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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Morning Glories #2

Wed, September 15th, 2010 | Category: Review

Nick Spencer’s runaway hit about a prep academy includes a pop quiz for the reader and the students.

Batgirl #14

Mon, September 13th, 2010 | Category: Review

Supergirl stops by to visit with Batgirl and the dynamic duo take in a movie, fight some Draculas (yes, it is supposed to be plural) and have a pillow fight. Pretty standard fare for this series.

Booster Gold #36

Sun, September 12th, 2010 | Category: Review

Booster continues to try to find proof that Maxwell Lord III is a creep, but that means Booster is going to have to go back to the past. Again.

Weird War Tales #1

Sun, September 12th, 2010 | Category: Review

Undead armies, dinosaurs, and submarines. They just don’t make comics like this anymore.

Doom Patrol #14

Sun, September 12th, 2010 | Category: Review

Butt maps and nut jobs. Yup, we’re talking about the Doom Patrol.

American Vampire #6

Sun, September 12th, 2010 | Category: Review

Book, Pearl, Skinner Sweet, and Stephen King might be scarce in this issue, but the solid, compelling story by Scott Snyder and the mesmerizing art by Rafael Albuquerque are both still here.

Batman #703

Sun, September 12th, 2010 | Category: Review

Billed as "A Prelude to 'Bruce Wayne: the Road Home'," this issue is more filler than groundbreaker.

Our Army At War #1

Sat, September 4th, 2010 | Category: Review

As Edwin Starr once asked, “War, what is it good for?” Aside from “absolutely nothin’,” it’s good for comic book stories.

Taskmaster #1

Fri, September 3rd, 2010 | Category: Review

Taskmaster has so much going on that he can’t remember what he had for dinner. Kind of like Dory from “Finding Nemo,” except Taskmaster knows kung fu.

Gorilla-Man #3

Fri, September 3rd, 2010 | Category: Review

As Ken Hale says in this book, “Hey, don’t make me fling poo at you.” Buy this book. Read it. Enjoy it. Thank me later.

Avengers: The Children's Crusade #2

Wed, September 1st, 2010 | Category: Review

This issue features the secret origin of the Young Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Sort of.

Freedom Fighters #1

Wed, September 1st, 2010 | Category: Review

They’re fighting for your freedom! Freedom Fighters! Sorry. I got carried away there and tried to make a theme song out of it.

Justice League of America #48

Fri, August 27th, 2010 | Category: Review

The final installment of this year’s Justice League of America-Justice Society of America team-up ends with more than a little foreshadowing.

Star Wars: Blood Ties: Jango and Boba Fett #1

Fri, August 27th, 2010 | Category: Review

“Boba Fett? Where?!” Right here. Jango Fett, too.

Namor: The First Mutant #1

Thu, August 26th, 2010 | Category: Review

Namor, like Aquaman, has never really found a way to sustain a title. All the more reason for Marvel to try to launch another volume now. With vampires.

Superman/Batman #75

Wed, August 25th, 2010 | Category: Review

“Holy seventy-fifth issue, Batman!” Time for an extra-sized, extra-priced anniversary celebration.

Robocop #6

Wed, August 25th, 2010 | Category: Review

Nothing like a dose of “Robocop” to help modern-day metro-Detroiters realize things really aren’t that bad.

Supergirl #55

Mon, August 23rd, 2010 | Category: Review

Bizarrogirl am here to make fun. Or not. I don’t know. Bizarro-speak flat out confuses me sometimes!

Atlas #4

Mon, August 23rd, 2010 | Category: Review

“Atlas” hits again. No crazy crossovers, no cover banners, no glorious superstar characters. Just good comics.

Thunderbolts #147

Fri, August 20th, 2010 | Category: Review

This standalone, new-reader-friendly issue offers readers a chance to get to know the Thunderbolts. Of course, the introductions are short and incomplete, but that doesn’t make the story any less enjoyable.