Classification: Terrestrial technology (see comments)
Creator: Magneto (Max Eisenhardt)
First Appearance: X-Men I#18 (March, 1966)
Powers/Abilities/Functions: A multi-stage electronic mechanism, it consisted of a body cell analyzer, six transparent cylinders, and a selector panel.
The body cell analyzer examined the cell patterns of the parents of a mutant, then used that genetic information to form artificial mutants within the cylinders; the operator could control the desired size, strength, and type of mutation of the artificial mutants by setting the selector panel.
(X-Men I#11) - After capturing Magneto and the Toad, the Stranger took the two mutants to his laboratory world.
(X-Men I#18 (fb)) - During the Stranger's absence, Magneto grew frustrated by his imprisonment, so he went to the laboratory world's "graveyard of old spaceships" and used one of the vessels to return to Earth, leaving the Toad behind.
(X-Men I#17) - Once back on Earth, Magneto went to Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters and individually captured Professor X and all his students (with the exception of Iceman, who was hospitalized at the time). The master of magnetism then placed his five captives in a steel gondola attached to a high-altitude balloon, which he sent ascending into the stratosphere. Afterward, Magneto took control of the empty school-mansion, to use it as his own headquarters. When the doorbell rang, Magneto opened the front door to "greet" two unexpected guests -- Kathryn and Warren Worthington Jr., who had come to the school to visit their son, the Angel.
(X-Men I#18) - Using his powers, Magneto placed the Worthingtons in a trance and commanded the couple to go to sleep in one of the school's guest rooms. Realizing that he now had the parents of one of the mutant X-Men in his custody, Magneto went to Professor Xavier's laboratory and began to construct his mutant-creating machine; he then situated the completed device over the sleeping Worthingtons, so he could analyze their genetic structures and duplicate them, with the intention of creating his own army of mutant slaves to conquer mankind.
Meanwhile, Iceman left the hospital (after having been treated by Dr. John Thomas) and returned to the school, where he saw Magneto's artificial mutants beginning to take form. Realizing that the Worthingtons were the source of Magneto's mad plan, Iceman hastily formed an ice barrier between them and the body cell analyzer -- this action temporarily halted the creation process of the artificial mutants.
When Magneto went to check on the interference, he discovered Iceman, and the two engaged in battle; but by then, Professor X and the other X-Men had escaped from Magneto's balloon deathtrap and returned to join their teammate. While Magneto fought the entire group of X-Men, Professor X used his telepathy to contact the Stranger -- Magneto fled as the mysterious cosmic entity pursued him, but he was eventually recaptured and taken back to the Stranger's laboratory world.
With their enemy gone, the X-Men raced to the mutant-creating machine, before the infernal device could complete the artificial mutants...
(X-Men I#18 - BTS) - ...but Iceman separated from the group and dashed to the guest room, where he moved the body cell analyzer away from the sleeping Worthingtons.
(X-Men I#18) - The X-Men reached the mutant-creating machine just as the first fully-formed artificial mutant was about to emerge from its cylinder; but then all six of the nascent creatures vanished, fading away to nothingness. Seconds later, Iceman appeared and explained that he had moved the analyzer out of range of the Worthingtons -- since they were the catalyst in the mutant production process, he had correctly figured that the entire machine couldn't function without them.
Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Werner Roth, and Dick Ayers.
If Magneto could create such a device as this, then why didn't he build it during his earlier battles with the X-Men? My guess is that he only learned of this technology after he was taken to the Stranger's laboratory world -- Magneto described the world as being "like an intergalactic museum, with relics from every part of the universe," so perhaps he found this advanced alien technology there and studied how it functioned, then he duplicated it with spare parts in Professor X's laboratory after he returned to Earth.
This story occurred some time before Magneto (with some behind-the-scenes assistance from Maelstrom) learned the secret of creating his own living mutant -- Alpha, the Ultimate Mutant -- so my guess is that the artificial mutants weren't actually living beings or clones, but rather androids/robots.
Magneto never used any specific name for this device, but Professor X (as well as the Official Index of the Marvel Universe) referred to it as a "mutant-creating machine".
Profile by Ron Fredricks.
The artificial mutants should not be confused with:
One of the accompanying pieces of instrumentation used by Magneto's mutant-creating machine, it was stationed over the sleeping Kathryn and Warren Worthington Jr.
Knowing the Worthingtons were the parents of a mutant (Angel/Warren Worthington III), Magneto used this device to examine their cell patterns, then utilized this genetic information in a effort to create artificial mutants.
But Iceman temporarily slowed the mutant-creating process by forming an ice barrier between the analyzer and the Worthingtons.
Iceman eventually moved the wheeled analyzer away from the Worthingtons, which completely disrupted the creation of the nascent artificial mutants, and caused them to fade away.
Formed within the cylinders of Magneto's mutant-creating machine, these six beings were based on the body cell analyzer's examination of the cell patterns of Kathryn and Warren Worthington Jr.
But before the artificial mutants could fully form, they vanished into nothingness because Iceman had moved the body cell analyzer away from the Worthingtons.
(Comment: Since their creation was never completed, any powers or abilities they may have possessed are unrevealed.)
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X-Men I#18, p11, pan6 (main image - Magneto by completed mutant-creating machine)
X-Men I#18, p7, pan1 (Magneto begins to assemble mutant-creating machine)
X-Men I#18, p7, pan5 (Magneto by control panel of mutant-creating machine)
X-Men I#18, p7, pan2 (Magneto by body cell analyzer)
X-Men I#18, p7, pan4 (Magneto places body cell analyzer over sleeping Warren Worthington Jr. and Kathryn Worthington)
X-Men I#18, p13, pan1 (Iceman forms ice barrier between sleeping Worthingtons and body cell analyzer)
X-Men I#18, p12, pan4 (artificial mutants begin to form within cylinders)
X-Men I#18, p20, pan1 (first completed artificial mutant about to emerge; X-Men (background))
X-Men I#18, p20, pan2 (artificial mutants vanish)
X-Men I#18 (March, 1966) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Werner Roth [as Jay Gavin] (pencils), Dick Ayers (inks), Artie Simek (letters)
First Posted: 01/26/2023
Last updated: 01/26/2023
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