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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

George Reeves' Superman Suit Flies into Ohio for the First Time

Posted By on Tue, Oct 6, 2015 at 11:23 AM

Superman is coming home to Ohio this Saturday. Or rather, his suit is.

According to, the Ohio History Center was given Superman actor George Reeves' suit to display as part of its 1950s exhibit. George Reeves, who played Clark Kent in the Adventures of Superman from 1952 to 1958, was the first man to portray the flying character on television. The wholesome, gallant hero helped shaped mid-century Americana, largely influencing the marketing world and leaving an undeniable mark on pop culture.

Though over 60 years old, the blue and red knit suit looks strikingly similar to newer interpretations of Superman's outfit. Through television and screen adaptations, the design has been changed very little across the decades. Still equipped with the same flowing cape and knee-high boots, 2016's Dawn of Justice Superman is nearly identical to George Reeves'. 

Prior to flying in to the Buckeye state, Superman's suit was displayed by the Smithsonian's Museum of American History until 2006 until it was put in storage. Nearly 10 years later, the iconic red and gold "S" with make its first appearance in Ohio this weekend. 

Vintage toys, kitchen-wear and televisions are on display during the 1950s exhibit as well, though the center is calling the suit the showpiece. 

The suit will be on display at the Ohio History Center until January. 

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