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Never Say Di

Marvel scraps Princess Di comics spoof. Buckingham Palace objects to the use of her image in an upcoming ''X-Statix'' satire

Looks like Princess Diana won't be dug up and resurrected as a mutant superheroine after all. Without much explanation, Marvel Comics has scrubbed her from an upcoming issue of ''X-Statix,'' the spoofy ''X-Men'' offshoot that satirizes celebrity culture. In a statement released Thursday, Marvel said, ''While Lady Diana was portrayed in a positive light in the comic book, upon reflection, the company has decided to remove Princess Diana and all references to the royal family.''

In a story built around the late princess, titled ''Di Another Day,'' the X-Statix mutants, heroes who are preoccupied with fame and money, would have helped protect the newly revived royal from a marauding band of mutant Euro-trash. When Marvel announced the storyline a couple weeks ago, ''X-Statix'' scribe Peter Milligan said that, not only was she a valid character for a media satire, since she was ''famous for being famous,'' but she also ''looks great in Spandex.'' However, Buckingham Palace said it found the idea ''utterly appalling'' and a ''cheap attempt to cash in on Diana's fame and the tragic circumstances surrounding her death.'' Of course, with the issue scrapped, it now looks like a costly attempt to cash in on Diana's fame.

Originally posted Jul 11, 2003

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