Doug Zawisza

Livonia, MI
Plattsburgh, NY
Jul 7

My appreciation of the four-color world of comics started one Saturday morning when my mom returned from a grocery store trip with a coverless issue of some Spider-Man adventure. This was just the right time to hit me with a comic as "Super Friends" had just ended and the television was turned off for the morning. I'm not sure what the Spider-Man issue was, as I was too naive to check the indicia and the issue has since disappeared in one of my many moves, but Spider-Man made an impression on me and comics made an impression on my wallet. Comics have been a mainstay of my public display of support of capitalism ever since.

Writing for CBR isn't my first journalistic gig within the world of comics. I've also written for (which started off as where my first ever interview was with George Perez! I've also written and designed the "Hawkman Companion" for TwoMorrows and have some other ideas for other writing projects at some point in the future. Some of those ideas might involve gorillas, or they might not. Most of those ideas certainly don't involve platypi. Thanks, Perry.

At my day job, I'm an Instructional Designer, developing training materials and curriculum for those who need them, even if they don't realize they do. I have a ridiculously supportive, amazingly talented and beautiful wife and I am lucky enough to be the father of three incredibly talented and awesomely amazing young ladies who each appreciate comics in their own way. In my spare time, when I'm not being a dad, coaching soccer, mowing the lawn (or shoveling the snow), reading and reviewing comics, driving to or from work and actually doing work, I sleep.

FIRST COMIC: An unspecificed coverless Spider-Man issue, but I have reason to believe it to be "Marvel Team-Up" #58. The first one I spent my hard-earned, fifty-cent allowance on was "Justice League of America" #192.

FAVORITE CHARACTER: Firestorm, Hawkman, Benjamin J. Grimm, Cliff Steele

Articles By Doug Zawisza

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Super Friends #5

Thu, July 31st, 2008 | Category: Review

Unmistakably aimed at a younger audience in support of a toy line, but delivering a fun story that might just sneak in an educational factoid or to.

Blue Beetle #29

Thu, July 31st, 2008 | Category: Review

A new writer helms the adventures of the new Blue Beetle. It's a good start with one misstep, but a lot of hope for the future.

Joker's Asylum: Scarecrow #1

Mon, July 28th, 2008 | Category: Review

The new "Jokery's Asylum" issue gets off to a slow start, but a nice twist and pleasant art makes for an enjoyable read.

Ambush Bug: Year None #1

Wed, July 23rd, 2008 | Category: Review

Ambush Bug returns in all his glory, and Keith Giffen's got a whole new status quo in the DC Universe to play with.

Manhunter #31

Sun, July 20th, 2008 | Category: Review

The return of the "Manhunter" comic starts off with a quick -- but dense -- recap, before launching into an entertaining new storyline.

Joker's Asylum: Penguin #1

Sun, July 20th, 2008 | Category: Review

Jasons Aaron and Pearson combine to define The Penguin in a meaningful way.

Final Crisis: Requiem #1

Fri, July 11th, 2008 | Category: Review

"Requiem" is an apt farewell for the Martian Manhunter, with a poignant and memorable script by Peter J. Tomasi.

Firebreather #1

Wed, July 9th, 2008 | Category: Review

"Firebreather" returns as a regular series with series creators Phil Hester and Andy Kuhn behind the wheel. This first entry is extremely new reader friendly, as well as being a rollicking good time.

Guardians of the Galaxy #2

Sat, July 5th, 2008 | Category: Review

The series rewards old school fans while creating something new for itself in modern Marvel mythology.

Superman #677

Sat, July 5th, 2008 | Category: Review

James Robinson joins the Superman family with a strong jumping-on point for new readers, starting with Krypto and Atlas.

The Brave and the Bold #14

Thu, June 19th, 2008 | Category: Review

"Brave and the Bold" teams up Deadman with Green Arrow -- another odd combination of characters that leads to great results. Mark Waid and Scott Kolins give you lots of superhero bang for your buck.

Action Comics #866

Tue, June 17th, 2008 | Category: Review

A new "Action Comics" storyline makes a great starting point for a great title.

Pilot Season: Genius #1

Mon, June 16th, 2008 | Category: Review

Top Cow's latest Pilot Season entry is uneven, incomplete, and not interesting enough to warrant a vote for an on-going series.

Green Lantern Corps #25

Fri, June 13th, 2008 | Category: Review

It's the middle of a major storyline, but an enjoyable one. Everyone gets a little screen time. The story is quickly understood. And the art is a fine new pairing.

Hulk: Raging Thunder #1

Tue, June 10th, 2008 | Category: Review

A great value for the money, this comic gives you a classic "Hulk" tale next to a new tale from Jeff Parker and Mitch Breitweiser.

Rann-Thanagar: Holy War #2

Thu, June 5th, 2008 | Category: Review

The mini-series has potential, but is off to an incredibly slow start that isn't showing off its potential.

Blue Beetle #27

Sun, June 1st, 2008 | Category: Review

A fill-in issue for the series is a bit of a let down, but still better than most other comics on the rack.

Daredevil #107

Fri, May 30th, 2008 | Category: Review

Can a relatively new "Daredevil" reader easily hop into a new story arc with Greg Rucka coming on as co-writer? You bet.

Guardians of the Galaxy #1

Mon, May 19th, 2008 | Category: Review

The new Guardians of the Galaxy title is off to a great start thanks to a new reader friendly script and slick art.