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'Night of Noir' at El Cid looks at LA's comics ban of 1948

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In September 1948, L.A. County  passed a ban on comic books. This Sunday at El Cid, Captured Aural Phantasy Theater will present its "Night of Noir" variety show that brings some of these banned comics to life in the style of an old radio program. 

Benjamin Dickow is a "Night of Noir" cast member and lectures on the history of comics at Otis College. He tells Off-Ramp that, back in the '40s, L.A. County's ban on comics became a model for similar ordinances across the nation.

Stay tuned to next weekend's Off-Ramp for more from Dickow on the comics ban. 

In the meantime, you can check out the "Night of Noir" variety show Sunday, Oct. 6, at El Cid: 4212 W. Sunset Blvd.  More info on tickets here

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