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 #14

Thu, May 28th, 2009 | Category: Review

"With Guardians of Galaxy, even dull moments are quite fraught." When a dog has this to say about a comic, it's got to be good.

Superman/Batman #60

Fri, May 22nd, 2009 | Category: Review

Yet another universal mash-up occurs in this title, except that's the title of the issue. This one takes the Titans and the Justice League and offers some interesting new characters and concepts.

Vigilante #6

Thu, May 21st, 2009 | Category: Review

Thank whichever deity you worship that this lame crossover event is finally over. What's more, the true resolution happens off panel. Save your money and read the review.

The Brave and the Bold #23

Thu, May 21st, 2009 | Category: Review

Two characters from disparate futures meet up in what should be an epic for the ages. Unfortunately, it has a little After School Special flavor baked into it.

Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson: Homecoming #3

Tue, May 19th, 2009 | Category: Review

Visually distinct from the two issues prior, this issue of "Mercy Thompson" is definitely carrying on the story those earlier issues started.

The Incredibles: Family Matters #2

Tue, May 19th, 2009 | Category: Review

"You're just not super anymore." Those words are sure to haunt the nightmares of any super hero. In this case, they're spoken to Mr. Incredible.

Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers #1

Sun, May 17th, 2009 | Category: Review

The Avengers franchise expands yet again, this time to allow "Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers" a chance to shine as an all ages tour de force.

Black Panther #4

Sun, May 17th, 2009 | Category: Review

Four issues in and the "new" Black Panther still has not pulled on the cowl. We do, however, get treated to some jungle action featuring Man-Ape. Thanks Marvel.

Super Human Resources #4

Sun, May 17th, 2009 | Category: Review

"Super Human Resources" wraps up its brief run with this issue. "Whatevs. A ninja's gotta have shoes."

Titans #13

Thu, May 14th, 2009 | Category: Review

This issue is just another stone thrown at the Titans franchise trying to topple it. The Titans deserve better.

Superman: World of New Krypton #3

Thu, May 14th, 2009 | Category: Review

Superman, no longer super, tries to quell a riot and free some hostages while depowered among thousands of newly-empowered Kryptonians.

Fusion #1

Thu, May 14th, 2009 | Category: Review

Unique. Singular. Like a snowflake. That's how this story starts out, hoping to fulfill its own prophecy. With some of the most popular characters from Top Cow and Marvel coming together, this story has potential.

R.E.B.E.L.S. #4

Wed, May 13th, 2009 | Category: Review

Have you heard about " R.E.B.E.L.S."? Me too. So I decided to check it out.

War of Kings #3

Tue, May 12th, 2009 | Category: Review

The tide appears set to turn in this issue, as the Inhumans and Kree realize the sheer numbers stacked against them. Complicating matters further is the revelation of a turncoat, casting lots with a most unexpected ally.

Zorro #13

Mon, May 11th, 2009 | Category: Review

Zorro challenges Major Pasquale in an attempt to deliver justice and save his lady fair.

Jonah Hex #43

Sun, May 10th, 2009 | Category: Review

Palmiotti and Gray continue to deliver the goods to the western frontier. As new reader accessible as any book out there, this is one of the best comics you haven't picked up. Yet.

Ms. Marvel #38

Sun, May 10th, 2009 | Category: Review

Ms. Marvel does not appear in this book, unless you're talking about the "new" Ms. Marvel, formerly Moonstone.

Power Girl #1

Sun, May 10th, 2009 | Category: Review

For the first time ever, on any Earth, Power Girl gets her own ongoing series. This is the perfect jumping on point for any reader and should have been alongside "Blackest Night" on Free Comic Book Day.

Fin Fang Four Return #1

Thu, May 7th, 2009 | Category: Review

Fin Fang Foom and some other mega monsters of yesteryear find themselves dealing with some rather unfortunate circumstances, just for the amusement of the reader. Oh, and Wolverine only appears once.

Green Lantern #40

Tue, May 5th, 2009 | Category: Review

With the release of "Blackest Night" #0 for Free Comic Book Day, the War of Light is drawing nearer. This issue moves more pieces onto the virtual chessboard.