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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Batman: Battle for the Cowl #1

Wed, March 11th, 2009 | Category: Review

Gotham has missed her Dark Knight detective and protector, but this issue starts the story to put his replacement into position for the foreseeable future. Who will assume the Mantle of the Bat? The quest begins here.

Solomon Grundy #1

Sun, March 8th, 2009 | Category: Review

"Solomon Grundy" is born on Monday, but his comic was released this Wednesday and reviewed on Sunday.

Black Panther #2

Sun, March 8th, 2009 | Category: Review

Since Dr. Doom is on the cover, I think I can safely reveal that Doom attacked the Black Panther in the last issue. This leads to a new, female Black Panther, who still doesn't appear in this book.

Johnny Monster #1

Sat, March 7th, 2009 | Category: Review

"Johnny Monster" makes his debut with a self-titled three-issue mini. A monster hunter and teen heartthrob (their words, not mine), Johnny is saving us from those nasty monsters. Or is he?

Daredevil #116

Thu, March 5th, 2009 | Category: Review

"Return of the King" begins here with an update on what Wilson Fisk has been up to these past few months.

Superman: World of New Krypton #1

Wed, March 4th, 2009 | Category: Review

Spinning out of events of the last half-year's worth of stories featuring the return of Kandor, this series puts Superman on Krypton with "his" people. Whether or not he's truly welcome there is where the story comes in.

Amber Atoms #1

Mon, March 2nd, 2009 | Category: Review

Image drops another new series on us, with the sci-fi infused, self-proclaimed space opera "Amber Atoms." When you tag something "space opera," the bar is set pretty high.

She-Hulk #38

Sun, March 1st, 2009 | Category: Review

She-Hulk's title makes another curtain call, bringing her total cancelled titles somewhere into "Aquaman"-like numbers.

Elephantmen #16

Sun, March 1st, 2009 | Category: Review

Seemingly a decent jumping on point for new readers, "Elephantmen" #16 caught the attention of one reviewer.

Reign in Hell #8

Fri, February 27th, 2009 | Category: Review

The "Reign in Hell" is over for more than one contestant. Parting contestants receive a lifetime supply of brimstone and agony.

Mouse Guard: Winter 1152 #5

Fri, February 27th, 2009 | Category: Review

Some of the Guardmice return to Lockhaven and some don't. After all, something has to be left for the final issue of this series, right?

Savage Dragon #145

Thu, February 26th, 2009 | Category: Review

While many of the titles that helped launch the Image fleet have rebooted or simply faded away, "Savage Dragon" marches forward. This issue is a great jumping on point.

Blue Beetle #36

Wed, February 25th, 2009 | Category: Review

This is it. "Blue Beetle" ends here. Grab this issue and hope against marketing idiocy for more Beetle elsewhere.

Guardians of the Galaxy #10

Sun, February 22nd, 2009 | Category: Review

This issues covers a lot of ground, from Warlock's adventures to Star-Lord's peril to Major Victory's quandary. This review dials in the focus a little tighter, however.

Black Adam: The Dark Age

Sun, February 22nd, 2009 | Category: Review

Black Adam has wrecked Bialya and been declared a wanted man. The only thing he wants, however, is another chance at love. Black Adam has wrecked Bialya and been declared a wanted man. The only thing he wants, however, is another chance at love.

Outsiders #15

Sun, February 22nd, 2009 | Category: Review

"Outsiders" gets the reset button treatment, with a new creative team locked into place. This may not be issue #1, but it is a good first (baby) step.

Dynamo 5 #0

Fri, February 20th, 2009 | Category: Review

Nearly two years after their debut, "Dynamo 5" offers a jumping on point for new readers. Quick , cheap and extremely accessible, this issue is a great launching pad.

Vixen: Return of the Lion #5

Mon, February 16th, 2009 | Category: Review

Vixen's battles – internal and external – reach a resolution not to be missed.

Titans #10

Sun, February 15th, 2009 | Category: Review

In this corner, the Justice League of America! The challenger – the not-so-teen Titans! Hurry! Hurry! Hurry!

Green Lantern Corps #33

Sun, February 15th, 2009 | Category: Review

This book continues to impress. In the opinion of the reviewer, this is THE Green Lantern book to read right now.