Artist Destroys $30k Of Vintage Comics For His Latest Sculpture



As a comic book collector working for World of Superheroes casually walked through an art exhibition, he came across a sculpture that surprised him. Artist Andrew Vickers was showing one of his pieces at the art show, a sculpture made out of papier mache. The comic book pages that Vickers used for papier mache were an essential part of the piece but he was not aware that some of them were very valuable and considered antique collector items. Steve Eyre, an expert in comic book collecting, noticed the sculpture had some classic comic pages visible all over that are extremely rare and difficult to find.

Super Hero Theme and Intent

Andrew Vickers intention with building the sculpture was not to use rare and valuable comic book pages but to create the figure of a hero out of the materials that tell stories of super heroes. The theme of the art show was related to heroes in popular culture and the question of what makes a hero. Vickers sculpture based on this theme ended up being something different than he had intended – a figure made out of some very expensive items. Eyre noticed some comic book pages that he recognized including the cover to a 1963 Avenger’s comic which is very rare and valuable.

Further Introspection

When Eyre told the sculptor that he estimated the comics he used for the art piece would have been worth nearly $30,000 Vickers was surprised but not regretful. As an artist his focus is not on making a lot of money but on creating something unique and meaningful. Even though the sculpture will likely only sell at a fraction of the price of what he could have made from the comics, the artist was complacent about his work and even delighted at the idea.

A sculpture made out of very valuable antique materials that would end up being worth less in the end seemed an interesting concept to him that added another level of meaning of the piece. Eyre imagined the cost of making the sculpture was not worth it in the end because of the raw materials being worth so much but the sculptor was unaffected by the discovery and remained satisfied with his work.

Cases like this prove how often people can be in possession of very valuable antique collector items and have no concept of what they are worth. Vickers discovered the comic books and assumed they were worthless pieces of paper when in reality he could have sold them to a collector. Whether the use of these comic book pages for his sculpture is a waste of something rare and valuable is really subjective.

For the sculptor the comic books mean very little in spite of their monetary value in antique sales but for the comic collector or enthusiast it might seem like the destruction of other unique pieces of art that should have been kept for posterity. For classic comic lovers it is an unfortunate mistake but for the sculptor himself it is merely an interesting accident for the sake of artwork.

Jane Green is a Los Angeles based writer for who specializes in vintage artwork and furniture.

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