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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Avengers Vs. Atlas #4

Sun, April 25th, 2010 | Category: Review

The Atlas crew finishes their publicity tour as they build momentum towards a renewal of their series next month. In the meantime, we get a decent (but heady) team-up with the Avengers.

Nova #36

Sun, April 25th, 2010 | Category: Review

"Which of us hasn't come back from the dead or had a girlfriend who was a quantum anomaly?" This issue -- the last for now -- deals with a little of both.

The Torch #7

Sun, April 25th, 2010 | Category: Review

The penultimate issue of this series follows the adventures of Torch and Toro as they enter New Berlin in a race against time to attempt to put a stop to the Thinker and his machinations.

Justice League of America #44

Thu, April 22nd, 2010 | Category: Review

With the not-so-surprise return of a fan-favorite DC character, "Justice League of America" joins the "Brightest Day". This issue is the brightest yet of this run.

Her-Oes #1

Wed, April 21st, 2010 | Category: Review

Despite the un-funny word play to try to derive a snappy title for this book, the book itself is almost enjoyable.

Ultimate Avengers #6

Wed, April 21st, 2010 | Category: Review

The first "Ultimate Avengers" story is done, but not without some worthwhile surprises.

Pantheon #1

Mon, April 19th, 2010 | Category: Review

More Zeus you say? What? You didn't ask for more Greek gods? How about as interpreted by Michael Chiklis? The end result needs a little more seasoning.

Booster Gold #31

Mon, April 19th, 2010 | Category: Review

Dan Jurgens wraps up his thirty-one issue run on the greatest hero you've never known.

Iron Man Noir #1

Sun, April 18th, 2010 | Category: Review

"Times are dark. Depression. War on the horizon. People want stories they can escape into," says Tony Stark of why does what he does. This is a good escape right here.

Brightest Day #0

Wed, April 14th, 2010 | Category: Review

After the "Blackest Night," there must be a "Brightest Day," if for no other reason than to sell some comics.

Black Widow #1

Wed, April 14th, 2010 | Category: Review

"CROK!" That's the sound of the Black Rose being kicked in the nether regions by the Black Widow. How else should you start a series starring Natasha Romanov?

Wolverine: Weapon X #12

Mon, April 12th, 2010 | Category: Review

“Tomorrow Dies Today” continues with Wolverine and Deathlok locking horns, or claws and other cybernetic parts.

Thor and the Warriors Four #1

Mon, April 12th, 2010 | Category: Review

Power Pack's team-up series continue on, this time leading the Power kids to seek out the aid of Thor.

Black Panther/Captain America: Flags of Our Fathers #1

Wed, April 7th, 2010 | Category: Review

Adolf Hitler, Baron von Strucker, Nick Fury and the Howling Commandos –--and that’s just within the first ten pages!

Wonder Woman #42

Thu, April 1st, 2010 | Category: Review

You have to admire DC's savvy marketing this week by putting Green Lanterns and a bright green background on the cover of "Wonder Woman" #42.

The Terminator: 2029 #1

Wed, March 31st, 2010 | Category: Review

The Terminator franchise returns to comics with a story set before it all began. This story focuses on Kyle Reese, the resistance fighter who comes back in time to find Sarah Connor.

Dark Wolverine #84

Wed, March 31st, 2010 | Category: Review

"Dark Wolverine" continues to be embroiled in "Siege," but this issue doesn't do much more than that.

Blackest Night #8

Wed, March 31st, 2010 | Category: Review

: "Blackest Night" draws to a close with "Brightest Day" looming on the horizon, but is it worthwhile? I say most definitely. And thank you.

Wolverine Origins #46

Tue, March 30th, 2010 | Category: Review

Wolverine is about to take on Romulus (completely different meaning for those of us living the metro-Detroit area) and needs to lay some old ghosts to rest.

The Amazing Spider-Man #627

Tue, March 30th, 2010 | Category: Review

Roger Stern joins Team Webhead for a very special Juggernaut-centric Spider-Man story that starts with Peter Parker getting a Spider-sense induced migraine.