Vintage Avengers comics unwittingly used to create sculpture
Artist Andrew Vickers unwittingly created a six foot sculpture from valuable vintage Avengers comics
Having discovered a hoard of vintage Avengers comics in a skip, artist Andrew Vickers thought nothing of transforming them into a six foot tall sculpture for a new superheroes exhibit.
However, when the papier mache statue – entitled The Paper Boy – was unveiled, comic expert Steve Eyre had to pause for breath, later admitting that, having commissioned the sculpture, he has “lost sleep”.
Mr Eyre, who runs World of Superheroes in Sheffield, UK, believes that the comics would have been worth at least £25,000, if not £50,000, in their original condition. “As a comic collector it does not bear thinking about,” he sighed.
“I saw the cover of The Avengers No.1 edition on the model’s leg and did a double take," said Mr Eyre, 52.
“I’ve got a copy of that. It was published in 1963 and is worth £10,000.”
The value of early Avengers comics has soared of late, following 2012’s release of The Avengers, starring Robert Downey Jr and Scarlett Johansson.
“There is also a chance there could be others within that early run. I shudder to think if they are among the hundreds he used.
“To find them in the UK in such good condition is rare anyway. The trouble is that people do not realise what they are worth and just throw them away.”
Vickers’ creation has been valued at $500 – one expert observed that it would have been cheaper to make had it been cast in Italian marble.
Mr Eyre has instructed Vickers – who works under the name Stoneface – to telephone him straight away next time he finds anything in a skip.
Vickers, a father of two, laughs: “I think it is funny. I really love the idea I have created something out of expensive things that makes it worth less. I think it’s brilliant.
“There’s no use crying over spilt milk.”
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