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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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.

Ghost Rider #2

Thu, August 11th, 2011 | Category: Review

Johnny Blaze hits the jungles of South America on his bike, looking for a little quality time with the new Ghost Rider.

Booster Gold #47

Thu, August 11th, 2011 | Category: Review

For the second time since "Crisis on Infinite Earths," Booster Gold's self-titled comic book series ends.

Fear Itself #5

Wed, August 10th, 2011 | Category: Review

One Captain America has already fallen to Sin, the daughter of the Red Skull. Another takes the fight back to her as Thor battles a possessed Hulk and Thing.

Amazing Spider-Man #667

Wed, August 10th, 2011 | Category: Review

The first part of "Spider-Island" opens here, with "The Amazing Spider-Manhattan." Spider- powers for (almost) everyone!

American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest #3

Wed, August 10th, 2011 | Category: Review

The other "American Vampire" story keeps going. This one follows Cash McCogan and Felicia Book on their mission as Vassals of the Morning Star.

Ultimate Fallout #4

Fri, August 5th, 2011 | Category: Review

Haven't you heard there's a new Spider-Man in town? The rest of the issue is pretty good too.

Star Wars: Dark Times – Out of the Wilderness #1

Thu, August 4th, 2011 | Category: Review

"Dark Times" continues to explore the galaxy of Star Wars in the early days of the Empire.

Moon Knight #4

Wed, August 3rd, 2011 | Category: Review

Moon Knight and Echo go on a date (of sorts) and wind up running afoul of the Night Shift.

Flashpoint: Batman Knight of Vengeance #3

Wed, August 3rd, 2011 | Category: Review

Batman and Joker go at it for the bajillionth time. This time, however, it's different. In more ways than one.

The Infinite #1

Tue, August 2nd, 2011 | Category: Review

Robert Kirkman and Rob Liefeld give you a new Image comics read that involves time travel and plays to Liefeld's over-the-top, weapons-laden, shoulder-pad-bearing tendencies to drawing characters.

Batman: The Dark Knight #4

Mon, August 1st, 2011 | Category: Review

Etrigan. Ragman. Batman. I thought you really wouldn’t need much more for a good comic. Yeah. I was wrong.

The Mighty Thor #4

Sun, July 31st, 2011 | Category: Review

Odin and Galactus engage in battle the likes of which hasn’t been seen in comics in quite some time.

Detective Comics #880

Wed, July 27th, 2011 | Category: Review

Scott Snyder writing Joker, James Gordon, James Junior, Dick Grayson, and Barbara Gordon. Yes sir, this is going to be a good story.

Ian Churchill's Marineman #6

Sun, July 24th, 2011 | Category: Review

The first volume of "Marineman" wraps up, leaving Steve Ocean and his supporting cast completely different than the way they were six issues ago. Oh, and there's a dude with an octopus for his head.