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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Darkstar and the Winter Guard #1

Mon, June 7th, 2010 | Category: Review

It's swinter (thank you "Phineas & Ferb") as the "Winter Guard" hits our summer comics pile.

Jonah Hex: No Way Back

Sun, June 6th, 2010 | Category: Review

Jonah Hex hits the big time with an original graphic novel, written by the monthly "Jonah Hex" writers and drawn by Jonah's artistic creator.

Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard #1

Sun, June 6th, 2010 | Category: Review

"Mouse Guard" creator David Petersen opens up the sandbox for others to play in. The end result is an enjoyable excursion.

Superman/Batman Annual #4

Thu, June 3rd, 2010 | Category: Review

This issue marks the start of the celebration for fans of the "Batman Beyond" license. Of course it helps to have a good story and great art.

Red Hood: The Lost Days #1

Thu, June 3rd, 2010 | Category: Review

What really happened to Jason Todd once he clawed his way out of the grave? The story starts here.

Captain Long Ears

Tue, June 1st, 2010 | Category: Review

Captain Long Ears and Captain Jam are on a search for Captain Big Nose, but all is not quite as it seems in this story.

G. I. Joe: Hearts & Minds #1

Tue, June 1st, 2010 | Category: Review

IDW launches a G. I. Joe series that gives definition to some of the fringe characters of the G. I. Joe universe.

Green Lantern #54

Tue, June 1st, 2010 | Category: Review

Two Red Lanterns in the New York subway system and neither of them is Bernie Goetz. What could possibly go wrong?

Thor #610

Sat, May 29th, 2010 | Category: Review

Summoned by Balder, Thor returns to Asgard, or what's left of Asgard.

The Brave and the Bold #34

Thu, May 27th, 2010 | Category: Review

The Silver Age goodness from Straczynski and Saiz continues, bringing the Legion back in time to meet the Doom Patrol.

Dazzler #1

Wed, May 26th, 2010 | Category: Review

If disco is ever going to make a comeback, it needs to be now; Dazzler is ready and waiting.

Superman: War of the Supermen #4

Wed, May 26th, 2010 | Category: Review

The story of the "War of the Supermen" started on May 1, and draws to a close twenty-five days later. That makes this a pretty good approximation of one hundred minutes, as far as publishing goes.

Justice League of America #45

Mon, May 24th, 2010 | Category: Review

Supergirl shows up to join the Justice League just as they get attacked by Power Girl, which of course leads to a team-up with the JSA.

American Vampire #3

Sun, May 23rd, 2010 | Category: Review

After getting some advice from Skinner Sweet in the last issue, Pearl takes matters – and faces – into her own hands.

DC Universe Legacies #1

Sun, May 23rd, 2010 | Category: Review

DC rewrites history. Sort of. After continuity punches, crises of all kinds, and general uncertainty, a new history of the DC Universe emerges.

Expendables #1

Sat, May 22nd, 2010 | Category: Review

An action-adventure tale featuring a bunch of cardboard cutout characters leaves a lot to be desired. Maybe the movie will be more intriguing.

Enter the Heroic Age #1

Thu, May 20th, 2010 | Category: Review

A sampler of eight-page stories designed to entice you to check out one of five new(ish) titles from Marvel. Perhaps Marvel should have titled it "Tales to Entice."

Legion of Super-Heroes #1

Wed, May 19th, 2010 | Category: Review

Paul Levitz returns to craft new Legion stories in a new Legion title! Long-time Legion fans rejoice. New Legion fans say, "Um, OK."

Booster Gold #32

Mon, May 17th, 2010 | Category: Review

The cover promises that the Bwa-ha-ha will be brought, and it is. Giffen and DeMatteis, however, don't apply it in the manner you might be expecting.

Avengers: The Initiative #35

Mon, May 17th, 2010 | Category: Review

The Initiative closes up shop, making way for Christos Gage's "Avengers Academy" in a few weeks. That's another review for another time. This review is for one of the last chapters of "Siege."