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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
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The massive crossover with the JSA is in the rear view mirror. Must be time for some quality female bonding.
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.
“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.
This issue continues the Zatara family reunion that started in issue #4. It also includes the requisite fight with a demon.
Magog’s story wraps up here, at least until it starts up in “Justice League: Generation Lost.”
Marvel has been putting out more Thor that you can shake an enchanted Uru cane at. Alas, this is another good Thor story.
Black Manta stops by to liven things up a bit. In Manta’s own words, “Unexpected. But interesting.”
“Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors” is about Green Lanterns who are warriors. Duh.
Nick Spencer’s runaway hit about a prep academy includes a pop quiz for the reader and the students.
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 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.
Undead armies, dinosaurs, and submarines. They just don’t make comics like this anymore.
Butt maps and nut jobs. Yup, we’re talking about the Doom Patrol.
Book, Pearl, Skinner Sweet, and Stephen King might be scarce in this issue, but the solid, compelling story by Scott Snyder and the mesmerizing art by Rafael Albuquerque are both still here.
Billed as "A Prelude to 'Bruce Wayne: the Road Home'," this issue is more filler than groundbreaker.
As Edwin Starr once asked, “War, what is it good for?” Aside from “absolutely nothin’,” it’s good for comic book stories.
Taskmaster has so much going on that he can’t remember what he had for dinner. Kind of like Dory from “Finding Nemo,” except Taskmaster knows kung fu.
As Ken Hale says in this book, “Hey, don’t make me fling poo at you.” Buy this book. Read it. Enjoy it. Thank me later.
This issue features the secret origin of the Young Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Sort of.
They’re fighting for your freedom! Freedom Fighters! Sorry. I got carried away there and tried to make a theme song out of it.