We are pleased to announce the continuation of Muscle, Smoke & Mirrors with the release of Volume III, Book 1. As promised last year, Volume III of this very large book project will unfold in roughly four smaller books. Our first publication, “The Comebacks”, delves into an in depth analysis of the 1980 and 1981 Mr. Olympia contests. These two events marked the comebacks of both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Franco Columbu after five year layoffs that resulted in two of the most controversial Mr. Olympias ever contested.
It was the height of the sport of competitive bodybuilding when these two physique icons chose to once again engage in competition. Did Arnold and Franco disrupt bodybuilding’s best shot at public acceptability? In researching “The Comebacks”, much more detail was uncovered surrounding these two contests from those close to the events and who have never spoken publicly before. We hope you enjoy a new look at a critical time in the evolution of the sport of bodybuilding.
  • Arnold’s comeback; did it hurt bodybuilding?
  • How did Franco’s comeback affect the sport?
  • Who was the new guard in the early 1980s? 
  • What events, characters and athletes synergized to create the apex for bodybuilding in the late 1970s?
  • Were the 1980 and 1981 Mr. Olympias FIXED?
  • Did the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1980 after a five year layoff derail the sport from its glory years?
  • What was the real rationale for Arnold to return to compete once again?
  • Was there more for him to gain or lose?
  • Go behind the scenes of the documentary, “The Comeback”!
  • Who was the real producer of this relatively obscure film made on the 1980 Mr. Olympia?
  • What damage did Arnold’s best friend Franco Columbu do by returning himself the very next year in 1981?
  • Learn who the impact judges were and how their scores dramatically affected the outcome of both events.
  • What did these two contests cost the sport of bodybuilding?
Product Description:
Muscle, Smoke & Mirrors – Volume III – Book 1 – The Comebacks, by Randy Roach
208 pages – Paperback
24 x 16 x 2 cm
9.5 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
Ships from Canada


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