Toomes is a former electronicsengineer who employs a special harness of his own design that allows him to fly; his flight is directed by a pair of wings worn on his arms. The harness also endows him with enhanced strength and (according to some sources) increases his lifespan. Toomes is quite old, though spry, and is a virtually remorseless killer. On one occasion, he restored his youth through biochemical means, though this wore off after exposure to the corpse of an elementalsuperhuman.
On more than one occasion Toomes has been in league with several other Spider-Man villains in order to destroy the wall crawler. The Vulture has been in every incarnation of the Sinister Six. Recently, he and the Chameleon were part of a plot by the Green Goblin to drive Spider-Man insane by having shapeshiftingandroids impersonate his late mother and father; the sham was revealed and androids were ultimately destroyed, leading the wall-crawler to a brief nervous breakdown.
Toomes' identity as the Vulture has been claimed by imposters on several occasions. The first, "Blackie" Drago, was a prison cellmate of Toomes' who stole the Vulture harness and costume, and was subsequently defeated by Toomes. The second, Professor Clifton Shallot, was a vengeful university professor who mutated himself into a Vulture lookalike; his powers were lost in his first and only battle with Spider-Man. The Vulture technology was later copied by a group of thugs called "The Vulturions"; Toomes defeated these ursurpers as well.
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