What got you started mask collecting?
was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...In 1977 Star Wars
was released and I was in the 5th grade. While I had always been
into monsters, the release of that movie pushed me over the edge and
I knew I just had to have all four Don Post deluxe masks (Darth
Vader, Stormtropper, Chewie and C3PO). It was down hill from there
and I still have those first four masks.
What is the drive to collect latex masks and not some other medium?
me, there is nothing like having your favorite monsters in lifesize
form. While the toys and kits are beautiful, owning a mask is like
owning the real thing, an actual movie prop
you as much into horror movies as well?
I am very into horror movies but nothing consumes me like the hobby
of collecting masks.
have any favorite horror icons?
favorite characters are the monsters themselves: Creature from the
Black Lagoon, Darth Vader and the Predator at the top of the list.
Do you seek out your favorite characters from
those movies in mask form?
it's great to see a movie and decide that you must own the monster.
It can also work in reverse for me. I have acquired a movie mask and
then got hooked on the film as a result!
Do you go for older or newer movies or indifferent?
up watching the old stuff and while all the new technology (CGI,
etc.) is impressive, I still like to see a guy in a rubber suit or
make-up running around.
collect original works?
large portion of my collection is generic vintage Don Post,
Distortions and Death Studios. There is so much good stuff out there
that I have to be really discriminating when I add a piece to my
collection. I ran out of room a long time ago and I'm constantly
selling off stuff to make room for new stuff.
type of masks do you go for above all other types?
many years I was really into collecting all the Don Post and
Distortions masks from when I was a kid. I had every Don Post
character made from the mid 70's thorough early 80's (many in
multiples!). Eventually I decided I didn't need FIVE Coridian Alien
masks so I have sold many doubles and fringe pieces. In addition I
have always collected movie masks.
What are some of your rarest masks?
purchased an original "Land" version Creature from the Black Lagoon
mask in 1980 when I was fourteen years old. It was made at Universal
Studios in the 60's from the original first generation mold. It even
has a Universal Studios copyright stamp on the inside. The mask was
really old even back then and needed to be restored. It is much
larger than all the Creature masks around today. The piece was
restored and repainted by Bill Malone while he was working at Don
Post. It is still in great shape considering the age. It's the only
Creature mask of it's kind that I've been able to locate. Of course
I have many rare Vintage Don Post masks (original 60's foam master
calendar masks of the 1st Mummy, Phantom, Moleman, Wolfman and
Hunchback along with all the 70's Star Trek masks including the 75
Kirk). I still have just about every Don Post and Distortions
character from the late 70's early 80's. I also have some masks made
for me by Steve Wang. I commissioned Steve to make a Predator I,
Predator II and a mask version from It, The Terror From Beyond
Space. Those are one or two of a kind. I have most of the Halloween
Society masks. I also have been lucky enough to catch some of the
great new pieces being done today (Bub Zombie, Romaire Loomis,
Jason, Shape and Transformation, DW/KH Myers, etc.). I have over 300
rare series do you own?
think it would be tough to assemble a collection of Don Post 70's
masks like I have. It took me 15 years of searching, doing trades,
etc. Some of those masks I've only seen once or twice in a lifetime
of collecting. Also I think the Halloween Society pieces are very
rare. Many of the editions were limited to 10 or 15 copies. They are
a beautiful series and a fine testament to the collectors in the
80's who created them: Dante Renta, Ron Magid and David Lady.
is the oldest mask you own?
to be the Universal "Land" Creature. The five Don Post calendar mask
foam masters from the early 60's are a close second.
is your favorite in your collection?
could never pick one favorite but I would narrow it down to these
three: Original Universal "Land" Creature, Don Post Phantom of the
Opera 60's foam master, Steve Wang Predator 1.
did your nickname come from?
it's a long story. Let's just say it was given to me by a
artists that really knock your socks off?
Wang is the ultimate. I am very fortunate that he agreed to do some
work for me. Steve and I actually have a lot in common in that we
grew up staring at the same masks in the 70's. We share a mutual
admiration for that era. Anything he does is incredible. I think Lee
Romaire is the best new artist to bless the mask collecting
community with his talents. Everything that guy does is simply
awesome. The same could be said for Russ Lukich.
also have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for Rob and
Cathy Tharp. These guys have been doing this for a long time. Lord
knows my collection would never be the same if it weren't for those
guys. Wait, did I
mention Henry Alvarez? I could go on....