The Pittsburgh Steel Man's costume is inspired from Pittsburgh's Industrial Past and Present Steelmaking in the United States.
You can see the Pittsburgh Steel Man at various Pittsburgh public events including wrestling matches, roller derby bouts, Pens games, Bucs games, pigskin games, conventions, community events, etc. One of the many things that separate this hero from others is his ability to ride a motorcycle in his silver suit and make balloon art for kids at the same time. This is dangerous so please do not try this at home because the Pittsburgh Steel Man is a professional entertainer and a professional Pittsburgh stunt man with many years of training. People love "Steel Man, Pittsburgh's Official Superhero" especially when he wears his famous and unique "Silver Suit". People young and old instinctively flock to the Steel Man in herds because they recognize a Real Pittsburgh SuperHero.
History: Before being named "Steel Man, Pittsburgh's Official Superhero" at the City of Pittsburgh's Comic Book Convention, the Pittsburgh Steel Man was often seen as a sports fan who attended various sporting events in the city he loves and was born – Pittsburgh – The Steel City. The Pittsburgh Steel Man was and continues to be immensely popular with the fans of various sporting and other community events, especially, when he wears his "real steel worker" costume representing the city of Pittsburgh's industrial history. Steel Man is known nationally and has been seen in many cities such as San Diego CA, Baltimore MD, Green Bay WI, Austin TX, Buffalo NY, etc., however, because of Steel Man's immense national popularity, he has decided to redirect his energies and talents to local charities, events and media including writing graphic novels, movies and comic books. Pittsburgh's Funfest of 2007 saw the start of a "grass-roots" local campaign that brought out a "New and Improved" Steel Man that "Supported the Charitable Spirit of Pittsburgh"
Unique Look: The unique costume of the Pittsburgh Steel Man is inspired from the actual uniforms used in steelmaking. Steel Man often wears a similar coat when he is working at his day job close to molten metal and/or intense flames. The Pittsburgh Steel Man is a third generation steelman and his costume is inspired from the uniforms used in Steel Man's current profession and his family's past professions in steelmaking. While the heat, smoke and hard work ethic of the steel industry are often shunned by an increasing formally educated America, the Steel Man continues to relish the heat and flames of this once mighty industrial nation. The suit consists of what are called "silvers" which are aluminized flame resistant apparel used when a steelworker gets close to molten metal. Steel Man wears the silvers underneath custom pads and steel plating. The suit was collected over years of acquiring discarded safety equipment in dumpsters and beneath mounds of ash and debris on steel mill floors across the world where the Steel Man has worked and traveled for many years. The worn silvers were taken to Steel Man's Grandma, who would later become Iron Grandma, and together they forged and fashioned quite possibly the greatest costume Pittsburgh has ever seen. The Steel Man's costume is a salute to Pittsburgh's Industrial Past which will never be forgotten because there would be no Pittsburgh without the industrial past. The suit is also meant to remind America what it must go back to doing to being great again. Many changes are needed for America to be great again and the manufacturing component must not be forgotten if this nation is to continue to lead the world. In a sense, Pittsburgh Steel Man is probably Pittsburgh's, as well as, the United States' only ever Post-Industrial Hero.
Two Costumes: The Steel Man has two main costumes – one costume is his Summer Suit which is basically a fireman's coat with all of the Steel Man's Copyright protected logos, names, decorations, etc. The other suit, which the Steel Man is more popular and known nationally for is the "Silver Suit". A new and improved "Silver Suit" debuted on Sunday Aug 5, 2007 at 5PM at Cool Springs in Bethel Park, PA. The new suit is totally new and improved and is a huge hit at all the Pittsburgh events the Steel Man attends.
Past, Present and Future Pride
Past: Many of the old-timers remember the silvers that they toiled in for countless hours, in extreme heat, tough working conditions and close to hot metal when steel was king in Pittsburgh. At various public events, old-time steelworkers will often approach the Steel Man and say, "I used to wear that suit in the Blast Furnace" or "My grandfather used to wear that same suit in the mill". The suit makes people smile and they respect the Steel Man for wearing this piece of history. The Steel Man often finds fans thanking him for wearing the steel suit and representing the city.
Present: The younger Pittsburgher's exude excitement when the Steel Man arrives at an event. Just look to the pictures on my web-site and you can see how happy the Steel Man makes the crowd. The younger demographic, 20s and 30s, loves the enthusiasm and showmanship the Steel Man brings to a crowd. When the Steel Man shows up at your event or party, everybody knows that their event or party is now the best in Pittsburgh.
Future: The young kids love the Steel Man because he is the closest thing Pittsburgh has to a superhero. The Steel Man hopes to promote a positive image for the youth and he wants the future generations to support Pittsburgh and be good neighbors to others.
Sponsorship: Hurry to have Pittsburgh Steel Man sponsor your hometown product.
Steel Dog: A 3 year old white Boxer who loves to meet the public and spread cheer. Steel Dog is immensely popular with the children. Steel Dog is the perfect complement to Steel Man's rough exterior and boisterous disposition and she "softens" the crowd. Steel Dog's message to the kids is "Drink Milk".
"Feel the Heat!"