'Star Wars': Disney Rumored To Drop Controversial Slave Leia Image, Artist Says

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"We can't even draw Leia in a sexy pose at Marvel, let alone in that outfit," complains 'Star Wars' comic book cover artist J. Scott Campbell.

One of the most iconic — and, arguably, most embarrassing — visuals from the original Star Wars trilogy might be going away, according to current Internet rumor that Disney is planning to quietly let "Slave Leia" slip into fanboy oblivion. The truth, however, might be something else entirely.

Comic book artist J. Scott Campbell, who has worked on a number of Star Wars variant covers for Marvel Entertainment, commented on a Facebook post that Disney was "already well on its way to wiping out the 'slave' outfit from any future products period," referring to the "slave" costume worn by Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia in 1983's Return of the Jedi. "You will NOT see [any] future merchandising featuring the slave outfit ever again."

When asked about his comments, he explained, "I've heard it from two sources. We can't even draw Leia in a sexy pose at Marvel, let alone in that outfit! We also had a 3-D SL statue killed at a major manufacturer because there will no longer be any SL merchandise."

The comments were picked up by fan site Making Star Wars this weekend, before spreading across the Internet in a number of reports Tuesday. Neither Disney nor Lucasfilm responded to a request for comment from THR on the subject.

However, even as his comments were being shared by outlets from Gizmodo to Esquire, Campbell seemingly walked them back in a series of tweets:

The furor arises after Carrie Fisher told Star Wars: The Force Awakens actress Daisy Ridley to "keep fighting against the slave outfit" when discussing her upcoming transformation into an internationally recognized star. "Don't be a slave like I was," Fisher emphasized.