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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Jingle Belle: Santa Claus Vs. Frankenstein

Wed, December 3rd, 2008 | Category: Review

"Jingle Belle: Santa Claus Vs. Frankenstein" addresses the increasing drive of society to go politically correct at the expense of tradition and custom. At least so it would seem.

Madame Xanadu #6

Mon, December 1st, 2008 | Category: Review

Borrowing the soothsayer of the DC Universe and elevating her to star status, Matt Wagner gives "Madame Xanadu" a chance to grow, shine and entertain. Teamed with the fresh abilities of Amy Reeder Hadley, this title is quite unlike anything else

Guardians of the Galaxy #7

Sat, November 29th, 2008 | Category: Review

After the Guardians learned of Star-Lord's heavy-handed influence in their banding together, they all went their separate ways, leaving Rocket Raccoon to pick up the pieces.

Superman #682

Wed, November 26th, 2008 | Category: Review

The Kryptonians decide that the only way things are going to get any better on Earth is if they take matters into their own hands. Turns out, things don't always go according to plan, even for Kryptonians.

Super Friends #9

Mon, November 24th, 2008 | Category: Review

Lex Luthor hatches a zany scheme to snatch away Superman's birthdays, but we learn the true meaning in time for a save of the day.

Dynamo 5 #18

Mon, November 24th, 2008 | Category: Review

"Dynamo 5" continues on, with the team now comprised not of Captain Dynamo's illegtimate children, but rather a Dynamo 5 of Substitute Heroes. The results don't quite measure up to expectations.

Mouse Guard: Winter 1152 #4

Mon, November 24th, 2008 | Category: Review

Treachery hits Lockhaven in this latest installation of "Mouse Guard: Winter 1152" as threads are continued from previous issues of this series as well as from the series prior.

Terra #2

Sun, November 23rd, 2008 | Category: Review

"Terra" continues to offer up a mysterious connection to the young ladies who possessed the name previously while setting the DCU up with new locales and adventures.

Uncanny X-Men #504

Wed, November 19th, 2008 | Category: Review

"Lovelorn" finds Colossus looking to remember days gone by, the X-Men need him to get over it, and Scott Summers and Emma Frost have a conversation without even talking.

Amazing Spider-Man #578

Wed, November 19th, 2008 | Category: Review

Chowing on some Chinese food in a deluge, Spider-Man cracks a fortune cookie to the message of "Today will be your lucky day." We all know what the ol' Parker luck is like. . .

Galveston #1

Mon, November 17th, 2008 | Category: Review

"You know, Lafitte, I think the only think more dangerous than being your enemy is being your friend." Jim Bowie offers that insight in the first issue of "Galveston", a buddy book from BOOM! The danger to the reader is minimal, but th

Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson: Homecoming #1

Sat, November 15th, 2008 | Category: Review

Mercy Thompson makes the leap from novel to graphic novel -- well comic book, actually -- in this first issue of a four-issue limited series. The art is shiny and the story is fast-paced, offering a very different read from other books out this week.

Booster Gold #14

Sat, November 15th, 2008 | Category: Review

Booster Gold's Starro adventure concludes with ramifications for the future and hope for the direction this series will chase in the coming months.

Action Comics #871

Wed, November 12th, 2008 | Category: Review

"New Krypton" continues to weave a larger tapestry with the threads of Superman's two worlds as Kryptonians and Earthlings mingle a little more, with interesting results.

Vixen: Return of the Lion #2

Sun, November 9th, 2008 | Category: Review

Vixen's adventures turn into a vision quest as she continues to learn who and what she is in this solo series starring one of the more mysterious members of the current Justice League of America.

Nova #18

Sun, November 9th, 2008 | Category: Review

"Nova" joins the ranks of Skrull-fighters, and the titular character is not alone, as he's joined by Darkhawk, Quasar, and a few stunning surprise allies.

Gigantic #1

Wed, November 5th, 2008 | Category: Review

"As we advance, our population becomes more and more dependant on entertainment," is some insight Rick Remender offers into this new title from Dark Horse.

Captain America Theater of War: Operation: Zero Point #1

Mon, November 3rd, 2008 | Category: Review

Aside from having the longest title this year, "Captain America Theater of War: Operation: Zero Point" gives us a Captain America adventure set back during Cap's heyday in World War II.

Secret Invasion: Thor #3

Fri, October 31st, 2008 | Category: Review

"Secret Invasion: Thor" wraps up with the thunder god and his buddy, Beta Ray Bill, kicking Skrulls out of Broxton Oklahoma.

Battlefields: The Night Witches #1

Thu, October 30th, 2008 | Category: Review

"Battlefields: The Night Witches" kicks off Garth Ennis' new line of stories at Dynamite Entertainment. War is hell, and it's all on display here for the reader.