Alias: Adrian Toomes
Designation: Artificially Enhanced
Powers: Temporary/Limited Levitation; Augmented Strength level (700 lbs)
Team: The Sinister Six
This Incarnation: Classic
First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #2
Adrian Toomes used his intelligence to become an electrical engineer and inventor, which led him to co-found the small firm of Bestman and Toomes Electronics. There, Toomes devoted the bulk of his time to his pet project: an electromagnetic harness that would enable its wearer to fly like a bird. During this time Bestman had been stealing Toomes' share of the company's profits and eventually assumed full control of the company. But Toomes also discovered that exposure to his electromagnetic harness had granted him superhuman strength. 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 new-found 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 and became a founding member of The Sinister Six.
Toomes was later diagnosed with cancer, caused by frequent exposure to the essentials needed to power his flying apparatus.
Under the tutelage of Al Kraven, the son of Kraven the Hunter, Toomes briefly attempted a stint at heroism but before long he returned to the other side of the law.
Superhero Squad Edit
Vulture currently has appeared in the Superhero Squad line two times:
- In a light green version of his classic costume in the Spider-Man and Vulture 2-Pack
- In a dark green version of his classic costume in the Spider-Man and Vulture 2-Pack