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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Magog #10

Fri, June 18th, 2010 | Category: Review

Magog puts the hurt on some fanged balls and then worries about himself.

Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers Unleashed #4

Thu, June 17th, 2010 | Category: Review

The cover promises an evil so big it couldn't fit on the cover. I was hoping for Fin Fang Foom. Boy, was I ever disappointed.

Patricia Briggs' Alpha and Omega: Cry Wolf Volume 1 #11

Thu, June 17th, 2010 | Category: Review

Patricia Briggs' novels continue to find their way onto the new comic racks. This issue, however, might have been better off taking a detour.

Pale Horse #1

Wed, June 16th, 2010 | Category: Review

The Wild West hits with a BOOM! this week, in this tale of revenge.

Brightest Day #4

Wed, June 16th, 2010 | Category: Review

"Brightest Day" continues on, but only a select few of the returned twelve appear in this issue. Aquaman and Martian Manhunter fans are sure to be disappointed.

The Murder of King Tut #1

Mon, June 14th, 2010 | Category: Review

The story of King Tut, and the man who discovered Tut's tomb – Howard Carter – crosses over from hieroglyph into comics.

Neil Young's Greendale

Mon, June 14th, 2010 | Category: Review

Neil Young's "Greendale" album has been translated to film and photo essay, so it only seems logical that it would eventually become a graphic novel.

Tom Strong and the Robots of Doom #1

Sat, June 12th, 2010 | Category: Review

Tom Strong is back, and in this one issue everything changes for him. Sort of. As much as time travelling villains can truly change things.

Doom Patrol #11

Fri, June 11th, 2010 | Category: Review

Thayer Jost sets up an "anti-Doom Patrol" and calls the Doom Patrol out. Ambush Bug appears for oddball humor and plot device.

Justice League: Generation Lost #3

Thu, June 10th, 2010 | Category: Review

Jaime Reyes joins the crew who are trying to halt Max Lord's mad campaign, but does he remember who Max Lord is?

Titans #24

Wed, June 9th, 2010 | Category: Review

After sparking a rash of internet debates, this new villainous team settles into their monthly home under the "Titans" logo. They don't deserve to be there.

Avengers Academy #1

Wed, June 9th, 2010 | Category: Review

The next generation of Avengers starts their tale here, with Tigra, Speedball, Justice, Quicksilver, and Hank Pym as their guides. Those poor kids.

Buzzard #1

Wed, June 9th, 2010 | Category: Review

From the pages of "The Goon," here comes Buzzard, a gruff old bird who rides upon a pale horse.

Red Robin #13

Mon, June 7th, 2010 | Category: Review

Tim Drake has returned from his quest and now he has to figure out what to do with the rest of his life. Fabian Nicieza is just the right writer to help young Master Drake figure that out.

Darkstar and the Winter Guard #1

Mon, June 7th, 2010 | Category: Review

It's swinter (thank you "Phineas & Ferb") as the "Winter Guard" hits our summer comics pile.

Jonah Hex: No Way Back

Sun, June 6th, 2010 | Category: Review

Jonah Hex hits the big time with an original graphic novel, written by the monthly "Jonah Hex" writers and drawn by Jonah's artistic creator.

Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard #1

Sun, June 6th, 2010 | Category: Review

"Mouse Guard" creator David Petersen opens up the sandbox for others to play in. The end result is an enjoyable excursion.

Superman/Batman Annual #4

Thu, June 3rd, 2010 | Category: Review

This issue marks the start of the celebration for fans of the "Batman Beyond" license. Of course it helps to have a good story and great art.

Red Hood: The Lost Days #1

Thu, June 3rd, 2010 | Category: Review

What really happened to Jason Todd once he clawed his way out of the grave? The story starts here.

Captain Long Ears

Tue, June 1st, 2010 | Category: Review

Captain Long Ears and Captain Jam are on a search for Captain Big Nose, but all is not quite as it seems in this story.