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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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.

Haunt #17

Sun, August 28th, 2011 | Category: Review

After seventeen issues, I figure that it just might be time to take a look at this “Haunt” title. It's an interesting mix of several influences, with a strong action issue.

Justice Society of America #54

Thu, August 25th, 2011 | Category: Review

It’s last call for the Justice Society of America. Last one out, be sure to turn the lights off.

Flashpoint: Kid Flash Lost #3

Wed, August 24th, 2011 | Category: Review

The final week of “Flashpoint” tie-in madness gives us the final issue of “Kid Flash Lost,” and provides a glimpse into the “Flashpoint”- verse fates of Max Mercury, Jay Garrick, and Wally West.

Punisher #2

Wed, August 24th, 2011 | Category: Review

The umpteenth relaunch of the Punisher continues to highlight the exciting aspects of the character that are story-worthy.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1

Wed, August 24th, 2011 | Category: Review

IDW continues to crank out the comics with the tried and true licenses from the 1980s and 1990s. This time, it’s turtle power.

Captain America and Bucky #621

Wed, August 24th, 2011 | Category: Review

Marvel is helping out their loyal Captain America fans by offering two books with the star-spangled Avenger that feature great art and good stories. This one, however, has more Bucky.

Star Wars: Knight Errant – Deluge #1

Sat, August 20th, 2011 | Category: Review

The “Star Wars” universe continues to thrive and grow, and this issue has a lot to offer fans of the “Star Wars” brand, regardless of their preference of old or new trilogies.

Supergirl #67

Thu, August 18th, 2011 | Category: Review

Up, up, and away for the girl of steel as this volume of “Supergirl” closes its final cover.

Justice League of America #60

Thu, August 18th, 2011 | Category: Review

In order for a new line of “Justice League” titles to emerge from next month’s relaunch, the current “Justice League of America” title has to wrap up.

The Stuff of Legend: A Jester's Tale #1

Thu, August 18th, 2011 | Category: Review

The seventh installment of “The Stuff of Legend” brings a story of vengeance at the hands of the Jester.

Invincible Iron Man #507

Wed, August 17th, 2011 | Category: Review

Splinters of “Fear Itself” advance here and there and a little bit in this very issue. At least they were supposed to advance a little bit, right?

Flashpoint: The Outsider #3

Wed, August 17th, 2011 | Category: Review

As “Flashpoint” nears the finish line, the miniseries also draw to a close, or at least they end. Some of the action is “to be continued,” naturally.

Flashpoint: Legion of Doom #3

Wed, August 17th, 2011 | Category: Review

More “Flashpoint” miniseries starting pointing back to the main series for the conclusion.

DC Retroactive: JLA - the ‘80s #1

Fri, August 12th, 2011 | Category: Review

DC’s Retroactive line hits the 1980s, with big hair, breakdancers, and bad outfits. That’s right, the Motor City Justice League is back.