Characters : Vulture II (Blackie Drago)

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Attributes
Eyes

Black

Hair

Black

Height

6' 0"

Weight

210 lbs

Powers
Equipment

The Vulture Suit

Powers

No Innate Powers

Strength Level

In costume: 700lbs, out of costume: Normal

Summary
Citizenship

United States of America

Created By
Current Occupation

Thug

Dual Identity

Publicly known

Education

Unknown, Presumed Minimal

Former Occupation

Thug

Known Confidants

Adrian Toome (Vulture I)

Known Relatives

Unknown

Legal Status

Criminal record in U.S.

Major Enemies

Spider-Man, Vulture I, Kraven

Marital Status

Unknown

Place of Birth

Unknown

Real Name

Blackie Drago

Usual Bases

New York City

Background

In Amazing Spider-Man #48, Blackie Drago adopted the mantle of the Vulture, as a result of tricking his cell-mate, Adrian Toomes, the original Vulture, into telling him there location of his recently re-built costume. Drago arranged for Toomes to have an accident, and then as Toomes lay on his death-bed, Drago promised to use the costume to defeat Spider-Man once and for all.

In fact, he had no such intention. His only goal was to make money, which he attempted to do upon his escape, by performing acts of air-piracy. His fame as New York's greatest villain attracted the attention of Kraven - and in a three way battle between Kraven, Vulture II, and Spider-Man, the eventual winner was our fearless web-head.

Subsequently, in Amazing Spider-Man #63, Blackie and Adrian Toomes (clearly recovered) joined forces to escape, each wearing the Vulture costume. Once they became free, however, Adrian publicly defeated the phony vulture, in order to humiliate him, and regain the recognition he deserved. A humbled Blackie was taken away by the police, vowing "I'm through!! I'll never put these wings on again!"

Drago was a super villain that, once put away, actually stayed away. A rare thing in these days of ninja ceremony resurrections, black magic, slight of hand and accelerated healing factors. He showed up in one panel in a 2005 comic, still in his jail cell. Spidey recognized him as he and the Black Cat were breaking into prison to free Norman Osborn.

Appears In...

May 1967 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #48
Jun 1967 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #49
  Defeated in battle with Spider-Man and Kraven
Aug 1968 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #63
  Defeated by Vulture I

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.