The Vultures

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The Vultures
First appearance: "The Vultures"
Created by: Lee Falk & Sy Barry

The Vultures is a centuries-old criminal organization, and arch-enemies of the Phantom. They made their first appearance in the Phantom story "The Vultures" from 1971. They are easily recognized by that they all have shaved off their hair and tattooed a V on their forehead.


According to the Newspaper strip

According to Avon novels

The Vultures are a branch of Hydra. The Hydra Monster

According to Team Fantomen

The 4th Phantom was the first Phantom to encounter the Vultures. The Magic Flute

In 1887, the 17th Phantom referred to the Vultures as a branch of Hydra. The Orient Express Pt 1

Behind the scenes

In Swedish they are called "Vråkarna" ("The Buzzards") so that their name would begin with V. In Swedish, "the vultures" is translated to "gamarna".

In Norway they are called "Gribbene" ("The Vultures") or "Musevåkene" ("The Buzzards").


This list of appearances is considered to be complete, with reservations for the possibility of mistakes.

Daily and Sunday stories

Title Writer Artist Comments
"The Vultures" Falk Barry

Avon stories stories

Title Writer Artist Comments
"The Hydra Monster" Shawn N/A

Team Fantomen stories

Title Writer Artist Set in Comments
"The Magic Flute" Avenell Lindahl December 1632
"The Orient Express, Part 1" Worker Vallvé 1887
"The Orient Express, Part 2" Worker Vallvé 1887
"Vultures Over Vacul" Bull Vallvé 1908
"The Wolfman of Montargis" Worker Lindahl 1908 in flashback only, rest of the story in present
"Revenge of the Vultures" Granberg Wilhelmsson present
"Atomic Terror" Eklund Wilhelmsson, Eralp present
"The 22nd Phantom, Part 2" Lindahl Lindahl present
"Rodia - Twilight Reimerthi Felmang present
"Invisible Eyes" Reimerthi Bade present
"1943, Part 2" John Rassy Alex Saviuk 1943
"The Fight Against Singh, Part 4: A Family Affair" Reimerthi Ordon present
Reimerthi Ordon present

Frew stories

Title Writer Artist Set in Comments
"Saga of the Vultures Chapter One: The Haunted Castle" Andersson Spay 1634  
"Saga of the Vultures Chapter Two: The First Vulture" Andersson Spay 1634  
"Saga of the Vultures Chapter Three: The Sinister Baron" Andersson Spay 1634  
"Requiem" Andersson Cavalcanti 1916