Pop focus: DC Comics' Super Giants

Last week here we launched a series of galleries spotlighting DC Comics' 100-page titles of the 1970s. That's the era when I first discovered comics and I have fond memories of these huge titles, which combined new and old stories into one relatively affordable package.

Before the current golden age of comics re-prints, these comics were the only way to see stories from the forties, fifties and sixties. I enjoyed seeing what Batman, Superman and the rest were up to before I was born. And seeing the work of great creators of those eras.

Before the 100-page "super spectaculars," however, there were "DC Giants," which appeared on comics racks between 1970 and 1976. And that's what we highlight today.

As I said here last week, this series of galleries was inspired by Back Issue magazine, which recently did its own study of DC's thick, re-print titles. I highly recommend Back Issue #81, which you can order here.

Also from the 1970s is the DC Special series, which we'll take a look at sometime down the road.

More DC Comics 100-pagers

This wraps up our series of galleries spotlighting DC Comics' 100-page comics of the 1970s. Stay tuned tomorrow, though, when we focus on the earlier DC Giant series.

Coming Soon: Otis Redding "Soul Manifesto" box set

Out Oct. 30 from Rhino Records.

The collection features the eight studio and live albums that Redding recorded between 1964 and 1967, as well as several essential posthumous sets.

SOUL MANIFESTO offers an in-depth look at the Redding's remarkable career, including his 1964 debut Pain In My Heart and 1967's King & Queen, an album he recorded with singer Carla Thomas and the last studio album released during his lifetime. The set also comes with four posthumous releases, including 1968's The Dock Of The Bay , which topped the R&B chart that year and featured Redding's classic "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay."

Album Listing

Pain In My Heart (1964)
The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads (1965)
Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul (1965)
The Soul Album (1966)
Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary Of Soul (1966)
King & Queen - with Carla Thomas (1967)
Live In Europe (1967)
The Dock Of The Bay (1968)
The Immortal Otis Redding (1968)
In Person At The Whisky A Go Go (1968)
Love Man (1969)
Tell The Truth (1970) 

More DC Comics 100-pagers

Continuing our series of DC's 100 page super spectaculars from the 1970s.