#5 Melvin Anthony: 1999 Super Heavyweight and Overall
After wowing judges and fans alike en route to his heavyweight and overall titles at the 1996 NPC Orange County Muscle Classic and the NPC California Championships, “Marvelous” Melvin Anthony was the brightest new star on the amateur bodybuilding scene. His show-stopping posing routines that seemed to defy gravity were fast becoming the stuff of legend, and with a flowing physique highlighted by one of the smallest waists ever seen, it seemed only a matter of time before he followed former USA champs Flex Wheeler and Chris Cormier into the pro ranks. But Anthony placed third in the heavy class in his first pro-card bid at the ’97 USA and second in the newly formed super-heavyweight class in ’98. It wasn’t until the ’99 rendition that Marvelous finally graduated to the big leagues.Anthony placed 11th in his Olympia debut in 2001, and in 2004, he won the Night of Champions. Anthony, who, throughout his career was often criticized for lacking the dry crispness to complement his natural shape and lines, answered back in 2008, dialing it in to win the Atlantic City Pro. In 2010, with the help of good friend Dennis James, he presented perhaps his best combination of condition and fullness to win the Phoenix Pro, his last contest appearance, to date. Anthony’s best showing at the Olympia was in 2006, where he placed fifth.