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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Atlas #5

Fri, October 1st, 2010 | Category: Review

“I only have three words for this review,” I lamented to my wife as we caught up on the day’s events. “It was awesome.”

Star Wars: Blood Ties: Jango and Boba Fett #2

Wed, September 29th, 2010 | Category: Review

If you’re a fan of Star Wars, you only need to know four words to put this on your pull sheet this week: Boba Fett. Head butt.

The Stuff of Legend Volume II: The Jungle #2

Wed, September 29th, 2010 | Category: Review

I’ve reviewed a few of the previous issues of “The Stuff of Legend,” and intend to continue to do so until you lot listen up, buy the book, and enjoy the living heck out of it.

G. I. Joe Origins #19

Mon, September 27th, 2010 | Category: Review

Snake Eyes makes an appearance in this issue of “G.I. Joe Origins.” He’s vewy quiet in this issue, but there are no wabbits to be found.

Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson: Moon Called #1

Mon, September 27th, 2010 | Category: Review

Mercy Thompson makes her full-fledged debut at Dynamite Entertainment with an adaptation of Patricia Briggs’ first Mercy Thompson novel.

Supergirl #56

Mon, September 27th, 2010 | Category: Review

Good-bye! Bizarro am not here.

Justice League: Generation Lost #10

Thu, September 23rd, 2010 | Category: Review

There’s a Batman on the cover and one inside this issue, but the mystery of Max Lord still remains unsolved.

Justice League of America #49

Thu, September 23rd, 2010 | Category: Review

The massive crossover with the JSA is in the rear view mirror. Must be time for some quality female bonding.

Deadpool Team-Up #889

Thu, September 23rd, 2010 | Category: Review

I’m about as sick of Deadpool as the next person, but any chance I get to read some more Jeff Parker-written Gorilla-Man, I’m going to take it.

Hulk #25

Thu, September 23rd, 2010 | Category: Review

“Go red right now. I’ll go green and do it again.” No, that’s not a pep talk for a college football team. It’s Bruce Banner talking to his father-in-law.

Zatanna #5

Sun, September 19th, 2010 | Category: Review

This issue continues the Zatara family reunion that started in issue #4. It also includes the requisite fight with a demon.

Justice Society of America Special #1

Fri, September 17th, 2010 | Category: Review

Magog’s story wraps up here, at least until it starts up in “Justice League: Generation Lost.”

Thor: First Thunder #1

Thu, September 16th, 2010 | Category: Review

Marvel has been putting out more Thor that you can shake an enchanted Uru cane at. Alas, this is another good Thor story.

Brightest Day #10

Thu, September 16th, 2010 | Category: Review

Black Manta stops by to liven things up a bit. In Manta’s own words, “Unexpected. But interesting.”

Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #2

Thu, September 16th, 2010 | Category: Review

“Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors” is about Green Lanterns who are warriors. Duh.

Morning Glories #2

Wed, September 15th, 2010 | Category: Review

Nick Spencer’s runaway hit about a prep academy includes a pop quiz for the reader and the students.

Batgirl #14

Mon, September 13th, 2010 | Category: Review

Supergirl stops by to visit with Batgirl and the dynamic duo take in a movie, fight some Draculas (yes, it is supposed to be plural) and have a pillow fight. Pretty standard fare for this series.

Booster Gold #36

Sun, September 12th, 2010 | Category: Review

Booster continues to try to find proof that Maxwell Lord III is a creep, but that means Booster is going to have to go back to the past. Again.

Weird War Tales #1

Sun, September 12th, 2010 | Category: Review

Undead armies, dinosaurs, and submarines. They just don’t make comics like this anymore.

Doom Patrol #14

Sun, September 12th, 2010 | Category: Review

Butt maps and nut jobs. Yup, we’re talking about the Doom Patrol.