Appearing in "When Titans Clash!"
- Avengers (Mentioned)
- Banshee (Sean Cassidy) (Mentioned)
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Synopsis for "When Titans Clash!"
All the X-Men have gone out in their civilian guises to go skating on a nearby pond. When Warren manages to capitalize on Jean's attention, Scott slinks away and declines Jean's offer for him to join them, telling her he forgot his skates at home. Wandering into the woods, Scott broods over how he loves Jean but cannot bring himself to express his emotions because he has yet to learn how to control his optic blasts. Making an attempt to try, Scott removes his ruby quartz glasses and tries to control the destructive force of his blasts. However, Scott fails, and is even more disappointed to find that they are stronger than ever. In a fit of rage, he unleashes them at full strength against the side of a mountain causing a rock fall. Realizing what he has done, Scott flees the scene before he can get caught in the falling rocks.
Scott's blast also manages to revive the Super-Adaptoid, still inert following his last battle against Captain America. The Adaptoid decides to go out into the world once more and see what force awoke him. Meanwhile, the X-Men decide to return to the mansion, except for Bobby, who has had almost no luck skating. Left alone, he changes into his Iceman form and finds that skating is much easier. Witnessing this, the Super-Adaptoid realizes that there are other super-powered beings on Earth other than the Avengers and attempts to approach the young X-Man to duplicate his powers. Approaching the boy quietly, the Adaptoid gives himself away when his heavy body breaks through the ice. Startled by the Super-Adaptoid, Iceman learns of its true nature and freezes it in a block of ice and flees the scene to get the others. Realizing that the boy can lead it to more super-powered beings, the Super-Adaptoid breaks free and begins following Iceman's path.
Iceman rushes to the X-Men’s base where he finds Marvel Girl, Angel, and Beast and tries to warn them of the Adaptoid. The group thinks that Bobby is joking. Then, Scott shows up from the pond with Bobby's clothing, he tells the others that he saw no robot either, satisfying in the other X-Men's minds that this is simply another one of Bobby's pranks.
The X-Men are called by the Professor to begin a training session. However, Mimic refuses to participate in "hoop-jumping" for the Professor. When Cyclops demands that Mimic show respect, the two come to blows which leads to a fight between Mimic and the other X-Men. The Professor breaks up the fight and decides that with the looming threat of Factor Three coming, he has no time for fighting within the X-Men and orders Mimic to leave the school as soon as possible. With the Professor and Mimic's departure, Scott thinks about the worries the Professor has and how his fears over control of his powers are selfish in comparison. Meanwhile, Xavier begins a new experiment in his lab near the locked door that contains his greatest failure.
The X-Men have decided to practice outside by playing football with each other. The game is cut short when the Super-Adaptoid has finally caught up with Iceman and attempts to examine the X-Men. Going for Jean first, the creature is fought off by Cyclops, Iceman, Beast, and Angel. The Adaptoid, with its copies of the Avenger's powers, manages to stave off the attacks. He then uses a gas-filled arrow to fell the X-Men. Mimic comes back to the mansion to tell off the X-Men and decides to get into the middle of things with the Adaptoid.
When the Adaptoid realizes that Mimic has similar powers to it, the robot offers to turn to Mimic into another Adaptoid like him, the second in a new species of Super-Adaptoids that will take over the world and destroy humans and mutants alike. Cyclops begins to revive from the gas just as Mimic agrees to allow the Super-Adaptoid to change him into an Adaptoid as well. Scott warns Mimic that the Super-Adaptoid only intends on using him as a slave. That causes Mimic to realize how foolish his decision is and he breaks free from the beam that would have turned him into an Adaptoid. Mimic then begins to fight the Super-Adaptoid.
The two fight each other but the two super-beings find themselves to be an equal match. Deciding that he can gain the upper hand by copying Mimic's duplication of all the X-Men's powers, the Super-Adaptoid attempts to copy Mimic's abilities. This causes an energy backlash that sends both of them crashing to the ground, with both of their powers becoming nullified. While the now human Calvin Rankin is saved by the Angel, the now powerless Adaptoid smashes into the water, vowing that mankind has not seen the last of it.
With the battle over, Mimic tells the rest of the group that he is sorry for how he's acted in the past and that he has realized the true value of friendship.
- Oddly Calvin Rankin, a student and scientist, does not care to hear the Super Adaptoid's plan and his use of powers, stating, "Save the egghead explanations for Popular Mechanics, big man!"
- Another Towering Triumph for Majestic Marvel!!
- Stan Lee.......Editor
- Roy Thomas....Scripter
- Werner Roth...Artist
- John Tartaglione..Inker
- Sam Rosen....Letterer
- Irving Forbush...Skating Instructor
- references: X-Men #26, Tales of Suspense #84, and X-Men #28
- This is the conclusion of a three-part story-arc featuring the Mimic from X-Men #27 and #28.
- The Super-Adaptoid previously appeared in Tales of Suspense #84. He will appear next in Avengers #45.
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