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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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.

The Flash #1

Wed, September 28th, 2011 | Category: Review

Barry Allen pulls on the crimson cowl of the Flash once more in a sharp story and spiffy art by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #2

Mon, September 26th, 2011 | Category: Review

The new Ultimate Spider-Man begins to learn more about himself and more about what it means to be a (Spider-) Man.

Red Hood and the Outlaws #1

Sun, September 25th, 2011 | Category: Review

Dear DC, this is a really bad book. Bikini-clad aliens and violent "heroes" can't sell this one.

New Teen Titans: Games

Sat, September 24th, 2011 | Category: Review

Long before some of you readers were born, George Pérez started drawing this book. Twenty-three years later, you can kick back with a beer and read it.

Thunderbolts #163.1

Thu, September 22nd, 2011 | Category: Review

The “Point One” for “Thunderbolts” isn’t pointless. Quite the opposite in fact: this is a great point for you to start reading.

Blue Beetle #1

Thu, September 22nd, 2011 | Category: Review

I’m not blue that I’ve gotten my hands on “Blue Beetle.” Quite the opposite, my friends. This is a great introduction to a hero for a new generation.

Birds of Prey #1

Wed, September 21st, 2011 | Category: Review

Jesus Saiz is a great selling point for the new "Birds of Prey" series, and Duane Swiercynski's story doesn't let us down, either.

Batman #1

Tue, September 20th, 2011 | Category: Review

Scott Snyder had a turn at Batman with Grayson under the cowl in "Detective Comics." Now, Snyder has the chance to leave a mark on the Bruce Wayne Batman and makes a stellar first impression.

Ultimate Comics X-Men #1

Mon, September 19th, 2011 | Category: Review

The relaunch of the Ultimate Marvel Universe continues with Nick Spencer crafting the tale of the mighty mutants.

Deathstroke #1

Sun, September 18th, 2011 | Category: Review

A relaunched universe needs its bad guys and mercenaries, doesn’t it? That’d be why Deathstroke’s here.

Suicide Squad #1

Thu, September 15th, 2011 | Category: Review

Task Force X is reinstated, and this time “Suicide Squad” looks to grab more attention than any secret government sponsored team really should.

Red Lanterns #1

Thu, September 15th, 2011 | Category: Review

The rage of the Red Lanterns gets unleashed in a story that may have been the root cause of Animal Man bleeding out from his eyes. Or not. At any rate, there’s a whole lot of red here.

Mister Terrific #1

Wed, September 14th, 2011 | Category: Review

The only apparent connection to the JSA in this initial offering from DC comes absolutely nowhere near filling the JSA-sized void on the comic racks

Fear Itself #6

Wed, September 14th, 2011 | Category: Review

The penultimate issue of “Fear Itself” offers up little to be excited – or fearful – about.

Severed #2

Wed, September 14th, 2011 | Category: Review

Scott Snyder and Scott Tuft continue to offer up turn of the century creepiness.