Characters : 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
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.

Appears In...

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

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.