A lot of bodybuilders claim that their earliest inspirations to build muscle and craft physical shape was inspired by superheroes and comics. Yet rarely does a bodybuilder not only get to play superhero for a day, but also inspire the exact physical prowess that comic books offer.
Scott Cioffi (alumnus from Phi, 2004) had a unique opportunity to do just that. He was photographed in various (awesome) heroic stances to help author Arthur O'Callaghan better illustrate his comic hero Ronan. Reference photos are valuable to artists, especially comic illustrators, because they often describe the body – especially muscle – in ways that may be hard for the illustrator to imagine.
What is especially cool is how Scott's bodybuilding will now be used to inspire others to imagine heroics. This is a concept very tied in to the iconography of bodybuilding, but rarely to most competitors step up for the chance to empower this connection. Using the physique as an image which communicates is, perhaps, the highest achievement in bodybuilding. Congratulations, Scott, for having your legendary muscle did to a myth!