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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Jon Sable Freelance: Ashes of Eden #1

Tue, October 13th, 2009 | Category: Review

Jon Sable makes his return to comics. The world has changed quite a bit in the interim, but Sable remains recognizable to his fans.

Captain America Theater of War: Operation: Ghosts of My Country #1

Sat, October 10th, 2009 | Category: Review

Another "Captain America: Theater of War" story, this one features very little of Captain America himself, and chooses to focus on his spirit and influence.

R.E.B.E.L.S. Annual: Starro the Conqueror #1

Fri, October 9th, 2009 | Category: Review

When Grant Morrison wrote "JLA," Starro was one of the first characters he pitched across his League. In doing so, Morrison elevated the character of Starro. Bedard builds upon that elevation and delivers a great read.

Justice League: Cry for Justice #4

Fri, October 9th, 2009 | Category: Review

"Cry for Justice" continues on, with less crying, but the same amount of unnecessary torture, infighting, and grumpiness. Jay Garrick and the Shade appear to make things a little more interesting.

Dark Reign: The List – Secret Warriors #1

Thu, October 8th, 2009 | Category: Review

We continue to see more of Norman Osborn's list in action. In this instance, one of the items on Osborn's list comes to him.

X-Men Vs. Agents of Atlas #1

Wed, October 7th, 2009 | Category: Review

While making Utopia more hospitable, the X-Men come into conflict with the Agents of Atlas, who have invaded the X-Men's former base of operations hoping to use Cerebra.

Teen Titans #75

Thu, October 1st, 2009 | Category: Review

DC has decided the seventy-fifth issue of "Teen Titans" needs to be celebrated. Well, sort of. Beast Boy returns to this team, and another former "Teen Titan" also winds up back at the tower.

Wonder Woman #36

Wed, September 30th, 2009 | Category: Review

A warrior without a country, Wonder Woman's path takes her back into conflict with Achilles. This issue also features a breakup, an uneasy alliance, and the start of a new storyline.

Muppet Peter Pan #1

Tue, September 29th, 2009 | Category: Review

Sam the Eagle is on hand to try and save the story from being outsourced and quickly shames the "narrator" into being quiet. Yes, this is Muppets-type entertainment from the start.

Mickey Mouse and Friends #296

Tue, September 29th, 2009 | Category: Review

BOOM! Kids continues to offer the Disney-related comic book goodness! Picking up where Gemstone left off, this issue features a full-length tale of Mickey Mouse.

Justice League of America #37

Sun, September 27th, 2009 | Category: Review

This issue is the last issue before the much-anticipated creative team of James Robinson and Mark Bagley climb aboard, but that's not the entire story. The JLA (sort of) appears here too.

Avengers: The Initiative #28

Sun, September 27th, 2009 | Category: Review

While the "Dark Reign" banner doesn't fly on the cover of this title, Norman Osborn makes an appearance and presses his influence into Camp HAMMER, the training grounds of the Initiative.

Ms. Marvel #45

Sun, September 27th, 2009 | Category: Review

It appears as though one way or another, Karla Sofen's time in the Ms. Marvel tights is coming to an end. Who is going to end it and how is where the fun comes in.

Superman: Blackest Night #2

Sun, September 27th, 2009 | Category: Review

Superman and Superboy keep trying to punch Black Lantern Earth-2 Superman into submission, but punching doesn't work so well against the Black Lanterns. The Earth-2 Superman is not the only Black Lantern they have to worry about, either.

Superman: Secret Origin #1

Wed, September 23rd, 2009 | Category: Review

Geoff Johns and Gary Frank offer a fresh new take on an old story. What's that? You've seen fresh new takes on Superman before? Well, this one is also a good read too.

Underground #1

Tue, September 22nd, 2009 | Category: Review

Steve Lieber and Jeff Parker join forces to tell the tale of Wesley Fischer, a park ranger determined to preserve the integrity of Stillwater Cave.

Athena #1

Sun, September 20th, 2009 | Category: Review

When you're able to get help from the Greek god Hephaestus, you're bound to score some pretty sweet battle gear, so of course your adventures will be captured in comic book form.

The Brave and the Bold #27

Sun, September 20th, 2009 | Category: Review

Almost a year ago, it was confirmed that J. Michael Straczynski would be the regular writer of "The Brave and the Bold". For his first issue, he goes back to the tried and true team-up formula of "Batman and . . ."

Beasts of Burden #1

Sun, September 20th, 2009 | Category: Review

"Beasts of Burden" follows the adventures of some four-legged furry friends on adventures unlike any your cat or dog will encounter this week.

Blackest Night #3

Wed, September 16th, 2009 | Category: Review

Jason Rusch's girlfriend, Gehenna, shares with us, "This is totally creeping me out." Me too, Gen, me too. The third creepy issue of this creepy story is here to creep you out.

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