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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Nightwing #153

Thu, February 12th, 2009 | Category: Review

"Last Rites" winds down and so does this title. The final issue of "Nightwing" attempts to tie a bow on the adventures of the former Boy Wonder.

Batman and the Outsiders Special #1

Wed, February 11th, 2009 | Category: Review

The new Outsiders start here. As on the cover, Alfred assembles a hand-picked team. Whose hand picked this team? Read on. . .

Thor #600

Wed, February 11th, 2009 | Category: Review

Have at thee! Marvel returns "Thor" to the numbering that began lo those many years ago with "Journey Into Mystery" #1.

Hexed #2

Tue, February 10th, 2009 | Category: Review

"Hexed" continues to blaze a new trail in the comics world. This is the best book that you haven't read yet.

War of Kings: Darkhawk #1

Wed, February 4th, 2009 | Category: Review

Darkhawk has it all going for him, a steady job, a reconciliated home, and his anger management issues appear under control. Time for a shake-up.

Wonder Woman #28

Tue, February 3rd, 2009 | Category: Review

Looking for a book with gorilla knights, Wonder Women, and threatening menaces returned from beyond our world? Even if you're not, this book is worth thumbing through.

Hero Squared: Love and Death #1

Tue, February 3rd, 2009 | Category: Review

"Hero Squared" returns to Boom! for a final (?) series. If you haven't read "Hero Squared" before, this might be a good hopping on point.

Black Panther #1

Mon, February 2nd, 2009 | Category: Review

Under a "Dark Reign," the Black Panther prowls back onto the new comic stand. While there aren't any deep identity revelations in this issue, there is a decent story.

Superman #684

Sun, February 1st, 2009 | Category: Review

The twelfth installment of the triangle number renaissance is also the first post-"New Krypton" issue in the Man of Steel's primary title. Add in a little Parasite and some Zod and this is an interesting direction to be pointed in.

Faces of Evil: Kobra #1

Sun, February 1st, 2009 | Category: Review

Faith to Kali Yuga! Kobra rises again to threaten the sanctity of the DC Universe in this "Faces of Evil" one shot.

Blue Beetle #35

Sun, February 1st, 2009 | Category: Review

The penultimate chapter in the adventures of Jaime Reyes finds the "Blue Beetle" once more balancing legacy, family and friends. While this might be the second-to-last issue of this title, it's not too late to join the fun.

Star Wars: Legacy #32

Thu, January 29th, 2009 | Category: Review

"It's a trap!" Those infamous words, bellowed by the most famous of all Mon Calamari echoed through my ears as I decided to give this issue a go. Is it really a trap? Read on. . .

Dragon Prince #4

Mon, January 26th, 2009 | Category: Review

The initial story of "Dragon Prince" from Ron Marz and Lee Moder, wraps with this issue featuring a family reunion rivaling the Skywalkers in "Return of the Jedi."

Guardians of the Galaxy #9

Sun, January 25th, 2009 | Category: Review

Disparate art styles mar an otherwise fine issue of Marvel's cosmic adventure series.

Supergirl #37

Sun, January 25th, 2009 | Category: Review

"New Krypton" is over! Long live New Krypton! The first story to deal with the throng of Kryptonians following the ten-part "New Krypton" arc presents new challenges for Supergirl.

Mighty Avengers #21

Thu, January 22nd, 2009 | Category: Review

The new "Mighty Avengers" fits well into the new "Dark Reign" Marvel Universe, with Henry Pym leading a new "Avengers" team worthy of the name.

Marvel Adventures Super Heroes #7

Tue, January 20th, 2009 | Category: Review

"Marvel Adventures Super Heroes" quietly offers up an enjoyable slugfest between Thor and Cobra this issue. Yes, of course the story also includes Loki and Odin.

War Machine #2

Mon, January 19th, 2009 | Category: Review

"War Machine" hits high and hard. This issue focuses on Rhodey's dedication to his supporting cast and uses some stunning visuals to get the job done.

Green Arrow/Black Canary #16

Sun, January 18th, 2009 | Category: Review

Andrew Kreisberg gets rolling on his first story arc in this issue featuring Merlyn and a tie in to DC's "Faces of Evil" event wannabe.

G. I. Joe #1

Thu, January 15th, 2009 | Category: Review

Knowing is half the battle, and reading is a way to win that battle. Click on in to find out what you can expect in this latest attempt to relaunch the G. I. Joe comic franchise.