Doug Zawisza

Reviewer
Livonia, MI
Plattsburgh, NY
Jul 7, 2014

Doug Zawisza, also known as the Black Knight, was a Polish knight and nobleman. He served as a soldier and diplomat under the Polish king Wladyslaw II and Hungarian-Bohemian king Sigismund of Luxembourg. During his life, he was regarded as a model of knightly virtues and was renowned for winning multiple tournaments. His nickname is due to his black hair and his custom-made, black armor, which is kept at the Jasna Góra Monastery.

After his death, he was praised by the Polish historian Jan Dlugosz, the poet and Canon of Gniezno Adam Swinka, and by King Sigismund of Luxembourg. Zawisza became a folk hero in Poland, famed for reliability, and loyalty. The Polish Scouts oath reads partly: "...polegac na nim jak na Zawiszy" ('[you can] rely on [a boyscout] as on Zawisza'). A monument to Zawisza at Golubac fortress, Serbia, bears the inscription: "In Golubac, his life was taken by the Turks, the famous Polish knight, the symbol of courage and honor, Zawisza the Black. Glory to the hero!" Several Polish football clubs and other sports teams were named after him, including, Zawisza Bydgoszcz.

FIRST COMIC: "Justice League of America" #192

FAVORITE CHARACTER: Robotman/Cliff Steele

Articles By Doug Zawisza

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REVIEW: Larsen's "Savage Dragon" #200 Anniversary Spectacular

Wed, December 10th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Erik Larsen and a who's who of comic book talent celebrate "Savage Dragon" #200 in style, with 100 pages of story from the entire Dragon universe.

REVIEW: Soule & Saiz's "Swamp Thing" #37

Mon, December 8th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Charles Soule and Jesus Saiz's "Swamp Thing" #37 "a rich, satisfying read with vast potential for emotional impact."

REVIEW: Walker & Evely's "Shaft" #1

Thu, December 4th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

David F. Walker and Bilquis Evely team up for a "fun comic book filled with intrigue and rich developments" with Dynamite's "Shaft" #1.

REVIEW: Gillen & Jimenez's "Angela: Asgard's Assassin" #1

Thu, December 4th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Kieron Gillen and Phil Jimenez's "Angela: Asgard's Assassin" #1 is "one of the most technically stunning debut issues from Marvel."

REVIEW: Spencer & Lieber's "Superior Foes of Spider-Man" #17

Mon, December 1st, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber's "Superior Foes of Spider-Man" #17 closes out their fan-favorite series with "an oasis of ridiculousness."

5-STAR REVIEW: Morrison & Quitely's "The Multiversity: Pax Americana" #1

Thu, November 20th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely's "Multiversity: Pax Americana" is "a trippy, deep, mind-numbing comic" that brings Charlton characters to the fore.

REVIEW: Remender & Immonen's "All-New Captain America" #1

Wed, November 12th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Rick Remender & Stuart Immonen's "All-New Captain America" #1 is a strong start to a series that will leave readers "clamoring for more."

REVIEW: Soule & Larroca's "Death of Wolverine: The Weapon X Program" #1

Fri, November 7th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Charles Soule & Salvador Larroca craft the beginning of a new mystery in "Death of Wolverine: The Weapon X Program" #1 with "a killer cliffhanger final page."

5-STAR REVIEW: Busiek & Dewey's "Tooth & Claw" #1

Wed, November 5th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Kurt Busiek and Benjamin Dewey deliver an incredible issue with "Tooth & Claw" #1, "a comic book that simply can not be missed."

ADVANCE REVIEW: Mignola, Arcudi & Maleev's "Hellboy & the BPRD" #1

Fri, October 31st, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Mike Mignola, John Arcudi & Alex Maleev's "Hellboy & the BPRD" #1 is "the best comic to invite new readers into the dark corners of the world."

5-STAR REVIEW: Acker, Blacker & J. Bone's "Sparks Nevada" #0

Mon, October 20th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Ben Acker, Ben Blacker & J. Bone's "Sparks Nevada" #0 presents "a complete story cleverly framed around an origin of two unlikely allies."

REVIEW: Robinson & Kirk's "Fantastic Four" #11

Mon, October 20th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

James Robinson and Leonard Kirk's "Fantastic Four" #11 "pays dividends on seeds planted early on" from the very beginning of the series.

REVIEW: Soule & McNiven's "Death of Wolverine" #4

Thu, October 16th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Charles Soule & Steve McNiven's "Death of Wolverine" #4 gives the Marvel mainstay "a chance to go out like a legend" in its conclusion.

5-STAR REVIEW: Acker, Blacker & Hester's "Beyond Belief" #0

Wed, October 15th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Ben Acker, Ben Blacker & Phil Hester expand "Thrilling Adventure Hour" comics with "Beyond Belief" #0, an "all-new and amazing" issue.

REVIEW: Snyder & Capullo Kick Off "Endgame" in "Batman" #35

Mon, October 13th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo pit Batman against the Justice League in "Batman" #35, "a dynamic explosion" of an issue.

ADVANCE REVIEW: Williamson & Bressan's "Birthright" #1

Tue, October 7th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Joshua Williamson & Andrei Bressan's "Birthright" #1 is a strong debut of "a rich, new, thrilling adventure with a couple surprises along the way."

REVIEW: Kreisberg, Sokolowski & Sampere's "Green Arrow" #35

Mon, October 6th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

The creative team debut of Andrew Kreisberg, Ben Sokolowski & Daniel Sampere in "Green Arrow" #35 brings more elements of "Arrow" to comics.

REVIEW: "Green Lantern/New Gods: Godhead" #1

Fri, October 3rd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

DC Comics' "Green Lantern/New Gods: Godhead" #1 features a massive creative team, introducing the New Gods to the New 52.

REVIEW: Langridge's "Jim Henson's The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow"

Thu, October 2nd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Roger Langridge takes on "Jim Henson's The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow," "a fine addition to any library" & "a welcome adventure into imagination."

REVIEW: Venditti & Braithwaite's "Armor Hunters" #4

Thu, September 25th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Robert Venditti & Doug Braithwaite's "Armor Hunters" #4 completes an event "as clean and complete a universe-wide crossover as you'll ever see."

Captain Marvel #10

Fri, December 19th, 2014 | Category: Review

Celebrating Carol Danvers' one-hundredth solo adventure, "Captain Marvel" #10 tells the tales of Danvers' supporting cast in a story written by Kelly Sue DeConnick with art from David Lopez, Marcio Takara, and Laura Braga.

Justice League #37

Fri, December 19th, 2014 | Category: Review

A few heroes short of a League, "Justice League" #37 features Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman struggling against "The Amazo Virus" in a story written by Geoff Johns and drawn by Jason Fabok.

Rocket Salvage #1

Fri, December 19th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Rocket Salvage" #1 unfurls a new galaxy from the minds of writer Yehudi Mercado and artist Bachan where readers are treated to adventure, excitement and even a smattering of humor.

Goners #3

Thu, December 18th, 2014 | Category: Review

Treading ground between "Manifest Destiny" and "Leave It To Chance," "Goners" #3 from writer Jacob Semahn and artist Jorge Corona continues to expand the boundaries of the magical world Zoe and Josiah Latimer call home.

Avengers & X-Men: AXIS #8

Thu, December 18th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Avengers & X-Men: AXIS" #8 nudges the characters forward, but doesn't do much to deepen the legend of this series from Rick Remender and Leinil Francis Yu.

Rocket Raccoon #6

Mon, December 15th, 2014 | Category: Review

From Ego to Knowhere, "Rocket Raccoon" #6, written by Skottie Young and drawn by Jake Parker "involves way too many planet-sized heads."

Herald: Lovecraft and Tesla #1

Fri, December 12th, 2014 | Category: Review

In "Herald: Lovecraft and Tesla" #1, writer John Reilly and artist Tom Rogers bring the legendary literary figure and equally impressive inventor into a team up that leads to inspiration of sorts.

Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1

Fri, December 12th, 2014 | Category: Review

"The Amazing Spider-Man Annual" #1 presents two "Spider-Verse" free stories from writers Sean Ryan and Jai Nitz with art from Brandon Peterson and Ron Salas.

Spider-Man and the X-Men #1

Thu, December 11th, 2014 | Category: Review

At the request of his frequent ally, Wolverine, Spidey swings into the Jean Grey School for "Spider-Man and the X-Men" #1, written by Elliott Kalan and drawn by Marco Failla.

Guardians of the Galaxy Annual #1

Thu, December 11th, 2014 | Category: Review

Written by Brian Bendis with art by Frank Cho, "Guardians of the Galaxy Annual" #1 hits the racks at a prime moment, just days after the feature film became available on Blu-Ray.

Savage Dragon #200

Wed, December 10th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Savage Dragon" #200 has plenty of exactly what readers have come to expect from Erik Larsen, which covers quite a large range of content and character.

Swamp Thing #37

Mon, December 8th, 2014 | Category: Review

Writer Charles Soule, artist Jesus Saiz, colorist Matt Hollingsworth and letterer Travis Lanham pull out all the stops as they introduce the Machine Queen and set her on a path of conquest.

Legendary Star-Lord #6

Mon, December 8th, 2014 | Category: Review

In "Legendary Star-Lord" #6, writer Sam Humphries and artist Paco Medina finally send Peter Quill and Kitty Pryde on a date, and chaos ensues.

Peach and the Isle of Monsters #1

Fri, December 5th, 2014 | Category: Review

Aw Yeah Comics! adds another title to their catalog with "Peach and the Isle of Monsters" #1, written by Franco Aureliani and drawn by Agnes Garbowska.

Shaft #1

Thu, December 4th, 2014 | Category: Review

Shut your mouth! And read "Shaft" #1, written by David F. Walker and drawn by Bilquis Evely.

Angela: Asgard's Assassin #1

Thu, December 4th, 2014 | Category: Review

With gorgeous art from Phil Jimenez and Stephanie Hans, "Angela: Asgard's Assassin" #1 brings readers the adventures of the angel of Heven in this comic book written by Kieron Gillen and Marguerite Bennett.

Green Lantern #37

Thu, December 4th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Green Lantern" #37 presents the opening chapter of the final act of "Godhead" in a story written by Robert Venditti and drawn by Francis Portela.

Valiant-Sized Quantum & Woody #1

Wed, December 3rd, 2014 | Category: Review

Quantum and Woody get star treatment in a standalone mega-sized read written by Tim Siedell and James Asmus with art from Pere Pérez and Brian Level in "Valiant-Sized Quantum and Woody" #1.

All-New Invaders #12

Mon, December 1st, 2014 | Category: Review

The Martians attack in "All-New Invaders" #12, written by James Robinson and drawn by Marc Laming and Barry Kitson.

Superior Foes of Spider-Man #17

Mon, December 1st, 2014 | Category: Review

Writer Nick Spencer and artist Steve Lieber give readers one more slice of absurdity as the series concludes in "The Superior Foes of Spider-Man" #17.

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