Vintage Don Post Spock Mask Restoration

 A gentle restoration of a vintage Don Post Spock mask

 This Vintage 1975 Don Post Spock mask was formerly displayed in Famous Monsters magazine creator, Forrest J. Ackerman’s 18-room sci-fi museum/home in “Horrorwood, Karloffornia”, known as the “Ackermansion”. This Spock mask was beautifully foam-filled years ago by Dante Renta, a step that helped preserve its original shape for many years.

For those who don’t know, Don Post was THE pioneer in latex monster masks and developed some of the earliest rubber Halloween masks.  His influence on our company founder and countless movie FX artists and mask makers can not be overstated.  And of course, horror fans will surely know that Don Post studios even created created the popular William Shatner mask which was used to created the Michael Myers mask for the Halloween franchise!

The Don Post Studios Mr. Spock latex mask, debuted in 1976. Sculpted by Bill Malone using a life cast of a young Leonard Nimoy, Mr. Spock mask retailed for $29.95 at the time.

Many years later, this wonderful example of that rare mask came to our studio for minor restoration. Our main  focus in restoring this piece was to address the cracks on the face and neck while leaving as much untouched original material as possible. Since the majority of the mask was in such great condition already we wanted to keep our work to a minimum. Not every project is a major restoration, but sometimes, a subtle conservation can make a big difference in a cherished memento or collectible!

Artist Maria Teran worked to carefully fill and repair any of the cracked areas, while matching the texture of the original latex. Once all of the areas were repaired she moved on to painting only the patches. It can be a time consuming process to match the paint to the surrounding material but the end result is a virtually seamless repair. This technique keeps all of the focus on this awesome piece of memorabilia and not on the repairs.

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A few words from our client…

I picked up Spock during my lunch break earlier today, and it took everything in me not to take the rest of the day off to spend with him!

My goodness, what a transformation! I think just the right amount of restoration was done, and the paint matching is nothing short of brilliant. The stand is also a beautiful touch. This piece could not have possibly gone to a better team for this project.

Thank you to everyone who had a hand in this restoration. I am so happy!