The Hero Experience

Hero Restoration is a full service company. To provide the best service and turnaround times in the industry, we’ve employed an amazing staff who are working hard to get your increase in value.

Want to Join the Team?

Have a passion for comic books? Why not become a hero. For all current employment opportunities at Hero Restoration, click here.

Mike DeChellis


An entrepreneur, and jack of all trades, Mike’s passion for comics lead him to learn paper conservation, and provide that to the comic community. His restoration and entrepreneur experience dates all the way back to when Mike was 13, restoring and selling bicycles in the local newspaper. Mike is fully educated in paper conservation, specifically in depth knowledge of comic paper, and how it has changed over the last 90 years.  Mike’s primary function at HR is to ensure customer satisfaction is at the highest possible, and Mike personally checks every book to make sure it is ready to ship. Mike’s observation and situational skills helps ensure your books are getting the right services, the right results, and the right grading tiers. Mike also still performs pressing and restoration duties as well, Specifically 2nd Quality Control, and Final press, perfection is the goal with every item.

Barry Johnson

Conservation Technician

Barry Loves to dry clean books, and makes sure your books are looking as spiffy as possible. When not busy dry cleaning, Barry is performing 1st stage Quality Control, and repress.

Toni Martinez

Conservation Technician

Toni is terrific at pressing books, Shipping and receiving. Her attention to detail, patience, and respect for the books themselves makes her a great addition to the Hero Restoration team.

Andrew Bellacera

Conservation Technician

Andrew joins us from up north and his love for all things sci-fi and fantasy have solidly kept him in the comic book realm for decades. Joining us with a background in Anthropology & Paleontology, coupled with years of customer service & client satisfaction, he continues to be an excellent addition to the Hero Team. Let his love and appreciation of the past and the preservation of its relics be to your benefit!

Brandon Daza

Lead Conservation Technician

Just like Mike, Brandon followed his passion for comics into the paper conservation world. He started learning some basics from a friend who worked in the preservation and conservation department at UNLV. Now, under Mike’s tutelage, he applies the same traditional and archival techniques. Brandon’s number one focus is the integrity of the paper and treats each comic as if it is his own. When not peeling tape off of books Brandon is pressing your books in prep for first Quality Control checkpoint.

Joseph Konopinski

Conservation Technician

Joe’s aspiration for collecting comics has led him down a path of having a key eye for cleaning books. He started cleaning for local comic book shops where he developed his knowledge, skills and techniques that he brings to the team. Joe’s number one goal is to treat your comics with the same passion and detail as he would his own.

Jaclyn Kearney

East Coast Manager

Jaclyn is our Batman fan and she has over 20 years of experience answering the BatPhone & responding to the BatSignal! She started her career in business management/business administration back in 2002 and by 2007 was hired by a prestigious engineering company in Austin,Texas. After 10 years in Texas, Jaclyn moved back to Long Island, NY where she became a supervisor working for the State of NY/Dept. Of Health during the pandemic. She was part of the team responsible for setting up multiple vaccination PODs in New York. Once her job was done, she hung up her cape and came to work with us!