In early 1980, make-up artist John Chambers and CIA agent Tony Mendez collaborated on a fake Hollywood production that was used as a cover to extract Americans trapped in Iran following the 1979 seizure of the U.S. embassy. You can now see artifacts from the faux film, Argo, at Spy: The Secret World of Espionage at Discovery Times Square in New York City.
Artifacts include Argo concept art by comic-book artist Jack Kirby; an Argo script title page; Studio Six Productions business cards, stationery, briefcase, correspondence and other logo items; and Argo ads and articles that originally ran in Variety. Images of the artifacts are below.
For more on the true story behind the rescue, including Chambers’ and make-up artist Robert Sidell’s involvement, see Issue 98 of Make-Up Artist magazine. And make sure to check out Make-Up Artist’s cameo appearance during the credits of the new Warner Bros. film Argo, opening Oct. 12.