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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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.

Green Lantern Corps #47

Wed, April 28th, 2010 | Category: Review

Tomasi and Gleason make their curtain call on "Green Lantern Corps," ushering in a "Brightest Day" on their way out.

R.E.B.E.L.S. #15

Mon, April 26th, 2010 | Category: Review

In the aftermath of the Starro adventure, Despero is hailed as a hero while Vril Dox is hated and targeted for assassination. What's all that got to do with Starfire? Not much now, but soon. . .

Hercules: Fall of an Avenger #2

Sun, April 25th, 2010 | Category: Review

The time for mourning has past. Athena now calls for action from her newest champion, Amadeus Cho.

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.