Get Ready For Awesome
I'll admit that I've never been familiar with the work of writer Mike Friedrich, but as of tonight, I'm willing to step forward and say that he may be the single greatest writer to ever work on a Marvel comic.
I was well on my way to this decision when Josh showed me the panel at left, Paul Reinman and Mike Royer's splash page for Friedrich's Ka-Zar: Lord of the Hidden Jungle #1. That is a page that features a man in a loincloth and his pet sabre-tooth tiger parchuting out of a plane to get back to a dinosaur-ridden jungle in the middle of Antarctica.
That's a sabre-tooth tiger... with a parachute... jumping out of a plane.
That, my friends, is awesome. But it's not why I think there should be a statue of Friedrich facing the Lincoln Memorial. That honor belongs to his work on Werewolf By Night #19, a feat of sheer awesomeness that can only be expressed with an ungodly amount of boldface type. Tug found it in the back and showed it to me, and I could not speak for minutes afterwards. And now, I pass it to to you.
You can get the idea from the cover, but I'm just going to go ahead and give you guys the splash page, because it's got the actual title of the story. But Be warned: It may well shatter your fragile human mind.