In the fourth installment of an occasional series, we celebrate with mockery the worst, the weirdest, and the WTF covers in the long history of muscle magazines.

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Deleted dream sequence? Couples bodyweight training? We only know it’s in the running for the ultimate WTF cover. (Bodybuilder: Alan Guest) May 1989


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Check out the special effects in the original Aquaman movie. (Bodybuilder: Alan Stephan) September 1948


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Just curl the tiniest dumbbell so it doesn’t distract from your biceps. (Bodybuilder: Sia Shahabi) March 1987


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Did I say tiniest dumbbell? I meant that comically oversized dumbbell. (Bodybuilder: Pete Grymkowski) June 1980, first issue of Muscle & Fitness, which previously had other names (One more ridiculous thing: you!)


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Just in case you thought creepy gym-lurker guy was a new thing. April 1920


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Billy Arlen was warning about climate change back in the ’80s. (Bodybuilder: Billy Arlen) April 1982


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Speaking of the ’80s… (Model: Gea Johnson, Bodybuilder: Shawn Ray, his first cover) June 1986


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Oxygen tank. Spear gun. Do we have to spell it out for you? (Model: Debbie Halo), April 1995


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Chet: “Yeah, I don’t know. I don’t really want to hike all they way into the forest just for a photoshoot. Isn’t there an easier way?” (Bodybuilder: Chet Yorton) April 1967


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Really, a Dolly Parton bust and a 20-inch waist?! You don’t think you’re overselling this? (Bodybuilder: Peter Lindsay, Bustbuilder: Dolly Parton) May 1979

See also: Bad Muscle Magazine Covers, Vol. 3