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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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.

Green Lantern #1

Wed, September 14th, 2011 | Category: Review

As Sinestro returns to the Green Lantern Corps, it looks like maybe the Sinestro Corps is going to have to consider a name change.

Green Arrow #1

Sat, September 10th, 2011 | Category: Review

The relaunch has put a fresh face on Ollie Queen, except now he more closely resembles another famous comic book archer.

Batwing #1

Fri, September 9th, 2011 | Category: Review

The DC relaunch all but guaranteed a new plethora of Bat-books. Week One saw 3 released, including “Batwing," which spins out of the stories from the much-ballyhooed “Batman, Inc."

Punisher #3

Thu, September 8th, 2011 | Category: Review

Three issues into the relaunch of this title, Greg Rucka finally puts some words in the Punisher’s mouth.

Intrepid EscapeGoat #1

Thu, September 8th, 2011 | Category: Review

Brian Smith’s creator-owned series spins out from its Free Comic Book Day beginnings to deliver “The Curse of the Buddha’s Tooth.”

Atomic Robo and the Ghost of Station X #1

Wed, September 7th, 2011 | Category: Review

There are a myriad of new comic series kicking off this week. Sure to be overlooked due to its smaller footprint, Atomic Robo’s latest adventure is waiting for you, with a well-constructed story and nicely stylized art.

Justice League International #1

Wed, September 7th, 2011 | Category: Review

DC reaches back to the 1986 relaunch of “Justice League” for some basic ingredients to add to this new “Justice League International” buffet.

Swamp Thing #1

Wed, September 7th, 2011 | Category: Review

This series appears to be just what the doctor ordered to help wipe out all memory of the recently completed lackluster “Brightest Day” tie-in. Scott Snyder’s story and Yanick Paquette’s art sure helps.

Fear Itself: The Deep #3

Thu, September 1st, 2011 | Category: Review

penultimate issue of “Fear Itself: The Deep” hurls the makeshift Defenders into the deep end of the pool, but doesn’t do much to encourage them out.

Amazing Spider-Man #668

Wed, August 31st, 2011 | Category: Review

The big bad – or one of them – behind “Spider- Island” is revealed. The Jackal’s here, in all his furry, pointy-eared, green glory.

Incredible Hulks #635

Wed, August 31st, 2011 | Category: Review

One last time, with feeling: HULK SMASH!!!! Greg Pak leaves the book on a high note, with artist Paul Pelletier.

Justice League #1

Wed, August 31st, 2011 | Category: Review

The relaunch of the DC Universe starts with this issue. Unfortunately, there is a great deal of hype left unfulfilled.

Lions, Tigers and Bears: Greybeard’s Ghost

Mon, August 29th, 2011 | Category: Review

“Lions, Tigers and Bears” is a pleasant surprise on the comic racks, a story of stuffed animals come to life with fun for all ages.