Irvin ‘Zabo’ Koszewski on the cover of the April, 1952 issue of Ironman Magazine. He finished 5th at the 1952 Mr. America Contest although to no ones’s surprise, took home the ‘Best Abs’ subdivision. Zabo was a safe bet for an Abs trophy, in fact he won “Best Abs” in every bodybuilding contest he ever entered, including four times in the AAU Mr. America contest and three times in the Junior Mr. America Contest.
Strength author and historian David Willoughby gracing the cover of the January, 1936 edition of the British physical culture magazine “Superman.” Willoughby was the AAU Southern California AAU weightlifting champion from 1923-1926 and eventually went on to author countless books, articles and training courses. He also owned a successful gym in the Los Angeles area — the same gym where Bert Goodrich got his start.
A look at the April, 1954 issue of Muscle Builder magazine with Jack Delinger on the cover. Notice that this was the “Giant He-Man issue.” Delinger (who was once a skinny weakling) was only a few years away from winning the Mr. Universe title.
No matter how you slice it, barrel lifting is a great workout, as shown on this classic cover of Hardgainer Magazine (issue #30, May-June 1994 ). In this shot, Bob Farris from Dick Conner’s place “The Pit” Barbell Club in Evansville, Indiana presses a 150-pound water-filled barrel for 13 reps. If you’ve ever trained with barrels, you know this is STRONG!
POWER magazine, was noted bodybuilder Barton Horvath’s foray into magazine publishing. Above is Volume 1, Number 1 featuring Ray Moldonado on the cover — (it was one the only issue ever put out.)
A look at the cover of Mr America Magazine: Volume 7, Number 8, featuring Larry Scott which came out in August of 1965. Larry won the Mr. America in 1962 and about a month after this issue hit the news stand, became the very first Mr. Olympia. He certainly looks in fine form here. Articles by Dave Draper and Steve Reeves make this issue a must have.
How’s this for a groovy cover? The November, 1969 issue of Strength and Health magazine featured this somewhat psychedelic mixed media illustration by Frank Hummel. Front and center is 1963 Mr. America Vern Weaver doing an overhead pulldown with a chest expander. The lovely Vera Christensen is at the left squatting. This issue also has a feature on the newly crowned Teenage Mr. America Bob Gallucci. Hummel had several other Strength and Health magazine covers around the same time period (although none as flashy as this one.)