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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Red Sonja: Wrath of the Gods #1

Tue, February 9th, 2010 | Category: Review

Sonja fighting another female sword wielder. What more could you want in a "Red Sonja" comic?

Red Robin #9

Sun, February 7th, 2010 | Category: Review

Red Robin – Tim Drake – returns to Gotham City and finds Killer Moth waiting for him as a nice welcome mat.

Disney's Hero Squad #1

Fri, February 5th, 2010 | Category: Review

The heroes of "Walt Disney Comics and Stories" spring from the pages of that series into their very own new series from BOOM! Kids.

Blackest Night: Wonder Woman #3

Thu, February 4th, 2010 | Category: Review

"Blackest Night: Wonder Woman" #3 begins the wrap up of the "Blackest Night" tie-in miniseries. In other words, this is more "expanded story" than you'd get on the newly deputized Star Sapphire – Wonder Woman.

Red Tornado #6

Thu, February 4th, 2010 | Category: Review

The most recent attempt to put the spotlight on Red Tornado comes to a close –- a merciful close that left me hoping for more Red Tornado soon. The character deserves better.

Ultimate X #1

Tue, February 2nd, 2010 | Category: Review

Older comic fans will come running at the sight of Arthur Adams' name on the cover. Heck, I could be listed as writer and comic fans would still buy it just for the Arthur Adams drawings.

Invincible Iron Man #23

Tue, February 2nd, 2010 | Category: Review

Tony Stark does a great job trying to convince himself (and us) that he is Iron Man. Unfortunately, he never dons the armor in this issue. That doesn't mean this is a lost cause though.

Fantastic Four #575

Thu, January 28th, 2010 | Category: Review

Marvel's house ads for this issue show an image of a decomposing Galactus. That's in here, but not in the way you think. Or maybe it is exactly the way you think. At any rate, Mole Man makes an appearance too.

The Atom and Hawkman #46

Thu, January 28th, 2010 | Category: Review

"Blackest Night" has resurrected another title from the cancellation pile. This issue is about as close to "Blackest Night" #6 1/2 as we're going to get and it leads straight into February's "Blackest Night" #7.

Justice League: Cry for Justice #6

Wed, January 27th, 2010 | Category: Review

After the tizzy created by last issue's dismemberment, this issue promises to be quite the treat for those readers that have been anxiously awaiting the big reveal.

Chew #8

Wed, January 27th, 2010 | Category: Review

Determined to decide if "Chew" is really as fun (fun?!?) as he's heard and read, Doug samples (ha! Get it?) the most recent issue. Mmmm. Not bad. Funny aftertaste, but not bad. . .

Ultimate Enemy #1

Wed, January 27th, 2010 | Category: Review

Marvel's solicits threaten us with the revelation of the "face of true evil in the Ultimate Universe," but we never see the face in this issue. We do, however, see some great Rafa Sandoval art.

Avengers: The Initiative #32

Wed, January 27th, 2010 | Category: Review

"Siege" is under way and the Initiative -- with Taskmaster leading the charge -- is right there in the thick of the invasion of Asgard. Bad things happen.

Doctor Voodoo: Avenger of the Supernatural #4

Sun, January 24th, 2010 | Category: Review

In seeking to upend the nefarious plot of Nightmare, Doctor Voodoo reaches deep into his past to find his true power.

Green Lantern Corps #44

Thu, January 21st, 2010 | Category: Review

Guy Gardner continues his red ring-powered rampage, delivering his own unmitigated brand of justice to everyone in his path. There are some other lanterns in here too.

Phantom Stranger #42

Wed, January 20th, 2010 | Category: Review

". . . the Stranger comes when the Stranger is needed." Evidently the Stranger is needed to advance a subplot of "Blackest Night."

Incredible Hulk #606

Wed, January 20th, 2010 | Category: Review

"Fall of the Hulks" continues to rage on, with much smashing.

Thunderbolts #140

Wed, January 20th, 2010 | Category: Review

Two groups who aren't what they appear to be face off under the orders of Norman Osborn, who also isn't what he appears to be. Craziness, I tell you, but in a good way.

Marvel Super Hero Squad #1

Mon, January 18th, 2010 | Category: Review

The calculated cute caricatures of your favorite Marvel icons have made their way to the floppies. Your kids'll probably want it.

Aliens Vs. Predator: Three World War #1

Sun, January 17th, 2010 | Category: Review

After making it to the silver screen, the matchup between the Aliens and the Predators seems lackluster as a comic book concept, but this series looks to add a new dynamic to that rivalry.