Doug Zawisza

Reviewer
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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Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam! #5

Sun, June 14th, 2009 | Category: Review

Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani step in to help get this title back on a more regular schedule. It is a different book with those two at the controls, but in an energetic sense, the enthusiasm is still very much present.

Booster Gold #21

Thu, June 11th, 2009 | Category: Review

The subfeat – er, uh, the "Second Features" start here, with the Jaime Reyes Blue Beetle sharing staples with the man who helped him get started, Booster Gold. Booster, however, is a little busy confronting the cowl.

JSA vs. Kobra #1

Thu, June 11th, 2009 | Category: Review

In this first of six issues, Kobra returns with an attack on the JSA – on their front porch! The JSA, of course don't take kindly to that.

War of Kings: Savage World of Skaar #1

Tue, June 9th, 2009 | Category: Review

The "War of Kings" continues to rage across the Marvel Universe, touching down upon Sakaar and crossing paths with Skaar.

Buck Rogers #1

Tue, June 9th, 2009 | Category: Review

The new adventures of "Buck Rogers" begin here. "Begin" is the operative word, as a great deal happens here without resolution.

Beta Ray Bill: Godhunter #1

Mon, June 8th, 2009 | Category: Review

Beta Ray Bill sets out to find – and slay – Galactus.

Mighty Avengers #25

Thu, June 4th, 2009 | Category: Review

The adventures of Henry Pym's Avengers continue with an attempt to reclaim the Dimensional Wave Inducer from the Baxter Building, home of the Fantastic Four. Oh, by the way, Reed Richards doesn't want to give it up.

Agents Of Atlas #6

Wed, June 3rd, 2009 | Category: Review

This may be issue #6 of "Agents of Atlas", but the stories within continue to be timeless tales waiting to be read and re-read. To help make this issue more timeless, Namor makes an appearance and offers some insight.

Exiles #3

Tue, June 2nd, 2009 | Category: Review

The Exiles continue their Tellus-inspired missions and find themselves opposing those they would once call friends. This issue sees their first mission in this series end, but not the way you would expect.

Dark Avengers #5

Mon, June 1st, 2009 | Category: Review

Norman Osborn speaks his piece regarding the on-air attack from the original Hawkeye. Noh-Varr has some questions about human life. BullsHawkeye gets a tap from Ares and develops a bit of a grudge.

New Mutants #2

Mon, June 1st, 2009 | Category: Review

Everything old is new again, especially the old "New Mutants" and their new, old foe who could also have been counted among the team's friends once upon a time.

Bayou, Volume 1

Sun, May 31st, 2009 | Category: Review

Critically acclaimed and worthy of acclamations, Jeremy Love's "Bayou" is collected from its online form into a hardcopy format that allows a little more portability.

The Amazing Spider-Man #595

Sat, May 30th, 2009 | Category: Review

"American Son" sets sail in this issue and Spider-Man's world will never be the same. What? You've heard that before? Really?

Superman #688

Sat, May 30th, 2009 | Category: Review

Mon-El's adventures in the "Superman" title continue. At what point does it become false advertising? Mini rant aside, Robinson continues to bring great adventures to Mon-El's life, including some subtle hints to recent DC newsmakers.

Ms. Marvel #39

Sat, May 30th, 2009 | Category: Review

Norman Osborn's "Dark Reign" continues to cast its shadow on the Marvel Universe. "Ms. Marvel" adds some more deception to those shadows and blatantly lies about it.

The Last Days of Animal Man #1

Thu, May 28th, 2009 | Category: Review

Continuing old home week for DC Comics, Gerry Conway (Google him if you have to ask) returns to craft a tale of Buddy Baker set in the not-so-distant future, but far enough in the future to be completely entertaining.

Justice Society of America #27

Thu, May 28th, 2009 | Category: Review

Jerry Ordway brings Bob Wiacek with him for an adventure featuring characters Ordway drew once, and others he can only claim as being inspiration for.

Mouse Guard: Winter 1152 #6

Thu, May 28th, 2009 | Category: Review

The second installment of the "Mouse Guard" saga wraps up, but not before paying tribute to one of the fallen Guardmice.

Red Sonja #44

Thu, May 28th, 2009 | Category: Review

Red Sonja's adventures continue on in this issue as her travels take her to Khitai, with more than one person interested in why she is doing what she's doing in this region.

Guardians of the Galaxy #14

Thu, May 28th, 2009 | Category: Review

"With Guardians of Galaxy, even dull moments are quite fraught." When a dog has this to say about a comic, it's got to be good.

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