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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G. I. Joe: Hearts & Minds #1

Tue, June 1st, 2010 | Category: Review

IDW launches a G. I. Joe series that gives definition to some of the fringe characters of the G. I. Joe universe.

Green Lantern #54

Tue, June 1st, 2010 | Category: Review

Two Red Lanterns in the New York subway system and neither of them is Bernie Goetz. What could possibly go wrong?

Thor #610

Sat, May 29th, 2010 | Category: Review

Summoned by Balder, Thor returns to Asgard, or what's left of Asgard.

The Brave and the Bold #34

Thu, May 27th, 2010 | Category: Review

The Silver Age goodness from Straczynski and Saiz continues, bringing the Legion back in time to meet the Doom Patrol.

Dazzler #1

Wed, May 26th, 2010 | Category: Review

If disco is ever going to make a comeback, it needs to be now; Dazzler is ready and waiting.

Superman: War of the Supermen #4

Wed, May 26th, 2010 | Category: Review

The story of the "War of the Supermen" started on May 1, and draws to a close twenty-five days later. That makes this a pretty good approximation of one hundred minutes, as far as publishing goes.

Justice League of America #45

Mon, May 24th, 2010 | Category: Review

Supergirl shows up to join the Justice League just as they get attacked by Power Girl, which of course leads to a team-up with the JSA.

American Vampire #3

Sun, May 23rd, 2010 | Category: Review

After getting some advice from Skinner Sweet in the last issue, Pearl takes matters – and faces – into her own hands.

DC Universe Legacies #1

Sun, May 23rd, 2010 | Category: Review

DC rewrites history. Sort of. After continuity punches, crises of all kinds, and general uncertainty, a new history of the DC Universe emerges.

Expendables #1

Sat, May 22nd, 2010 | Category: Review

An action-adventure tale featuring a bunch of cardboard cutout characters leaves a lot to be desired. Maybe the movie will be more intriguing.

Enter the Heroic Age #1

Thu, May 20th, 2010 | Category: Review

A sampler of eight-page stories designed to entice you to check out one of five new(ish) titles from Marvel. Perhaps Marvel should have titled it "Tales to Entice."

Legion of Super-Heroes #1

Wed, May 19th, 2010 | Category: Review

Paul Levitz returns to craft new Legion stories in a new Legion title! Long-time Legion fans rejoice. New Legion fans say, "Um, OK."

Booster Gold #32

Mon, May 17th, 2010 | Category: Review

The cover promises that the Bwa-ha-ha will be brought, and it is. Giffen and DeMatteis, however, don't apply it in the manner you might be expecting.

Avengers: The Initiative #35

Mon, May 17th, 2010 | Category: Review

The Initiative closes up shop, making way for Christos Gage's "Avengers Academy" in a few weeks. That's another review for another time. This review is for one of the last chapters of "Siege."

Star Trek: Leonard McCoy, Frontier Doctor #2

Thu, May 13th, 2010 | Category: Review

Dammit, Jim, McCoy's a doctor, not an action hero.

Birds of Prey #1

Wed, May 12th, 2010 | Category: Review

Flying under the "Brightest Day" banner, the "Birds of Prey" return, bringing Hawk, Dove, and Gail Simone with them, all thanks to a White Lantern ring.

Justice League: Generation Lost #1

Wed, May 12th, 2010 | Category: Review

Maxwell Lord's back and he's brought his sense of entitlement and self-righteousness with him. Oh, and his nose is bleeding again. You know what that means.

The Fallen #1

Wed, May 12th, 2010 | Category: Review

The "Siege" of Asgard has ended. This issue deals with the aftermath of one of the deceased of that battle.

Amazing Spider-Man #630

Sun, May 9th, 2010 | Category: Review

The Lizard sheds his human skin to take on Spider-Man once again.

Avengers: The Origin #2

Sun, May 9th, 2010 | Category: Review

This issue ends with Iron Man uttering the phrase, "So let's get to work." Hopefully they do next issue.