Doug Zawisza

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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Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #3

Thu, November 10th, 2011 | Category: Review

Frankenstein and his creature commandos take on a continent of invading spiders. All this book needs beyond that is dinosaurs.

Green Lantern #3

Thu, November 10th, 2011 | Category: Review

Hal Jordan and Sinestro go to attack the Sinestro Corps. . . or whatever the people with the yellow rings call themselves nowadays.

Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive #525

Thu, November 10th, 2011 | Category: Review

So Kingpin, Typhoid Mary, and Lady Bullseye walk into a “Black Panther” comic. . . The problem is, it feels too much like Daredevil's comic book.

Avengers Origins: Vision #1

Wed, November 9th, 2011 | Category: Review

The Vision gets his moment in the spotlight with this latest “Avengers Origins” issue. This issue sets the bar high for the rest of this series.

Batwoman #3

Wed, November 9th, 2011 | Category: Review

The "Batwoman" creative team continue to work seamlessly to produce the most beautiful comic in DC's stable, and the story keeps pace, too! It's Cameron Chase versus Batwoman versus the Weeping Woman.

Avengers Origins: Ant-Man & the Wasp #1

Sun, November 6th, 2011 | Category: Review

The beginning of Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne’s relationship is delivered here, tweaked and modified to be “more relevant.”

New Mutants #33

Thu, November 3rd, 2011 | Category: Review

Following the results of “Schism,” the New Mutants make their decision about where they are going to call home.

Dark Shadows #1

Thu, November 3rd, 2011 | Category: Review

Dynamite Entertainment’s licensed comic book library continues to grow, adding a vampire series for television nostalgia nuts.

Justice League International #3

Wed, November 2nd, 2011 | Category: Review

JLI is a fun superhero book that accomplishes what it sets out to do. This month, the team pairs off to investigate the threat. . .

Heart #1

Tue, November 1st, 2011 | Category: Review

Meet Rooster. He’s a mixed martial arts fighter who wants to let you into his world. Surprisingly the story is deeper than I expected.

Peanuts #0

Tue, November 1st, 2011 | Category: Review

BOOM! Studio’s kaboom! Imprint gives Snoopy and Charlie Brown a chance to reach out to a whole new audience.

The Savage Hawkman #2

Mon, October 31st, 2011 | Category: Review

The new Hawkman book continues forward, but I’m not sure where “forward” is really taking us.

Superman #2

Sun, October 30th, 2011 | Category: Review

The present day adventures of Superman continue as the Man of Steel fights a menace he can’t see!

Avengers: Solo #1

Sat, October 29th, 2011 | Category: Review

Hawkeye’s on the cover, standing under the “Avengers” logo, so it’s got to be worth picking up. If only that were true.

Amazing Spider-Man #672

Thu, October 27th, 2011 | Category: Review

“Spider-Island” reaches a dramatic conclusion, pitting Spider-Man against hordes of Spider. . .uh, people?

Aquaman #2

Wed, October 26th, 2011 | Category: Review

With a creepy villain and strong characterization, the new “Aquaman” series is off to a good start.

Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt #6

Sun, October 23rd, 2011 | Category: Review

The Initiative-lite “Fear Itself” crossover series draws to a close and makes some minor adjustments to the Avengers farm system.

Supergirl #2

Fri, October 21st, 2011 | Category: Review

For the first time in relaunch history Superman and Supergirl fight each other!

Nightwing #2

Fri, October 21st, 2011 | Category: Review

Nightwing goes for round two against his bladed attacker from last issue, and there’s some circus stuff here too.

Captain Atom #2

Thu, October 20th, 2011 | Category: Review

More Vic Stone! More Superman! More Batman! More Green Lantern! Oh yeah, Flash, too!