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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Kato Annual #1

Sun, February 6th, 2011 | Category: Review

“Do me, yourselves, and the sacred arts we practice a favor keep your petty bickering and training separate.”

Freedom Fighters #6

Sat, February 5th, 2011 | Category: Review

“Are we going to stand here and whine about the odds or are we going to be the Freedom Fighters?”

JSA All-Stars #15

Sat, February 5th, 2011 | Category: Review

“We’re tracking one of those toothy bastards in a helicopter straight to what we hope and pray is the lair of one Mister Arthur Pemberton.”

Jonah Hex #64

Sat, February 5th, 2011 | Category: Review

“Ah realized long ago Ah couldn’t outride my reputation. So Ah learned to live with it. Problem is, every town’s got a tough guy with aspirations a’ bein’ a gunfighter.”

DC Universe Online Legends #1

Thu, February 3rd, 2011 | Category: Review

“And to those who fought alongside Superman and his kind, those I counted as mortal enemies. . . I need you too.”

Time Masters: Vanishing Point #6

Thu, February 3rd, 2011 | Category: Review

“Time travel isn’t as easy as walking from one room to the next, Superman. It’s far more complex. . . with variables almost too complicated to calculate!”

Secret Six #30

Thu, February 3rd, 2011 | Category: Review

“Firin’ from the hip at the woman I’m currently putting it to? Ain’t you got any chivalry or whatever at all?”

Brightest Day #19

Wed, February 2nd, 2011 | Category: Review

“Mera’s people are planning an assault on the surface world, but without you they won’t be able to shut down the Bermuda Triangle and escape.”

Twilight Guardian #1

Sun, January 30th, 2011 | Category: Review

“Wonder if I should take the binoculars. Some of the officers around here have seen me as Twilight Guardian. If they talked to me in my civilian ID, would they recognize me?”

Green Arrow #8

Sat, January 29th, 2011 | Category: Review

“Protect the forest? It grew up out of nothing. It’s an electronic dead zone – no instruments or scanning or even satellite imagery is working. And it’s growing. If you ask me, it’s not the forest that needs protecting.”

Chaos War: X-Men #2

Sat, January 29th, 2011 | Category: Review

“I am Proudstar, son of the people you call the Apache. My soul is bound to the most honored, most fierce of our spirits – the Thunderbird!”

Wonder Woman #606

Thu, January 27th, 2011 | Category: Review

“You’re right there, Princess. I owe you an equal share in this kill. After all, your carelessness led directly to her demise.”

Magneto #1

Thu, January 27th, 2011 | Category: Review

“You know me well enough to expect me to use my mutant gifts to save you and your timid and ungrateful friends and neighbors. . .”

Action Comics #897

Thu, January 27th, 2011 | Category: Review

“Lex, this is all I’m going to tell you – soon, unless you make the wrong choice, you will crack the biggest joke of all time.”

Incredible Hulk #621

Thu, January 27th, 2011 | Category: Review

“If I could, I would help you today in all the ways you ask, but know this Bruce Banner. When I grasped that power, I was guided by the wisdom beyond all our ken. And if you weren’t healed then perhaps that is as it should be.”

Chaos War #5

Wed, January 26th, 2011 | Category: Review

“Sequence and distance are compressing to infinite/eternal meaninglessness around a single point which even the non-physicists in the room must realize is the bazillion foot tall glowing bearded guy in the skirt.”

Detective Comics #873

Wed, January 26th, 2011 | Category: Review

“What I see is a common criminal. A dirty old man who sells pieces of dusty junk to rich people with too much time on their hands.”

Justice League of America #53

Sat, January 22nd, 2011 | Category: Review

“And bravo to you, my friends, I’m so relieved and so very proud of you all. Ladies, gentlemen, I give you the Justice League of America!”

Jurassic Park: The Devils in the Desert #1

Sat, January 22nd, 2011 | Category: Review

“Something dragged itself away from the crash! But what the hell leaves that kind of trail?”

Avengers Academy #8

Wed, January 19th, 2011 | Category: Review

“In the Avengers, they train you for everything. How to perform a field tracheotomy. How to resist mind control. How to disarm a bomb. But some things no one can prepare you for.”