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448: X-Men #19 (v1)

" Lo! Now Shall Appear -- The Mimic! "
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X-Men #19 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Werner Roth
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Jay Gavin
Inkers: Dick Ayers
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: April 1966
Release Date: February 1966
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 751                 Times Rated: 395
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Calvin Rankin, the Mimic, has the powers to duplicate anyone's abilities when near them, even mutants, and Rankin wants to make his ability acquisition permanent.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Cyclops last appeared in X-Men #18 (v1). Cyclops next appears in X-Men #20 (v1).
  Marvel Girl
Marvel Girl last appeared in X-Men #18 (v1). Marvel Girl next appears in X-Men #20 (v1).
Angel last appeared in X-Men #18 (v1). Angel next appears in X-Men #20 (v1).
Beast last appeared in X-Men #18 (v1). Beast next appears in X-Men #20 (v1).
Iceman last appeared in X-Men #18 (v1). Iceman next appears in X-Men #20 (v1).
  Professor X
Professor X last appeared in X-Men #18 (v1). Professor X next appears in X-Men #20 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Zelda Kurtzberg
Zelda Kurtzberg last appeared in X-Men #14 (v1). Zelda Kurtzberg next appears in X-Men #22 (v1).
  Vera Cantor
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Vera Cantor in the mainstream continuity. Vera Cantor next appears in X-Men #22 (v1).
  Ronald Rankin
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Ronald Rankin in the mainstream continuity. Ronald Rankin next appears in Marvel Comics Presents #61a (v1). This is flashback appearance. Dies in this issue.
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Mimic in the mainstream continuity. Mimic next appears in X-Men #26 (v1).
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The X-Men (Roster I)
The X-Men last appeared in X-Men #18 (v1). The X-Men next appears in X-Men #20 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Cyclops' Visor
Cyclops' Visor last appeared in X-Men #18 (v1). Cyclops' Visor next appears in X-Men #20 (v1).
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   March 19, 2014
Of course I always had a soft spot in my heart for this issue. The first appearance of the first new X-Man - Calvin Rankin - and the non-mutant member, too.

I remember when I purchased this issue those long months ago, and started on a quest to own all of the X-Men first appearances.

The comic seems to hold up surprisingly well, too. It follows the similar tragic path, but the cover is lovely - and the story kinda works, too.

I am certain that the story is closer to me because of my own personal connection, but how CAN'T you like this guy, right? Now, I just need to hunt down X-Men 27 and 29... Hmmm...
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  Redsvetz Says:    
  2011-10-17 00:00:00  
  The ridiculous costume train keeps a rollin'!  

  TStarnes Says:    
  2011-10-17 00:00:00  
  Also, why is the device at the end in a shape of a giant M. When Mimic's dad was making it, was he thinking "One day my kid will call himself the Mimic"? And yes, the costume is pretty dumb.  

  andyzh Says:    
  2012-07-10 07:07:39  
  I think the mimic is a terrible villain, plus he could if he really wanted to, use tech to fly and make ice and that. I thought his origin was terrible the gas he could have held his breath and walked out. Also why didn't the dad get the mimic powers too then?  

  chrys Says:    
  2013-01-15 22:44:06  
  So depressing to read the appearances and see "Mimic next appears in..."  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-07 10:27:39  
  Easily the worst X-Men issue so far, but that hallowed status will be short-lived considering upcoming issues.  

  At The Gates of Dawn Says:    
  2013-08-08 13:09:57  
  Who and what is the Mimic!? I don't know some guy that could imitate people's abilities and powers in short range (BLAH!) This villain is weak and a basic copy of such better villains like the Super-Skrull and the Super-Adaptoid! For a character that steals powers give me Rogue ANYDAY! (seriously) By the way this was Stan's final issue scripting the stories, the dark days of the 1960's X-Men is soon to come! (Sooner than you think)  

  Raistlin903 Says:    
  2013-12-28 14:22:46  
  The first power-stealing x-men enemy....... Mimic is written so horribly..... so many others come after him and are written so much better......  

  dpaone Says:    
  2014-01-28 23:40:45  
  Ummm..weak issue. Why doesn't jean use here teleketic power to untie her hands? Also, since when does professor x's mental powers allow him to short circuit machinery?  

  MediocreMan Says:    
  2014-02-20 02:53:52  
  Man, talk about bringing the hate! I don't know exactly why but I LIKED this issue. Of course it could have something to do with the fact that this is one of the first comics I ever owned and read (someone had given me a bunch of Lee/Kirby comics when I was a kid), and X-Men ended up being my favorite. I find the Mimic interesting and different.  

  metasynthie Says:    
  2014-06-18 07:57:43  
  Calvin copies everyone else's powers (and knowledge of how to use them, apparently) but retains his own terrible fashion sense, complete with dung-hued costume, giant M, and sunglasses that look far worse than anything you ever see Scott wearing. Almost makes you think his name should have been Knockoff with a costume sporting Louis Vuitton logos.
Jean is still suffering from the Marvel Stereotype Ray, since when she hears there might be some vacation, she instantly wants to BUY MORE CLOTHES.
Someone has finally realized that Bobby must be leaving melting water all over the Institute.
Charles mind-wipes another poor victim, trying to keep up in his dastardly competition with Stephen Strange.

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2014-07-19 19:49:29  
  Gayvin's art is pretty good in this.
The story is corny.

  gloomyharvester Says:    
  2014-07-26 14:21:16  
  Good Lord.I know the Silver Age did more telling and less showing than modern comics, but this is ridiculous.

We see Mimic copy the powers of 2 X-Men, then those X-Men tell us that he has their powers. Then Mimic explains to us that he copied their powers while again demonstrating he has their powers. Then he copies and demonstrates another set of powers, then the X-Men tell Professor X that he had their powers. Then Mimic shows up, and we see him copy their powers one at a time. Then he shows us that he has their powers when he changes clothes. Then he announces to the X-Men that he has all of their powers. Beast, thinking aloud, mentions that he has the power to duplicate their powers. Then he fights them, using all of their powers, and explaining each time he uses a power who's power he is using. X-Men note several times during the fight that he has their powers.

That only gets us about halfway through this comic. Don't worry, there are many more reminders that he can mimic powers in the second half of the book, so you won't forget that he can do that.

Tough to Judge Werner Roth's art in this since I cannot see it behind all of the word balloons.

And Mimic will be back soon. I hope I will be able to remember what his powers are.

  Durango55 Says:    
  2014-08-11 06:18:31  
  Glad to see that Calvin had to foresight to bring ruby quartyz glasses to hold back the optical force beam powers he mimicked from Cyclops...  

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2014-08-17 04:15:47  
  Oh, look, I need to lure the X-Men into a trap, what should I do? I know kidnap the "helpless female" member of the group. -_- And how will I subdue her, you might ask? I will tie ropes around her hands so she can't remove them. You know, because it's not like she has telekinesis or anything, right? -_- I will say this right now. I hate when the female member of the group is kidnapped just because she is female. Jean is one of the strongest X-Men and I'm really looking forward to when Chris Claremont take over writing and gives the female characters some respect.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-08-18 12:18:06  
  2 stars. I felt this was a cheap filler issue. No excitement and no energy put into it. More could have been done with the Mimic, but he was a cheap imitation of a super villain, pun intended.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-09-06 18:56:06  
  4 stars for the 1st app of the Mimic. Not much of a story, and it doesn't get much better through the years with limited appearances, but he does shine in The Exiles (Alt version).

Cover Me - I do love the image of Mimic coming at our merry mutants!

The Eyes Have It - When the X-Men are in their masks; I don't know if Werner Roth likes to draw them with their eyes shut, or just forgets to draw them??

Mind Over Matter - @dpaone: In these early issues Pro. X powers could affect machinery...

Retcon - @Durango55: Interestingly enough years later when it shows why Cyclops has to wear the ruby quartz glasses; it makes the Mimic's glasses irrelevant...

Father Knows Best - I like it that Mimic's Dad knew his son was an ass, and didn't trust him with powers!

'Nuff Said - "While we wait for the X-Men to find me, I'll tell you a little story--!"-Mimic

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2014-09-21 15:51:43  
  The worst thing about the X-Men having so many main characters is that Stan thinks when one of them has a line, all the rest have to say something in the SAME PANEL as well.

Give me solo Torch stories over mountains of dialogue, please. (Well, maybe not.)

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-11-27 02:13:29  
  I actually thought it was a fun read. Call me simple.  

  MattDog37 Says:    
  2015-04-08 19:53:28  
  How many titles need to start with "Lo!," Stan?  

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2015-05-21 05:31:07  
  Okay, so let me get this straight... the Mimic only retains his powers as long as he is NEAR the ones he mimics?

It wasn't exactly clear.

  Locust75 @ GroovyGolem (original post):    
  2015-05-22 08:27:07  
  You are correct, Sir!

Although, writers and artists sometimes forget about that detail as well...

  Vancelot Says:    
  2015-07-15 01:22:41  
  Did I read it wrong, or did the Professor say he shorted the machine, and then directly after, say the machine worked and took his powers away. Which is it?  

  kungfufan Says:    
  2016-07-27 09:49:10  
  First impression before even starting: he's the X-Men version of Super Skrull. And I'm sure sooner or later the Avengers will face theirs too, it's too tempting a team villain ploy not to.

Umm... that top panel on the last page seemed odd. Feeling inadequate that Beast and Angel were asked to help bring the Prof and Mimic out, the rest of the X-Men, not wanting to go empty handed, grabbed a lantern, a pothole cover and a coat...???

  GroovyGolem @ kungfufan (original post):    
  2016-07-27 10:10:58  
  Allow me to introduce you to the Super-Adaptoid. You'll know him when you see him.  

  samholmes1313 @ kungfufan (original post):    
  2016-08-20 23:58:15  
  I think that Cyclops is holding Prof's folded wheelchair, but yes the other just wanted to at least look useful.  

  Russ Says:    
  2016-09-08 06:46:30  
  The only way this particular Calvin would've been interesting is if he'd revealed he had a stuffed tiger when he was 6 years old!  

  J-Smack Says:    
  2016-11-23 22:04:22  
  I wonder if I liked this one more than other readers is because I took a few-month-break from these older comics.  

  kungfufan @ J-Smack (original post):    
  2016-11-24 12:51:15  
  That does tend to help!  

  ViktorG Says:    
  2017-01-30 16:08:01  
  I'm not sure if this was new and fascinating at the time, but the moment the Mimic's dad's machine was mentioned it seemed obvious that its purpose was to 'cure' the kid.  

  StrictSnow Says:    
  2017-05-06 18:41:53  
  I would find the Mimic more interesting if they handled him like Ginyu from Dragon Ball Z. He would have overwhelmed the X-Men at first, from the sheer raw power he possesses, but eventually, the X-Men's superior training and teamwork brings him to defeat. Also how the hell can any Joe Schmoe just have a brain like Professor X's and be fine? I feel like it would be sensory overload and ye would be doing stuff like Old(er) Man Charlie in Logan. Which, BTW, is a fantastic movie in its own right, even if it don't quite follow the book.  

  Shintetsuken Says:    
  2017-05-15 00:05:11  
  Didn't they JUST go on vacation? It doesn't really seem to work out for them...  

  philvt101 Says:    
  2017-12-08 15:13:29  
  Mimic reminded me of Deadpool/Weapon XI from X-Men Origins: Wolverine, except much lamer.  

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2018-01-06 12:54:43  
  • That's my line – "If you haven't noticed, these books are for pre-school age children!" (Vera)

  • I like that for once, the book that Marvel Girl is reading is not shameless product placement!

  • Enough, with the girls being kidnapped! Ughh!

  • Nice twist, that Dr. Rankin was wise enough to design a machine to would strip the boy of his powers. Rereading this part, he did mention that he would "help" the boy, not make his powers permanent. But I did not see it coming.

  • Oh here we go, another mind-wipe... You really get a kick out of it, now don't you, Charles?

  • As others have mentioned, this villain's ability has been seen in the past. However I found it fun to pit that kind of power against the X-Men and see how it goes.

  • True, there are several plot holes in this story and the extensive narrative is awful, but call me crazy, I liked it. And the artwork was pretty nice. So I give this one 4 stars.

  RobinHoodMtl @ samholmes1313 (original post):    
  2018-01-06 13:08:09  
  Very observant. Thanks for making that clear when the drawing was not. It is actually quite good that they did not forget about the wheelchair, a minor detail which would have been a plothole.

I guess the lantern was carried to light their way through the mine. Page 15 establishes that Calvin's living quarters are deep into the mine. And Jean probably grabbed Calvin's clothes in his quarters knowing quite well what the Professor usually does with the minds of their foes.

  Calion Says:    
  2018-03-25 19:51:03  
  1. Another vacation? This doesn’t sound like a good idea…
  2. Pn. 4-3: You know, Jean’s got a point. Where does all of Bobby’s ice go? Does it leave a horrendous mess? That could become a problem…
  3. P. 6: I really wish the title and cover hadn’t given away what’s going on here. It would have been fun to have been confused along with Bobby and Hank.
  4. 9-5: Cerebro has a 100-mile range—and yet you were certain that Ka-Zar wasn’t a mutant in Antarctica? Something’s fishy here.
  5. 10-13: So…did he really think to pick up some ruby sunglasses on the way to Westchester? Really? It would have been funnier if he had just started shooting laser beams uncontrollably.
  6. This Mimic idea is really interesting—but I feel it was wasted. Challenging them up front like that—though in character for this guy—is a lot less interesting than continuing to perplex and evade them.
  7. 18-2: “Strange”? Prof, do you read their minds or not? He certainly seems to sometimes, and yet doesn’t seem to catch on that Scott is desperately in love with Jean.
  8. I suppose it’s lucky that the Mimic is an idiot—otherwise he could put them all down for the count telepathically—except Professor X himself, of course. But—is he an idiot around the Professor? Shouldn’t he be just as smart, and thus able to figure out the same thing Xavier did?

  Calion Says:    
  2018-03-25 19:55:16  
  1. 20-2: “I myself caused the short-circuit—mentally!” Seriously? I think this issue loses a star just for that. Circuits aren’t brains, Stan. Well, except that brains are made of circuits, sort of…dang, now I’m confused.
  2. And also—why? What’s the point of blowing the place up? Drama?

I’m kind of sad that Mimic is a one-shot villain—his power could have made him very interesting (and yes, I know they could bring him back at some point, but that’s just too hokey to consider). ★★★


  Calion @ kungfufan (original post):    
  2018-03-25 20:02:59  
  lol I didn't even notice the furniture…hilarious! Where did he get a manhole cover anyway?  

  Calion @ Calion (original post):    
  2018-03-25 20:07:13  
  Oh. It's a wheelchair. Thanks, Robin. That makes more sense.  

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   January 31, 2018 TStarnes Added Cyclops[appost] Visor listing.
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   December 10, 2016 fragsel Added Ronald Rankin to the issue.
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