Man Unknowningly Makes (Pretty Crappy Looking) Paper Mache Sculpture Out Of $30,000 In Vintage Comic Books

July 18, 2013


This is 'Paperboy', a sculpture artist Andrew Vickers made out of chicken wire and the vintage comic books he found in a dumpster. Having found them in a dumpster, Andrew just assumed they weren't worth anything. But he was wrong. Really, really, wrong. Although, to his credit, I consider him less wrong than the person who threw them away in the first place.

On discovering the valuable comics glued to the chicken wire frame, [comic book store owner Steve Eyre] said: "First of all I thought 'Fantastic' as, visually, it is a beautiful thing, but then as I walked round it, certainly on the inside right leg, there was a cover of Avengers number one.

"I've got a copy of that, which was published in 1963, that is worth well over £10,000.

"Then I started looking and there are six comics on this that together would be worth, even in the condition you can see, £20,000.

Laughing off the revelation, Mr Vickers said: "If somebody chucks things out in the skip they don't generally throw things out that are worth anything.

"To be honest I'm shocked but money has not got such a value to me. I think it is funny.

"I really love the idea of me creating something out of such expensive things that's worth less. I think it's brilliant."

Brilliant, huh? I mean it might have been 'brilliant' if you knowingly made the sculpture out of rare comic books. But there is no brilliance in ignorance, Andrew -- only bliss. Also, 'Money has not got such a value for me'? So you don't care about the money, it's all about creating art -- I get it. *eying sculpture* Do you by chance live in a van?

Thanks to carey, who only makes paper mache sculptures out of the funny pages the way God intended.

  • Myles Harrison

    This hurts my soul. Is this really what he does when he sees a comic book.

  • Myles Harrison

    What was he doing in a dumpstr anyway,

  • Karnie

    Yeah, the other guy's laughing his ass off because this jackass just raised the overall value of HIS copies.

  • Matty Spinny

    I want his name and ss#... so i can hire a hit on this retard. such a waste of history.

  • Dillon Beard

    Calm down, I'm sure you can find a pdf of the comics somewhere. like Izy said they are sentimental.

  • Matty Spinny

    pdf really. why dont we pdf library's then. cause some things you just need to hold. and this is american history. a huge part of our past that is slowly melting away. we need to hold on to the gold age as best we can.

  • Izy Betancourt

    do. not. like....

    The true value of those books aren't monetary but sentimental.. -_-

  • Johnny Fuckface

    What a fuckface. Just because he destroyed some of the few remaining pieces of comic history to create an abomination that few would consider art, does not mean the value of those awesome comics is incorporated into the value of that monstrocity.

  • Izy Betancourt

    No, he was being a hippy and saying he enjoyed destroying their monetary value.

  • Conrado Parra

    Chicken wire plus paper ain't no sculpture, that's a Piñata.

  • Anodos

    It has a deeper meaning. It says "Fuck your comic books". Not everyone likes it.

  • Proteon

    This chump could have had like six months worth of premium beer but because life is one cruel, cruel bitch, he instead ends up with a moment of international fame. Oh, the humanity.

  • Kevin

    "I really love the idea of me creating something out of such expensive things that's worth less. I think it's brilliant." - whatever helps you sleep bro.

  • Well at least it's been made into a beautiful timeless work of art now.


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  • Closet Nerd

    "I really love the idea of me creating something out of such expensive things that's worth less. I think it's brilliant."

    ^ isn't that how our government works too?

  • Conrado Parra

    The same way your digestive system works.

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