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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Wolverine #5

Wed, January 19th, 2011 | Category: Review

“That’s right you sacks of crap, bow to the new big cheese! Now let’s talk about how I get outta here!”

R.E.B.E.L.S. #24

Mon, January 17th, 2011 | Category: Review

“Adam Strange assures me things are going well, but I sometimes think he views the universe through rose-colored glasses.”

Birds of Prey #8

Sun, January 16th, 2011 | Category: Review

“Batman? Ah. Been a while since he’s pulled that on me. I’m beginning to wonder if he just doesn’t know how to say goodbye.”

Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #6

Thu, January 13th, 2011 | Category: Review

“Why the hell did that message you puked up from Atrocitus mention Ganthet?!? How’s he involved in all this, Poozer?!?”

Booster Gold #40

Thu, January 13th, 2011 | Category: Review

“Just once I’d like to go to Sundollar and get one lousy cup of coffee without running into yet another super-nutjob out to rule the world.”

Titans #31

Wed, January 12th, 2011 | Category: Review

“All that’s happened since I was reborn has brought me to this moment. This is what I was meant to do. These men are merely victims of fate.”

Captain America: Man Out of Time #3

Wed, January 12th, 2011 | Category: Review

“Your phones and computers and so forth. . . they’re definitely mad scientist gizmos, but they’re not the real achievement. It’s society itself. The freedom of the people. All people.”

Batgirl #17

Wed, January 12th, 2011 | Category: Review

“I’m on a mission from Batman himself. Batman-Batman. Not to devalue other- Batman-Batman. There really isn’t a better way to convey that right now, is there?”

Spawn #200

Wed, January 12th, 2011 | Category: Review

“I’m getting sick and tired of anyone having power of some kind knowing more about me than I do! They want a piece of me, then let’s do it!”

Freedom Fighters #5

Sun, January 9th, 2011 | Category: Review

“Did you come to fight for our freedom? Did you come to liberate us from false imprisonment?”

Ian Churchill’s Marineman #2

Sun, January 9th, 2011 | Category: Review

“The marine environment needs help right now. So I decided to explore more direct methods.”

Weird Worlds #1

Fri, January 7th, 2011 | Category: Review

“Okay, stop me if you’ve heard this one before. The government contracts a chemical company, Titan, to develop a way to improve the performance of their military personnel.”

Doom Patrol #18

Fri, January 7th, 2011 | Category: Review

“Blown a. . . what is it with you people!? I’m about t’knock his damn block off, and you two’re actin’ like it’s tea time at th’ hostel!”

Batman Beyond #1

Wed, January 5th, 2011 | Category: Review

“It’s been great having time to spend with family and friends again. . . it almost feels like a normal life, you know?”

Superboy #3

Wed, January 5th, 2011 | Category: Review

“A little too busy. Smallville was supposed to be my place away from all the craziness.”

Spider-Girl #2

Sun, January 2nd, 2011 | Category: Review

“I suppose you all saw it the other day. Me against the Red Hulk. Not a smart fight. I know.”

Justice Society of America #46

Fri, December 31st, 2010 | Category: Review

“Monument Point’s got enough problems without you @?!$#%’s adding to the list.”

Hulk #28

Fri, December 31st, 2010 | Category: Review

“I’ve trashed my military career, I’m constantly attacked by my supposed allies, my family won’t talk to me, and the only place I can be human is on a secret base with the one man I can’t stand.”

Chaos War: X-Men #1

Wed, December 29th, 2010 | Category: Review

“John, I can see now what you must do. The Thunderbird that appears to only you – it’s more than your avatar, it’s a gift from your god!”

Green Lantern #61

Wed, December 29th, 2010 | Category: Review

“You are uncontrollable vengeance born from the blood first spilled. Too chaotic and too dangerous to leave unleashed on this world.”