomic Man. This is likely a reference to the fact that the original characters formed the “Super Adventure Team”. This team name was later referenced in the character's Hasbro Heroes Sourcebook bio.
- Bulletman's name is rendered as "Bullet Man" in his Sourcebook entry, likely for trademark reasons.