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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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.

Pilot Season: Stealth #1

Thu, May 6th, 2010 | Category: Review

Kirkman and Silvestri continue to offer up "Pilot Season" books, with a character that believes "No one is above the law." Of course, that character seems to think he is.

War of the Supermen #1

Wed, May 5th, 2010 | Category: Review

Superman against 100,000 people with the same powers? Tough odds.

Brightest Day #1

Wed, May 5th, 2010 | Category: Review

While the white rings resurrected twelve heroes and villains, this issue follows only a half dozen of the returned heroes.

Wonder Woman #43

Tue, May 4th, 2010 | Category: Review

As "Wonder Woman" nears its milestone six-hundredth issue, Gail Simone begins to wrap up her tale. The end result this month is a very enjoyable issue that features some splendid art by Nicola Scott.

Mighty Avengers #36

Mon, May 3rd, 2010 | Category: Review

This issue takes a journey into Underspace which is under there. Did you just say, "Under where?" Gotcha! Sorry. Underspace is below the Microverse.

Penguins of Madagascar/Shrek (FCBD) #1

Sun, May 2nd, 2010 | Category: Review

What does a Free Comic Book Day comic have to do? What is its mission? Draw a potential reader into looking at it? Check. Entice the reader to select it? Check. Give the reader good stories? Check.

War of the Supermen (FCBD) #0

Sat, May 1st, 2010 | Category: Review

As far as free comics go, this one is not bad, but DC set the bar awfully high with last year's "Blackest Night" #0. This is no "Blackest Night."

Thunderbolts #143

Fri, April 30th, 2010 | Category: Review

The Siege of Asgard nears its end, as does the Thunderbolts as we currently know them.

Justice League: The Rise of Arsenal #2

Thu, April 29th, 2010 | Category: Review

Roy Harper struggles to adapt to the changes made to his life.