Dec 11, 2014
Legends of the Superheroes: a Long-Forgotten Beefcake Fest
At 7:00, he turned on the tv. I expected Mork and Mindy, but he turned the channel to Legends of the Superheroes, explaining that it was a sort of live--action version of The Challenge of the Superfriends on Saturday morning.
I hadn't watched Saturday morning tv for a few years, and I was never much interested in superhero cartoons like The Superfriends, but I let Ken watch, glancing over occasionally from my German textbook to see if there was any beefcake.
Batman and Robin were played by Adam West and Burt Ward, reprising their roles from a decade before. The other actors were unknown, at least to me
Garrett Craig bulged nicely in his Captain Marvel uniform.
But Bill Nuckols was the most memorable, a massive bodybuilder, half-naked in his Hawkman costume.
Apparently there was a sequel the next week, a spoof of Celebrity Roasts, but I didn't see it.
There was no internet yet, no way to find out anything else about the beefcake stars, so I shuffled them into the back of my memory, and eventually forgot about them.
But recently, I found an interview with them about Legends of the Superheroes.
Bill Nuckols returned to bodybuilding, placing #6 in the AAU Mr. America competition. His only tv and film credits are Moose on Sunset Cove, and Wally in Supertrain.
But you can buy Legends of the Superheroes on DVD and marvel at this long-forgotten beefcake fest from 35 years ago.