- Real Name: Raniero Drago
- AKA: Blackie Drago
- Base of Operation: –
- Identity: No dual identity
- Citizenship: American
- Occupation: Criminal
- Height: 6′ 0″
- Weight: 210 lbs (95 kg)
- Eyes: Brown
- Hair: Black
- Origin: Human
- Universe: Marvel Prime (Earth-616)
According to legend, he was created because Stan Lee was afraid of what people would think of the young Spider-man beating up an old man like the Vulture. He eventually changed his mind. Introduced in Amazing Spider-Man #48 (1967), Raniero Drago, more commonly known as Blackie Drago, was the cellmate of Adrian Toomes. Blackie tricked Toomes to tell him where the Vulture suit was by having Toomes believe he was dying. Blackie eventually escaped prison and collected the suit and became the new Vulture. He eventually battled Spider-man and Kraven and was sent back to prison. He later worked together with Toomes and escaped prison but this was a trick by Toomes to prove he was a better Vulture. The two battled and Toomes won. Blackie gave up the suit and vowed never to wear it again and was shunted off to prison. There he would remain to this day, only making a cameo in the same prison as Norman Osborn during the Sinister Twelve arc.
And that’s pretty much it. While he is a short lived character, his time as Vulture is fondly remember and has influenced many other works. He was the main Vulture in the 60’s cartoon (from where that infamous “The Boys” meme came from) as well as influencing the Ultimate and M2C universes. But as important as he is, it was nearly impossible to think that any company would make him until Hasbro revealed that their Vulture figure will come with his head.
Recommend Figure: Hasbro Marvel Legends –
- When Blackie took over the Vulture role he first just wore the suit but eventually added a helmet that would become his signature look.
- Why you need it for your collection?:
- This is not something that everybody would want as he hasn’t been in comics for decades. Hell not even hardcore Spidey collectors mightn’t want him. However, he is a nice addition and if you already have the Toybiz version, you can use the Hasbro version for this. That or to recreate the memes.
- Does it need a remake?:
Below you will find a gallery of suits that still need to be made. I have included what I think are the possibilities of them being made. Note that these are my personal opinions and not fact. Please let me know if I have missed anything.
None at the moment
Stan Lee | John Romita, Sr.
Other Blackie Drago – Ultimate
Other Vultures – Toomes | MCU
Kravn the Hunter | Spider-man | Vulture