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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Invincible Iron Man #20

Thu, November 26th, 2009 | Category: Review

Iron Man's next big story starts here, with the first installment of "Stark: Disassembled."

Justice League of America #39

Thu, November 26th, 2009 | Category: Review

"Paco Ramone of Earth. Rise." More haunting words have not been set forth in any segment of "Blackest Night" to this point.

Green Lantern #48

Wed, November 25th, 2009 | Category: Review

Larfleeze and Atrocitus share a delicate moment, and Sinestro bears his feelings to Hal Jordan. This issue also contains a few other Lanterns and some promises made under duress.

Teen Titans #77

Wed, November 25th, 2009 | Category: Review

J. T. Krul continues his exploration of the Black Lanterns that would rise around Titans Tower.

Incredible Hercules #138

Tue, November 24th, 2009 | Category: Review

"MAMATHOOOOOM!" With some of the best onomatopoeia in comics today, the thunder rolls across the heavenly pages of "Incredible Hercules".

Marvel Adventures Super Heroes #17

Sat, November 14th, 2009 | Category: Review

Keeping in step with Marvel's re-branding of their Marvel Adventures line, "Marvel Adventures Super Heroes" gets a new direction and purpose.

JSA vs. Kobra #6

Sat, November 14th, 2009 | Category: Review

The chess match between Kobra and the JSA comes to close in this issue, but their interwoven story doesn't end here.

Strange #1

Wed, November 11th, 2009 | Category: Review

The cover says it all, "The Doctor is out!" Indeed. No longer flaunting his pedigree, Stephen Strange finds a new adventure in this limited series by Mark Waid and Emma Rios.

Wall-E #0

Tue, November 10th, 2009 | Category: Review

The comic boook equivalent of a a silent movie, WALL-E is BOOM!'s latest Disney/Pixar property to make the transition to the printed page.

Black Widow: Deadly Origin #1

Tue, November 10th, 2009 | Category: Review

Marvel gives the adoring public a chance to catch up with the Black Widow as the character is poised to ascend to the silver screen in the highly anticipated "Iron Man" sequel. This book might have been better served as a complete recapture of t

Deathlok #1

Tue, November 10th, 2009 | Category: Review

Marvel tries to restart the Deathlok franchise again, only this time with more background -- or is it with more decompression? "Kill them all and let God sort them out." Ugh.

Doctor Voodoo: Avenger of the Supernatural #2

Tue, November 10th, 2009 | Category: Review

Following a confrontation with Doctor Doom, Jericho Drumm, i.e. Doctor Voodoo, Earth's Sorcerer Supreme, has to figure out where he is and how he can return to Earth.

Assault on New Olympus #1

Sun, November 8th, 2009 | Category: Review

Marvel's other big story begins right here. While "Dark Reign" thunders on, a story with great characters and lasting repercussions is brewing right here. All that plus a full day's supply of "Agents of Atlas."

The Last Days of Animal Man #6

Sun, November 1st, 2009 | Category: Review

Buddy Baker's crimefighting career ends in this issue. Of course, this story is set in the not-so-distant future.

Detective Comics #858

Fri, October 30th, 2009 | Category: Review

As though I needed to develop a man-crush on a comic book artist. This issue is crush-inducing, so read at your own risk.

World's Finest #1

Thu, October 29th, 2009 | Category: Review

The DC Universe has frequently embraced the concept of legacy, frequently using old names in new ways to keep a brand alive or to spawn new ideas. "World's Finest" returns from the idea bin with a fresh team-up and a load of fun.

Blackest Night: Titans #3

Thu, October 29th, 2009 | Category: Review

"Blackest Night: Titans" ends here with a revelation of how to attack the Black Lanterns and a resolution that promises to bring many of these Titans to the main action.

Dark Reign: The List – Punisher #1

Thu, October 29th, 2009 | Category: Review

After surviving an assassination attempt perpetrated by Frank Castle, Norman Osborn decides to return the favor in his own special way.

The Incredible Hercules #137

Tue, October 27th, 2009 | Category: Review

This issue of "Incredible Hercules" follows the continuing journey of Amadeus Cho. The decisions he makes here will play out in these pages for a long time to come.

DCU Halloween Special 2009 #1

Tue, October 27th, 2009 | Category: Review

Continuing a DCU tradition, this issue features a bunch of fan favorite characters celebrating the Halloween season. The efforts put forth for the stories contained in this issue -- as well as the results -- are mixed.