Vulture III (Dr. Clifton Shallot)

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Attributes
Eyes:

Brown/Black

Features:

As Vulture, has hooked nose, sharp teeth and claws

Hair:

Patchy Grey (Bald as Vulture)

Height:

5'11"

Weight:

190 lbs

Powers
Abilities:

Expert in bio-mutations.

Equipment:

Vulture's wings.

Limitations:

Mentally unstable.

Powers:

When bio-mutated, has sharp teeth, powerful claws, and wings.

Strength Level:

When bio-mutated, very high.

Weapons:

Teeth and claws.

Summary
Citizenship:

French national? U.S. resident.

Created By:

Gerry Conway, Ross Andru, Frank Giacoia, David Hunt

Current Occupation:

Prisoner

Dual Identity:

Known to police

Education:

Doctorate in Bio-Mutation

Former Occupation:

Professor of Bio-Mutation

Legal Status:

Criminal record in U.S.

Major Enemies:

Spider-Man

Marital Status:

Unknown

Place of Birth:

Unknown

Real Name:

Dr. Clifton Shallot

Usual Bases:

New York City

Background

The third man to wear Adrian Toomes's wings was Dr. Clifton Shallot. A professor at ESU, he was an expert in bio-mutation. He initiated a project which involved the Vultures wings and costume, which he requisitioned from the State Prison Authority.

When one of his courses was canceled by the university trustees, something snapped in the doctor's head, and so he underwent the final stage of the mutation himself. The result was a change in Shallot which no amount of expertise and practice could do for Toomes: his face, teeth, and fingernails mutated, and for a short time, the wings became part of his body.

He then went on a mission to destroy the woman who knew of his secret, Christine Murrow, his lab assistant. He went to her apartment to kill her and mistook her room mate, Gloria, for Christine. Mary Jane was a witness to the murder (she lived in the same apartment building as Christine and Gloria), and also became a target. Shallot attacked Mary Jane at ESU while Flash Thompson was dropping off her and Peter in his car. Mary Jane was momentarily taken and Flash crashed into a telephone pole. Spider-Man saved MJ and Christine from the Vulture.

Shallot discovered that the mutation was reversible, with the appropriate chemicals and he took to stealing them. This link provided to be the clue for Spider-Man to determine the new Vulture's true identity and eventually track him down. In the meantime, Shallot tried again to kill Mary Jane, as she was leaving to confess what she witnessed to the police. Spidey scared Vulture away and later found him with Christine. She had promised to help him to save her own skin. She even managed to get her room mate killed, as they often shared clothing. Christine had hoped to trick Shallot into thinking she was dead by letting him kill Gloria Jenkins.

Vulture was stopped by Spidey pouring an antidote down his throat. Dr. Shallot is presumably still serving his sentence for murder.

Appearances

Cover Date Appearance Information
Dec 1973 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #127
Jan 1974 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #128
  Origin in Flashback
Jan 1974 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #128

Thanks To

 The assistance of the Marvel Chronology Project is gratefully acknowledged.

 Some of the above information is extracted from the various versions of the Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe and the more recent Marvel Encyclopaedias.