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The podcast dedicated to understanding 1980s pop culture, Beyond the Neon looks past the nostalgia to get beneath the skin of the decade of excess. With guest contributors from across the academic world, each documentary show looks at a different aspect of the era and examines the social, political and economic climate of the day.

Apr 18, 2019

The final part of the Beyond the Neon film marketing trilogy looks at the end of the 1980s and how popular culture was reacting to the advertising explosion of the decade.

The show explores the massive marketing and merchandising behind Tim Burton's Batman (1989) as well as how the advertising industry was represented...

Mar 7, 2019

The second in a three-part series looking at film marketing in the 1980s, Beyond the Neon look at how home video and the 'high concept' movie defined advertising approaches during the decade.


Jordan, Chris - Movies and the Reagan Presidency: Success and Ethics, Praeger 2003

Wyatt, Justin - High Concept:...

Jan 5, 2019

In the first of a three parter looking at film marketing in the 1980s, Beyond the Neon explores the history, language and landscape of cinema that led to the movie marketing we know today.


Berzsenyi, Chrystine – Evil, Beautiful, Deadly: Publicity Posters of Drive-in Horror’s Monstrous Women (Rhodes,...

Aug 29, 2018

Exploring the superhero landscape of  the 1970s, how this translated to decade that followed, and how a new president changed the way Hollywood looked at heroism in comics, tv and film.


Guest contributors

Dr Joan Ormrod, Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University and researcher in women in comics and...

Jul 3, 2018

The podcast dedicated to the 1980s continues to plumb the depths of the decade and ponder its wildest, most wonderful moments...

In the second of a two-part epic show, I continue my journey into one of the most important toy franchises of the 1980s (and my childhood) The Transformers.

I'm joined by guests including The...