Doug Zawisza

Reviewer
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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5-STAR REVIEW: Acker, Blacker & Hester's "Beyond Belief" #0

Wed, October 15th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Ben Acker, Ben Blacker & Phil Hester expand "Thrilling Adventure Hour" comics with "Beyond Belief" #0, an "all-new and amazing" issue.

REVIEW: Snyder & Capullo Kick Off "Endgame" in "Batman" #35

Mon, October 13th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo pit Batman against the Justice League in "Batman" #35, "a dynamic explosion" of an issue.

ADVANCE REVIEW: Williamson & Bressan's "Birthright" #1

Tue, October 7th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Joshua Williamson & Andrei Bressan's "Birthright" #1 is a strong debut of "a rich, new, thrilling adventure with a couple surprises along the way."

REVIEW: Kreisberg, Sokolowski & Sampere's "Green Arrow" #35

Mon, October 6th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

The creative team debut of Andrew Kreisberg, Ben Sokolowski & Daniel Sampere in "Green Arrow" #35 brings more elements of "Arrow" to comics.

REVIEW: "Green Lantern/New Gods: Godhead" #1

Fri, October 3rd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

DC Comics' "Green Lantern/New Gods: Godhead" #1 features a massive creative team, introducing the New Gods to the New 52.

REVIEW: Langridge's "Jim Henson's The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow"

Thu, October 2nd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Roger Langridge takes on "Jim Henson's The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow," "a fine addition to any library" & "a welcome adventure into imagination."

REVIEW: Venditti & Braithwaite's "Armor Hunters" #4

Thu, September 25th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Robert Venditti & Doug Braithwaite's "Armor Hunters" #4 completes an event "as clean and complete a universe-wide crossover as you'll ever see."

REVIEW: Slott & Perez's "Amazing Spider-Man" #1.5

Thu, September 25th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

"Amazing Spider-Man" #1.5 concludes Dan Slott & Ramon Perez's "Learning to Crawl" story in spectacular fashion.

REVIEW: Aaron, Guera, Bisley & Ribic's "Thor: God of Thunder" #25

Mon, September 22nd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

"Thor: God of Thunder" #25 by Jason Aaron, R.M. Guera, Simon Bisley & Esad Ribic is a fitting final issue for a spectacular series.

REVIEW: Hickman Takes "Avengers" #35 Eight Months Later

Thu, September 18th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Jonathan Hickman and a cavalcade of artists take readers and characters on a long journey into the unknown in "Avengers" #35.

REVIEW: Scott Snyder & Jim Lee's "Superman Unchained" #8

Thu, September 11th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

"Superman Unchained" #8 is "a bombastic Superman story and a rollicking fun adventure" serving as the penultimate issue by Scott Snyder & Jim Lee.

5-STAR REVIEW: Soule & Saiz's "Swamp Thing: Futures End" #1

Fri, September 5th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Charles Soule and Jesus Saiz's "Swamp Thing: Futures End" #1 is "a pure winner," and stands alone as one of the best event tie-ins yet.

REVIEW: Wood & Smallwood's "Moon Knight" #7

Fri, September 5th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Brian Wood and Greg Smallwood pick up as the new creative team in "Moon Knight" #7, delivering "an enjoyable, nearly definitive introduction to Moon Knight."

REVIEW: Milligan & Fernandez's "The Names" #1

Thu, September 4th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Peter Milligan and Leandro Fernandez's "The Names" #1 "defies comparison," detailing the opening chapter to an intense mystery of finance and revenge.

5-STAR REVIEW: Palmiotti, Gray & Cooke Conclude "All-Star Western"

Fri, August 29th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray & Darwyn Cooke deliver an incredible series conclusion with "All-Star Western" #34, sending Jonah Hex into the sunset.

5-STAR REVIEW: Asmus, Van Lente & Kano's "The Delinquents" #1

Fri, August 22nd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

James Asmus, Fred Van Lente & Kano's "The Delinquents" #1 impresses with an issue that perfectly "blends humor and action, adventure and fun."

5-STAR REVIEW: Morrison, Reis & Prado's "The Multiversity" #1

Thu, August 21st, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Grant Morrison, Ivan Reis & Joe Prado deliver a debut "worthy of study and reflection, re-reading and replication" with "The Multiversity" #1.

5-STAR REVIEW: Van Lente & Fowler's "Howtoons [Re]Ignitiion" #1

Fri, August 8th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Fred Van Lente and Tom Fowler's "Howtoons [Re]Ignition" #1 revives the series in an "informative, entertaining and masterful" way.

REVIEW: Doc Ock Returns in Slott, Gage & Camuncoli's "Superior Spider-Man" #32

Thu, August 7th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Dan Slott, Christos Gage & Giuseppe Camuncoli bring back Doc Ock for "Superior Spider-Man" #32, an issue "backed by action and excitement."

REVIEW: Layman & Guillory's "Chew: Warrior Chicken Poyo" #1

Fri, August 1st, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

John Layman & Rob Guillory's "Chew: Warrior Chicken Poyo" one-shot is a "bold, ridiculous and refreshing" issue in the "Chew"-niverse.

IXth Generation #1

Fri, January 9th, 2015 | Category: Review

"IXth Generation" #1 gives readers a whole new universe to latch onto as writer Matt Hawkins, artist Stjepan Sejic and letterer Troy Peteri add to the legend of these Top Cow characters.

Wolverines #1

Tue, January 6th, 2015 | Category: Review

Following Logan's demise, a quintet of old foes and sometimes-allies decide to take up his cause and fight in his name.

Ant-Man #1

Tue, January 6th, 2015 | Category: Review

Scott Lang gets his shot at the titular role in "Ant-Man" #1, written by Nick Spencer and drawn by Ramon Rosanas.

Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive #1

Mon, January 5th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive" #1 beams down onto comic racks from writers Scott and David Tipton with artist Rachael Stott.

Green Lantern Annual #3

Mon, December 29th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Green Lantern Annual" #3 wraps up the "Godhead" saga with the regular "Green Lantern" creative team of writer Robert Venditti and artist Billy Tan on board for the final chapter.

Nova #25

Mon, December 29th, 2014 | Category: Review

Steve Rogers comes to Carefree, Arizona to have a conversation with Sam Alexander in "Nova" #25, written by Gerry Duggan and drawn by David Baldeon.

Batman Annual #3

Mon, December 29th, 2014 | Category: Review

James Tynion IV brings Roge Antonio onboard to tell a Joker-centric tale in the "Endgame" tie-in that fills the pages of "Batman Annual" #3.

Avengers & X-Men: AXIS #9

Mon, December 29th, 2014 | Category: Review

Written by Rick Remender with no less than nine folks helping out on art, "Avengers & X-Men: AXIS" #9 puts a cap on Marvel's winter event.

Aquaman #37

Mon, December 29th, 2014 | Category: Review

Grodd makes an appearance in "Aquaman" #37 as Jeff Parker and Paul Pelletier continue to reveal Atlantis' ties to the rest of the DC Universe.

Robin Rises: Alpha #1

Mon, December 29th, 2014 | Category: Review

Writer Peter J. Tomasi and artist Andy Kubert bring Damian Wayne back to Gotham in "Robin Rises: Alpha" #1.

Flash Gordon Holiday Special #1

Mon, December 22nd, 2014 | Category: Review

Checking in on Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year's, "Flash Gordon Holiday Special" #1 features a trio of stories from a plethora of creators to spread good cheer to readers everywhere.

Ms. Marvel #10

Mon, December 22nd, 2014 | Category: Review

"Ms. Marvel" #10 sends Kamala Khan on a rescue mission as the Inventor steals away with Lockjaw in a story written by G. Willow Wilson and drawn by Adrian Alphona.

Captain Marvel #10

Fri, December 19th, 2014 | Category: Review

Celebrating Carol Danvers' one-hundredth solo adventure, "Captain Marvel" #10 tells the tales of Danvers' supporting cast in a story written by Kelly Sue DeConnick with art from David Lopez, Marcio Takara, and Laura Braga.

Justice League #37

Fri, December 19th, 2014 | Category: Review

A few heroes short of a League, "Justice League" #37 features Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman struggling against "The Amazo Virus" in a story written by Geoff Johns and drawn by Jason Fabok.

Rocket Salvage #1

Fri, December 19th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Rocket Salvage" #1 unfurls a new galaxy from the minds of writer Yehudi Mercado and artist Bachan where readers are treated to adventure, excitement and even a smattering of humor.

Goners #3

Thu, December 18th, 2014 | Category: Review

Treading ground between "Manifest Destiny" and "Leave It To Chance," "Goners" #3 from writer Jacob Semahn and artist Jorge Corona continues to expand the boundaries of the magical world Zoe and Josiah Latimer call home.

Avengers & X-Men: AXIS #8

Thu, December 18th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Avengers & X-Men: AXIS" #8 nudges the characters forward, but doesn't do much to deepen the legend of this series from Rick Remender and Leinil Francis Yu.

Rocket Raccoon #6

Mon, December 15th, 2014 | Category: Review

From Ego to Knowhere, "Rocket Raccoon" #6, written by Skottie Young and drawn by Jake Parker "involves way too many planet-sized heads."

Herald: Lovecraft and Tesla #1

Fri, December 12th, 2014 | Category: Review

In "Herald: Lovecraft and Tesla" #1, writer John Reilly and artist Tom Rogers bring the legendary literary figure and equally impressive inventor into a team up that leads to inspiration of sorts.

Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1

Fri, December 12th, 2014 | Category: Review

"The Amazing Spider-Man Annual" #1 presents two "Spider-Verse" free stories from writers Sean Ryan and Jai Nitz with art from Brandon Peterson and Ron Salas.

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