Thru is not a Mary Jane story

When we started Thru as a story there was intended to be a mix of characters. Each with their strengths and weaknesses. Good and bad qualities. And struggling with life in the 1930’s.

Social norms just weren’t a problem then. People were trying to feed themselves, stay alive. A family was a real hardship. Jobs were hard, real hard to come by. We are going to touch on more of that in upcoming issues.

In the 1930’s, the US was dealing with an impossible battle with erosion that connected up with a series of economic mistakes coloring in the lines between the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. People were pushed from the Midwest to the coasts in search of work.

Hence, Thomas way back in issue 1 struggles with money even though he has a job. He hasn’t agreed to have children, doesn’t have a car, and hints that he is saving for a cushion.

Black and white relations were locked-down in one sense but there was also great respect that transcended race on an individual level. Again, when people are hungry and working for pennies, race and class just don’t worry you. Those tensions do not remain unspoken.

Aside for that, there was a conscious decision that there would be no damsel-in-distress stories. We have already seen rescues in the story where people were in danger, but not because the people involved were just frail women. In that era, men would be called on to be soldiers and sailors and the women were the ship builders, welders, mighty forces to be reckoned with.

That’s Gwen’s cue. She’s the plumb line in the Thru universe. She will discover herself in issue 3 aptly handling more problems hanging over from issue 1. Thomas left her in the lurch and shame on him for it. Issue 4 will explore her character in action once again and give her a growth opportunity.

Collectively, the attitude of these characters is always “can-do” but, in their own thoughts, there remain enormous worries and tensions. Stay tuned.

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