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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Girl Comics #1

Wed, March 3rd, 2010 | Category: Review

Marvel's "Girl Comics" is here, but it needs some more "oomph."

Age of the Reptiles: The Journey #3

Wed, March 3rd, 2010 | Category: Review

The dinosaurs continue their trek over the river, through the woods and off to grandmother's house. OK, so maybe grandma wasn't born quite yet, but the river and woods are still in this book.

Justice League: Cry for Justice #7

Wed, March 3rd, 2010 | Category: Review

"NAARGH!" So exclaims Speedy as the building she is on topples under her, much like this story toppled under the reveals of other stories being released before the finale here.

Fall of the Hulks: the Savage She-Hulks #1

Tue, March 2nd, 2010 | Category: Review

Jeff Parker hulks out, She-Hulk style.

Superman #697

Mon, March 1st, 2010 | Category: Review

Superboy and Mon-El talk about the absence of Superman, which, in a book titled "Superman" should be ironic. Instead it's just a decent read.

Wonder Woman #41

Sun, February 28th, 2010 | Category: Review

Power Girl guest stars in this issue as she and Wonder Woman fight "like thoughtless badgers in the sky for all to see."

Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam! #13

Fri, February 26th, 2010 | Category: Review

Mike Norton joins Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani, bringing a style that is all kinds of comic book cool. Readers needing a SHAZAM! fix really should check this out.

Black Lantern Green Arrow #30

Thu, February 25th, 2010 | Category: Review

Expanding on the occurrences in "Blackest Night," this issue gives us a peek into the inner workings of a Black Lantern.

Blackest Night #7

Thu, February 25th, 2010 | Category: Review

The White Lantern is revealed here. All will be well.

Amazing Spider-Man #622

Wed, February 24th, 2010 | Category: Review

Morbius and Flash Thompson offer Spider-Man a break from the deluge of foes he's faced recently. Yes, Morbius and Flash Thompson.

X-Force #24

Tue, February 23rd, 2010 | Category: Review

Selene is ascending to power; She has the knife she needed and also has Warpath as her prisoner. She knows the X-Men will come to claim him, and wouldn't have it any other way.

Avengers vs. Agents of Atlas #2

Sun, February 21st, 2010 | Category: Review

Giant-Man versus Gorilla Man equals Giant-Gorilla-Man! This issue has that to offer, as well as more of Jeff Parker's wit, accompanied by Gabriel Hardman's awesome art.

Justice League of America #42

Fri, February 19th, 2010 | Category: Review

"Justice League of America" has slogged through "Cry for Justice" and "Blackest Night," but it seems like it needs a crisis to find its own identity.

Supergirl #50

Thu, February 18th, 2010 | Category: Review

This edition of "Supergirl" hits its fiftieth issue with appearances from the Insect Queen and Gangbuster. Jamal Igle draws some really nice pictures to match Sterling Gates' solid story.

Black Widow: Deadly Origin #4

Thu, February 18th, 2010 | Category: Review

Marvel's overpriced adventures of Natasha Romanova conclude here, light on the surprises. After all, there's an ongoing "Black Widow" series coming up, doncha know?

Green Lantern #51

Wed, February 17th, 2010 | Category: Review

"Blackest Night" continues to erupt across the DCU as the Color Guard turns their collective power against the Spectre.

Titans #22

Mon, February 15th, 2010 | Category: Review

This issue's cover promises the end of an era, and I, for one, say, "Thank you!"

X-Men Forever #17

Mon, February 15th, 2010 | Category: Review

Oh, no! Rogue took Nightcrawler's powers and appearance! Now Nightcrawler looks human! Mystique is here too!

Hit-Monkey #1

Mon, February 15th, 2010 | Category: Review

Evidently it is not above or below monkeys to feel a need for vengeance. Of course, this is the Marvel universe.

Spider-Man and the Secret Wars #3

Sun, February 14th, 2010 | Category: Review

Spider-Man's all ages romp through the activities of "Secret Wars" continues here, with 100% more black costume!

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