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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Blackest Night #0

Mon, May 4th, 2009 | Category: Review

You may have been able to get your hands on a copy of "Blackest Night" #0 as part of Free Comic Book Day at your local comic shop, but if it eluded you for some reason, try and find it. It's the best free comic you'll get in some time.

The Stuff of Legend #1

Thu, April 30th, 2009 | Category: Review

It won't be fully released until July, but there is a Free Comic Book Day preview of the "The Stuff of Legend" available at better comic shops this Saturday.

Justice Society of America #26

Wed, April 29th, 2009 | Category: Review

Happy birthday, Stargirl! The end of an era happens here and it certainly makes for an enjoyable read.

Vigilante #5

Tue, April 28th, 2009 | Category: Review

The second installment of the "Deathtrap" storyline plays its way through the latest issue of "Vigilante," featuring a creative team that is a throwback to 1988.

Outsiders #17

Tue, April 28th, 2009 | Category: Review

Peter J. Tomasi's reinvigoration of "Outsiders" continues on behind the dynamic duo cover treatment, this one featuring Geo-Force and Black Lightning.

Mr. Stuffins #1

Tue, April 28th, 2009 | Category: Review

Take an interactive child's toy and upload a military-developed artificial intelligence. From here the story should be fun.

Star Wars: Dark Times #13

Sun, April 26th, 2009 | Category: Review

"Dark Times" continues to explore the galaxy of Star Wars in the early days of the Empire.

Dynamo 5 #21

Thu, April 23rd, 2009 | Category: Review

Take two young superheroes and put them on a date. Add one mystery and one drug infestation creeping into the city those heroes work in. Open cover and enjoy results.

Supergirl #40

Thu, April 23rd, 2009 | Category: Review

Superwoman's identity is revealed in this issue. Jamal Igle's super pencils are in this book too.

Buck Rogers #0

Wed, April 22nd, 2009 | Category: Review

"Buck Rogers" is still set in the 25th century, and in this issue he brings a gun to a slime fight.

Daredevil #118

Mon, April 20th, 2009 | Category: Review

Daredevil's alliance with one of his greatest foes continues forward, with devastating consequences.

Mighty Avengers #24

Mon, April 20th, 2009 | Category: Review

This issue is a nice little standalone segment steeped in the goings-on across, and history of, the Marvel Universe. That, and the Avengers meet G.R.A.M.P.A.

Secret Invasion Aftermath: Beta Ray Bill: The Green of Eden #1

Sat, April 18th, 2009 | Category: Review

"Secret Invasion" the gift that keeps on giving. This issue focuses on everyone's favorite horse-faced, hammer-wielding substitute thunder god.

Zorro #12

Fri, April 17th, 2009 | Category: Review

Zorro's adventures continue to unfold under the pen of Matt Wagner.

Amazing Spider-Man #591

Thu, April 16th, 2009 | Category: Review

The second part of the Fantastic Four team-up features Spider-Man unmasked before the Fantastic Four.

Sub-Mariner Comics 70th Anniversary Special #1

Tue, April 14th, 2009 | Category: Review

Marvel continues to celebrate their septuagenarian publishing history with a tribute to Namor, the Sub-Mariner with work from Roy Thomas and Bill Everett, among others.

Booster Gold #19

Mon, April 13th, 2009 | Category: Review

The cover says it all. This issue features 100% more Booster Gold -- without having to add any pages! Also, this issue features the return of Rip Hunter's chalkboard!

Hexed #4

Fri, April 10th, 2009 | Category: Review

This issue is far and away the most personal of the four to date. Lucifer fights for the life of her friend while under the weight of a price on her head.

Titans #12

Fri, April 10th, 2009 | Category: Review

The next Titans-centric event known as "Deathtrap" starts here. Well, maybe it started in several other places, but this is officially Part 1.

Superman: World of New Krypton #2

Wed, April 8th, 2009 | Category: Review

The introduction to New Krypton continues as Rucka, Robinson, Woods, Anderson, and Wands continue to add new pieces to the legend of Superman and his homeworld.