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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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.

DC Universe Legacies #4

Fri, August 20th, 2010 | Category: Review

“DCU Legacies” continues to jam seventy-five gallons of comic book history into a ten-gallon limited series.

Justice Society of America #42

Fri, August 20th, 2010 | Category: Review

James Robinson and Mark Bagley continue to make this JLA/JSA team-up a fun read. They even manage to pack a few surprises into this issue.

Star Wars: Legacy #50

Wed, August 18th, 2010 | Category: Review

The “Legacy” series draws to a close, but is it a “Return of the Jedi” type of close or more along the lines of “The Empire Strikes Back?”

Brightest Day #8

Wed, August 18th, 2010 | Category: Review

Hawkgirl or White Lantern Firestorm? Those are your cover options for this issue. One of them will cost a pretty penny, the other one will only run you two hundred ninety-nine pennies.

Justice League: Generation Lost #7

Mon, August 16th, 2010 | Category: Review

The JLI team (such as it is) invades Checkmate (such as it is) to try to find Max Lord (such as he is).

The Incredible Hulk #611

Sun, August 15th, 2010 | Category: Review

The penultimate chapter of “World War Hulks” delivers some smashing action that is big, loud, and green.