No need to look up in the sky.

No need to look up in the sky.

It's neither a bird nor a plane -- the Superman suit worn by actor George Reeves is at ground level at the Ohio History Connection.

The suit will be on display through Jan. 3 at the Ohio History Center, 800 E. 17th Ave. in Columbus.

On loan from the Smithsonian Institution, based in Washington, D.C., the costume is part of the facility's 1950s: Building the American Dream exhibit.

The form-fitting ensemble was worn by Reeves, who played Superman in the TV series The Adventures of Superman. The show aired nationally from 1952-58. The costume has been on display at the Smithsonian since 1987.

Dwight Blocker Bowers, curator of entertainment history at the Smithsonian's Museum of American History, said the iconic red, blue and yellow uniform was made by costume designer Izzy Berne, who worked for Lippert Studio, a subsidiary of National Publishing that eventually became DC Comics.

Bowers said it's made of jersey wool, a somewhat stretchy fabric, but far from the elastic fibers of modern garments. The suit also was heavy, which could have made for some uncomfortable filming for Reeves, Bowers said.

"It would have been enormously hot with the lights," he said.

Of course, Superman has an Ohio connection. The character was created in the 1930s by Cleveland high school students Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

"This is a really big deal for us," said Emmy Beach, spokeswoman for the Ohio History Center. "It's our first Smithsonian loan."

The suit is adjacent to another exhibit with Superman gear from the era, including a children's costume, horseshoe set and coloring slate.

"We thought it would be nice to have some other 1950s Superman stuff as well," she said.