The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette profiles playwright and comics writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, whose drama, The Muckle Man, premieres at the Pittsburgh City Theater:
Aguirre-Sacasa’s “day job” as it were, is writing comic books. He writes the stories and pens the words Peter Parker, Aunt May and Mary Jane Watson-Parker utter on the pages of The Sensational Spider-Man, one of several titles featuring Marvel Comics’ signature character every month.
If you want to know who to praise — or blame — for stories exploring why Peter’s Aunt May is so protective of him, look no further than Aguirre-Sacasa’s recent work on the title. The playwright’s very humanistic, compassionate approach to his stage characters echoes on every page of his comic books.
And if you doubt William Shakespeare wouldn’t have jumped at an opportunity to work a freelance gig or two between Taming of the Shrew and Two Gentlemen of Verona, then you’re discounting the fact that even full-time professional playwrights with multiple productions under their belts have to worry about paying the rent.
The article also delves into Aguirre-Sacasa’s entry into comics, when he and Steve McNiven were (briefly) tapped to replace Mark Waid and Mike Wieringo on Fantastic Four before moving on to Marvel Knights’ 4.