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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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.

Punisher: War Zone #5

Wed, January 14th, 2009 | Category: Review

"The Resurrection of Ma Gnucci" continues here, complete with a battle-damaged pumpkin, a couple explosions, a little bloodshed and some stitches.

Jonah Hex #39

Tue, January 13th, 2009 | Category: Review

Jonah Hex makes a stand for his local saloon and that stand happens to put him up against prohibitionists and escaped convicts. Take a load off and have a read.

Spider-Man: Fear Itself #1

Sat, January 10th, 2009 | Category: Review

Spider-Man and the Man-Thing meet up again, as they have before. Except this time, it's not much of a team-up as it is a creepy stalker story.

Vixen: Return of the Lion #4

Thu, January 8th, 2009 | Category: Review

Mari Jiwe McCabe continues her adventures in her homeland as Intergang bubbles to the surface. Cameos by some Justice Leaguers and some solid fighting round out this issue

Faces of Evil: Solomon Grundy #1

Wed, January 7th, 2009 | Category: Review

Solomon Grundy, born on Monday. Printed in comic book form and released on Wednesday. This issue follows Grundy after "The Tornado's Path".

Marvels: Eye of the Camera #2

Sun, January 4th, 2009 | Category: Review

Phil Sheldon's journey through the Marvel Universe continues. However, this issue focuses squarely on Phil as his own universe is in the midst of some serious upheaval.

Green Lantern #36

Sun, January 4th, 2009 | Category: Review

"Rage of the Red Lanterns" continues as the War of Light is declared upon the universe in an issue jammed with Star Sapphires as well as Red, Blue, and Green Lanterns.

Teen Titans #66

Sat, January 3rd, 2009 | Category: Review

Under the premise of a membership drive, this issue of "Teen Titans" offers little in the way of new members, but this is just the start of a multi-part storyline.

Avengers: The Initiative #20

Sat, January 3rd, 2009 | Category: Review

The Secret Invasion aftermath continues here, not with a Dark Reign, but a cleansing rain, set to wash new storylines into the Avengers family of titles.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz #1

Sat, January 3rd, 2009 | Category: Review

Everyone knows the story, but Eric Shanower and Skottie Young give it another vibrant re-imagination in this Marvel Illustrated version.

The Flash #247

Mon, December 29th, 2008 | Category: Review

DC wraps up the longest-running post-"Crisis on Infinite Earths" title to make way for life after "Final Crisis". What does this mean for the scarlet speedster? Read on.

Secret Invasion: Requiem #1

Sun, December 28th, 2008 | Category: Review

A collection of two vital reprints, framed by eight pages of new story begins to set the stage by addressing the issue of whom the "Mighty Avengers" will be avenging.

The Spirit #24

Tue, December 23rd, 2008 | Category: Review

With the Christmas Day release of Frank Miller's interpretation of "The Spirit," this seemed like a great time to check in with Will Eisner's most famous creation on the printed page.