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Marvel scraps Princess Di comics spoof

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

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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.