Name: Adrian Toomes
Occupation: Professional criminal, former electronics
Group Affiliation: Sinister Six
Base of Operations: New York City
First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #2
History: Adrian Toomes, an electronics engineer and
inventor, co-founded the small firm of Bestman and Toomes
Electronics. His business partner, Gregory Bestman, saw
to all administrative affairs. Toomes devoted the bulk
of his time to his pet project: an electromagnetic harness
that would enable its wearer to fly like a bird. However,
this inattention to detail proved disastrous when it came
to light that Bestman had been stealing Toomes' share
of the company's profits.
Physically confronting Bestman, Toomes discovered that exposure
to his electromagnetic harness had granted him superhuman
strength. Still, he was unable to intimidate his opponent,
and Bestman assumed full control of the company in the
wake of his partner's threats. Toomes found himself without
legal recourse: On paper, at least, Bestman was the firm's
sole proprietor. Already an old man, Toomes retired to
a farm in Staten Island on his meager savings. There,
he continued to develop his flying harness. Realizing
the potential for revenge afforded by his groundbreaking
invention and newfound strength, Toomes created the costumed
identity of the Vulture. He ransacked Bestman's office,
hoping to uncover incriminating evidence, then vandalized
and robbed the plant after his search proved unsuccessful.
Attracted by the easy rewards and thrill of thievery,
the Vulture subsequently embarked on a career as a costumed
criminal. Only the incessant intervention of the wisecracking,
web-slinging super hero known as Spider-Man
has prevented the stealthy super-villain from achieving
his lofty objectives.
The high-flying felon fell to an all-time low when cellmate
Blackie Drago became fascinated by his exploits as the
Vulture. Drago befriended Toomes and gained his confidence,
then arranged an "accident" in the prison machine
shop. Toomes suffered injuries that appeared to be fatal.
On his deathbed, the unsuspecting inventor revealed to
Drago the secret location of a second Vulture suit, empowering
him to seek vengeance on Spider-Man.
Drago broke out of prison and adopted the guise of the Vulture,
but lacked the skill and experience necessary to use the
flying harness to its full potential. When Toomes heard
of Drago's downfall at the hands of Spider-Man, his will
to recover surged. He escaped incarceration and returned
to his farm to develop a new, improved flight suit. Toomes
later defeated Drago in one-on-one combat, securing his
claim to the mantle of the Vulture.
Unable to best the wall-crawler on his own, the Vulture
often has sought strength in numbers. Hoping to bring
about Spider-Man's demise, he teamed with the tentacled
terror known as Dr. Octopus,
the shifty Sandman, the
the amped-up Electro and
the renegade big-game hunter called Kraven. However, even
the combined efforts of this Sinister Six proved insufficient
to accomplish what none of the villains could achieve
alone. Their master plan: Pummel the web-slinger relentlessly
until one of them managed to defeat him. The outcome:
Spidey 6, bad guys 0. Subsequent schemes have gone similarly
Having survived cancer and de-aging, the lowdown Vulture
continues to stalk Spider-Man from on high -- hoping his
next score will earn him the handsome reward so far denied
him by his hated foe.
Height: 5 ft. 11 in.
Weight: 175 lbs.
Known Superhuman Powers: None
Weapons: When wearing his electromagnetic harness, the
Vulture possesses superhuman strength, vitality and athletic
prowess. The anti-graviton generator attached to his flight
suit enables him to take to the air by flapping the bird-like
wings he wears under his arms. The Vulture can reach speeds
of up to 95 miles per hour and attain a maximum height
of 11,000 feet.