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EC Comics 'Tales from the Crypt' comes to life in Los Angeles

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EC Comics is known for pushing the bounds of what was acceptable in comic books — pushing them so far that the industry imposed a set of strict self-censoring guidelines in the 1950s rather than risk government sanctions, while also bringing an end to the comics of EC Comics.

But the damage was done, and a generation of creators was inspired to emulate the lurid tales they remembered in their comic books. Captured Aural Phantasy Theater, the latest entity to be corrupted by EC, is in fact the only group with permission to perform stories from the pages of the notoriously sexy and gory comic books. They're doing it at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater Oct. 29 and 30.

Listen to the audio to hear my interview with CAPT's Ben Dickow and Nicole Ortega, and their exclusive performance of an excerpt from one of the stories they'll be performing next week, "Strung Along" — selected for the Halloween show because marionettes play a key role in the truly shocking story. Let's just say they're matchmakers.

Captured Aural Phantasy Theater describes itself as "what would happen if Garrison Keillor, John Waters, and Stan Lee all hooked up after a night of hard partying." They perform as a lovably hammy radio troupe, with sound effects, music, graphics and a deep respect for the source material. So try to catch one of their shows — if you dare.

Captured Aural Phantasy Theater's Halloween Special at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater. 1345 W 1st St, LA CA 90026. Thursday, Oct. 29 and Friday, Oct.30. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; show starts at 8 p.m.