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 Spider-Man Encyclopedia  - Spider-Man Villains - Vulture

The Vulture was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in The Amazing Spider-Man #2 (May 1963). In the beginning the Vulture was an elder villain with wings he could us to fly with. Adrian Toomes is a former electronics engineer.

The Vulture has been in every incarnation of the Sinister Six, and appeared in the Sinister Twelve. He has a strong friendship with fellow villain Electro; the two of them nearly beat Spider-Man to death.


The Vulture once stumbled across a plot by the Chameleon and the Green Goblin to drive Spider-Man insane by having shape shifting androids impersonate his late mother and father; due to Toomes' interference, the androids were destroyed, leading the wall-crawler to a brief nervous breakdown.

The Vulture absorbed the artificial life force from the Mary Parker android, and the effect on the Vulture was twofold; not only did he become a young man again, but he was instantly cured of the cancer that had been slowly killing him for some time. (The Vulture has since reverted to an old man once again.)
 

Toomes' identity as the Vulture has been claimed by imposters on several occasions. Blackie Drago and Professor Clifton Shallot are some of them. The Vulture technology was later copied by a group of thugs called "The Vulturions"; Toomes defeated these usurpers as well. Also, Toomes himself was not the first comic villain to use the name. In the 1941 comic Doll Man Quarterly, a robber named the Vulture used his pet vultures carrying bombs to commit crimes.

During the Civil War, he was apprehended along with the Grim Reaper and the Trapster, by Captain America and his growing Resistance, who chained him together with Grim Reaper to a pole and broke his nose. 

After Spider-Man goes rogue, Toomes is seen in a S.H.I.E.L.D prison cell speaking with agent Jamie Madrox, and commenting on Spider-Man's inherent weakness, that being his unwillingness to use his powers for personal gain. S.H.I.E.L.D. then returns his flying harness and encourages him to hunt down Spider-Man, saying that he "is now an outlaw, same as you."

Cartoon Appearances

The Vulture's first appearance outside the comics was in the 1960s Spider-Man animated series, where he appeared in two episodes. The Vulture in this series seems to be based on the second Vulture (Blackie Drago) rather than the original Adrian Toomes Vulture (for one thing, the Vulture in this series wears a helmet like Drago did).
The Vulture later appeared in the 1981 Spider-Man animated series episode The Vulture Has Landed.
In the animated Spider-Man series (1994-1998), Adrian Toomes (the Vulture) was voiced by Eddie Albert. In his first three appearances in Ravages of Time, Shriek of the Vulture and The Final Nightmare, he is an old person. Later, he used the Vulture talons to suck youth out of people to make him young (when young, he was voiced by Alan Johnson). In The Final Nightmare, Vulture got Spider-Man's mutation disease. At the lab, Dr. Connors tricked him to hold on to his disease, which causes him to lose control of his youth. Then, Vulture keep changing from his young to old self. In Partners, he gets control of his transformation. In the Six Forgotten Warriors, part 1-5, Vulture became a member of the Insidious Six, replacing Mysterio, who was originally a member but died in an earlier episode.
In the Spider-Man Unlimited animated  series, a Counter-Earth version of the Vulture appeared and voiced by Scott McNeil. Like the Counter Earth Green Goblin, this version of the Vulture is a hero instead of a villain and also like the Counter-Earth Goblin, he first mistaken Spider-Man as a villain. It is explained the Vulture was a human who got Beastial powers, hanging out with Beastials and disrespecting humans, while he was also playing with one. When he caused his human friend trouble, he hated the High Evolutionary for what he did and rebelled against him.