The History of Superman's Suit as a Costume in Popular Culture

Since the 1940s, Superman has appeared in costume in film, television, and Braodway. Here is our four part look back at the history of the Superman suit as a costume in popular culture.


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The History of Superman's Suit as a Costume: Part 1

Superman is one of the most iconic American superheros, a symbol of strength, hope, and goodness.  Many a child has played out the role, pulling their underwear on over their pants and donning a towel or pillowcase cape. It is hard to imagine a time before this blue, yellow and red hero had invaded our cultural psyche.

A look at Superman's first appearance in costume at the 1940 New York's World Fair and Kirk Alyn's iconic television depiction.

Read the entire Superman - Suited for Greatness - 1940s article here...


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The History of Superman's Suit as a Costume: Part 2

Superman first graced the small screen in the television show Adventures of Superman that ran from 1951-1958, starring George Reeves.  

Additionaly, 1965 would see the first appearance of Superman on Boradway in the hit musical It's A Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman! starring Bob Holiday.

Read the entire It's A Bird, It's a Plane article here...


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The History of Superman's Suit as a Costume: Part 3

Christopher Reeve is Superman.

It had been nearly 20 years since the last live-action Superman graced either the small or silver screen when Richard Donner's Superman opened in December of 1978.  


Read the entire Superman's First Big-Budget Film Franchise Suits article here...


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The History of Superman's Suit as a Costume: Part 4

Superman makes his return to the small screen.

The 1990s saw the return of Superman to the small screen in Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, starring Dean Cain.  The series covered the more personal side of Superman's life, his work, and relationship with Lois. 

Also a look at the 1998 Tim Burton Superman that never was, and the unsuccessful franchise reboot attempt of Superman Returns in 2006.

Read the entire Hits and Misses - Superman Suits of the '90s and Early 2000 article here...


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The History of Superman's Suit as a Costume: Part 5

Big Changes in the much anticipated franchise reboot, Man of Steel.

In the latest reboot of the Superman franchise, Man of Steel, we see the biggest change to the Superman suit as a costume since its first inception at the New York World’s Fair in 1940. Director Zack Snyder strove to create a Superman that was both relatable and realistic in a modern world, “it’s a fine line of re-inventing him, but still seeing him in there.” Snyder called on long time collaborator, costume designer Michael Wilkinson to help him create this world and redefine the Superman suit.

Read the entire Soaring into the 21st Century - Superman's Man of Steel Suit article here...