Doug Zawisza

Reviewer
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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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.

Ghostbusters: The Other Side #1

Thu, October 30th, 2008 | Category: Review

Over two decades after the "Ghostbusters" hit the silver screen, they find their way to the printed page in a new adventure from IDW Publishing.

Family Dynamic #3

Mon, October 27th, 2008 | Category: Review

The premature final issue of this series provides a great read and offers hope for the future of the "Family Dynamic."

Thor: The Truth of History #1

Mon, October 27th, 2008 | Category: Review

Alan Davis takes Thor and puts him in an adventure set during the pyramid building days of ancient Egypt. If nothing else, the book looks good.

Hexed #1

Mon, October 27th, 2008 | Category: Review

"Hexed" marches far a field from the beaten path, finding the hidden supernatural elements. The title offers an original tale unlike any other found on the racks today.

DC Universe Halloween Special 2008 #1

Thu, October 23rd, 2008 | Category: Review

Elongated Man and his wife Sue act as ghost detective tour guides through the spookiness that follows fan favorites in this "DC Universe Halloween Special"

Secret Invasion #7

Thu, October 23rd, 2008 | Category: Review

The penultimate issue of Marvel's summer event continues the big-screen action and excitement, while giving fans of the Marvel Universe some great "oo!" and "ahhhh!" moments.

Superman: New Krypton Special #1

Wed, October 22nd, 2008 | Category: Review

Superman goes from being the Last Son of Krypton to one of thousands of Kryptonians here on Earth with the restoration of Kandor. Additionally, this issue addresses the repercussions of the finale from the Brainiac story.

Cyblade #1

Tue, October 21st, 2008 | Category: Review

Given a new lease on comic book life, Cyblade checks in as a winner of the "Pilot Season" initiative from Top Cow.

Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #1

Sun, October 19th, 2008 | Category: Review

James Robinson seeks to update Superman's pal in this one-shot that feeds into upcoming events in the Superman titles. The end result is a surprisingly compelling story featuring a character most wouldn't think to read about.

Indiana Jones Adventures #1

Sun, October 19th, 2008 | Category: Review

Inspired by the DVD release of "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull", Doug Zawisza looks at the newer comic adventures of Dr. Indiana Jones.

Mighty Avengers #19

Thu, October 16th, 2008 | Category: Review

The title of this issue may as well have been "Captain Marvel's Secret Invasion Identity Crisis Special," which would be more accurate to the story within.

Dragon Prince #2

Sun, October 12th, 2008 | Category: Review

This series, from Ron Marz and Lee Moder, continues to impress with a fast-paced adventure that investigates the unexplored realm of dragons.

Action Comics #870

Wed, October 8th, 2008 | Category: Review

The Brainiac storyline concludes in this issue, with permanent ramifications to the Last Son of Krypton's life. Not only that, but the next big Superman story starts here.

Manhunter #35

Mon, October 6th, 2008 | Category: Review

"Forgotten" continues, raising the stakes on Manhunter and her allies in this issue, the penultimate issue of the initial story following the return of "Manhunter" to the new issue racks.

Vixen: Return of the Lion #1

Thu, October 2nd, 2008 | Category: Review

The best character to come out of the Justice League's stint in Detroit hits the shelves in her first solo miniseries as she encounters some shadows from her own past.

Supergirl #34

Wed, October 1st, 2008 | Category: Review

After nearly three years of trying to figure itself out, "Supergirl" starts anew in this issue, which, for all intents and purposes could have been renumbered with a #1.

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