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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Legion Lost #2

Sat, October 15th, 2011 | Category: Review

Five members of the Legion are lost in the past, fighting an unknown number of foes with undefined capabilities. That past? Now. This book? Enjoyable.

Demon Knights #2

Thu, October 13th, 2011 | Category: Review

A band of odd characters -- including Etrigan -- sets their feet firm as they stand in the path of an invading horde.

American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest #5

Thu, October 13th, 2011 | Category: Review

Nazis, vampires, guns that shoot sunlight, and giant monsters -- this book has it all. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s written by Scott Snyder with some great Sean Murphy art.

Amazing Spider-Man #671

Wed, October 12th, 2011 | Category: Review

This installment of Spider-Island reveals the identity of “Number Six” from Horizon Labs, deals with Anti-Venom, and gives Mary Jane powers. It doesn’t do much to provide an interesting story though.

Batgirl #2

Wed, October 12th, 2011 | Category: Review

Batgirl takes on the Mirror, but doesn’t really like what she sees.

New Avengers #17

Wed, October 12th, 2011 | Category: Review

The “New Avengers” are coming at ya with a roster on the cover sure to draw casual fans in. If only the interiors could convince those fans to stick around.

Severed #3

Tue, October 11th, 2011 | Category: Review

Scott Snyder and Scott Tuft continue to offer up turn of the century creepiness in a most unsettling manner here. Just ask Chuck.

Penguin: Pain & Prejudice #1

Sat, October 8th, 2011 | Category: Review

Wah, wah, wah. The Penguin gets a chance to show readers just how bad he can be, and quite honestly, his bad makes this book very good.

Hulk #42

Fri, October 7th, 2011 | Category: Review

“Hulk of Arabia” puts the Red Hulk in Qatar and stirs up a few challenges for the Red Hulk.

Last of the Greats #1

Fri, October 7th, 2011 | Category: Review

Hey look! It’s a comic book with a #1 on the cover! The best part? It’s actually a pretty good read that offers a nice “jumping on point” for Joshua Hale Fialkov’s latest adventure from Image.

Men of War #2

Fri, October 7th, 2011 | Category: Review

The second issue of “Men of War” reports for duty. Unfortunately, parts of the story appear to be classified, as there are significant jumps therein.

O.M.A.C. #2

Thu, October 6th, 2011 | Category: Review

DiDio and Giffen expand the world around O.M.A.C. and Brother Eye, delivering a pair of DC characters that might not have been expected to appear here.

Batwing #2

Thu, October 6th, 2011 | Category: Review

Batwing continues to fight under the symbol of the Bat, even though he has a big gaping wound in his chest.

Animal Man #2

Thu, October 6th, 2011 | Category: Review

Animal Man begins to discover that the Red might be much more than he ever thought it was.

Hawk & Dove #2

Thu, October 6th, 2011 | Category: Review

Enter Condor! No, seriously. This issue introduces Condor, because evidently all the characters in this title need to be bird-themed.

Blackhawks #1

Sun, October 2nd, 2011 | Category: Review

Blackhawks are go, but where and how they’re going needs a little more attention in order to keep my attention.

The Savage Hawkman #1

Thu, September 29th, 2011 | Category: Review

If there’s one character that deserves the loving attention Aquaman is receiving in this relaunch, it’s Hawkman. He’s not exactly getting it, though.

Ghostbusters #1

Thu, September 29th, 2011 | Category: Review

As September slinks away and October draws near, thoughts turn to Halloween costumes and spooky stories of spirits and ghosts. Who are you going to call?

Annihilators: Earthfall #1

Wed, September 28th, 2011 | Category: Review

The Guardians of -- er, the Annihilators, rather -- return to Marvel’s new comics releases this week in an adventure that sends them to Earth.

Fury of the Firestorms: the Nuclear Men #1

Wed, September 28th, 2011 | Category: Review

When Jason Rusch became Firestorm, fans of Ronnie Raymond were up in arms. Now, everyone should be happy.