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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Jonah Hex #39

Tue, January 13th, 2009 | Category: Review

Jonah Hex makes a stand for his local saloon and that stand happens to put him up against prohibitionists and escaped convicts. Take a load off and have a read.

Spider-Man: Fear Itself #1

Sat, January 10th, 2009 | Category: Review

Spider-Man and the Man-Thing meet up again, as they have before. Except this time, it's not much of a team-up as it is a creepy stalker story.

Vixen: Return of the Lion #4

Thu, January 8th, 2009 | Category: Review

Mari Jiwe McCabe continues her adventures in her homeland as Intergang bubbles to the surface. Cameos by some Justice Leaguers and some solid fighting round out this issue

Faces of Evil: Solomon Grundy #1

Wed, January 7th, 2009 | Category: Review

Solomon Grundy, born on Monday. Printed in comic book form and released on Wednesday. This issue follows Grundy after "The Tornado's Path".

Marvels: Eye of the Camera #2

Sun, January 4th, 2009 | Category: Review

Phil Sheldon's journey through the Marvel Universe continues. However, this issue focuses squarely on Phil as his own universe is in the midst of some serious upheaval.

Green Lantern #36

Sun, January 4th, 2009 | Category: Review

"Rage of the Red Lanterns" continues as the War of Light is declared upon the universe in an issue jammed with Star Sapphires as well as Red, Blue, and Green Lanterns.

Teen Titans #66

Sat, January 3rd, 2009 | Category: Review

Under the premise of a membership drive, this issue of "Teen Titans" offers little in the way of new members, but this is just the start of a multi-part storyline.

Avengers: The Initiative #20

Sat, January 3rd, 2009 | Category: Review

The Secret Invasion aftermath continues here, not with a Dark Reign, but a cleansing rain, set to wash new storylines into the Avengers family of titles.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz #1

Sat, January 3rd, 2009 | Category: Review

Everyone knows the story, but Eric Shanower and Skottie Young give it another vibrant re-imagination in this Marvel Illustrated version.

The Flash #247

Mon, December 29th, 2008 | Category: Review

DC wraps up the longest-running post-"Crisis on Infinite Earths" title to make way for life after "Final Crisis". What does this mean for the scarlet speedster? Read on.

Secret Invasion: Requiem #1

Sun, December 28th, 2008 | Category: Review

A collection of two vital reprints, framed by eight pages of new story begins to set the stage by addressing the issue of whom the "Mighty Avengers" will be avenging.

The Spirit #24

Tue, December 23rd, 2008 | Category: Review

With the Christmas Day release of Frank Miller's interpretation of "The Spirit," this seemed like a great time to check in with Will Eisner's most famous creation on the printed page.

Captain America: Theater of War: Operation: Zero Point

Tue, December 23rd, 2008 | Category: Review

The "Captain America: Theater of War" series of single-issue tales continues. This time, Cap is after those pinko commies.

Amazing Spider-Man #581

Fri, December 19th, 2008 | Category: Review

The grand experiment of the thrice-monthly "Amazing Spider-Man" continues with Dan Slott and Mike McKone's efforts here. Peter goes on a road trip with Harry Osborn and we get to learn about how Harry "came back" from the dead.

Terra #4

Wed, December 17th, 2008 | Category: Review

"Terra" wraps up in this issue, but the adventures of this earth-mover have only just begun. Cue Carpenters music.

Invincible Iron Man #8

Wed, December 17th, 2008 | Category: Review

A "Dark Reign" tie-in, this issue focuses on the hereafter. With the banner of "World's Most Wanted" flying on the cover, Iron Man is not about to have the easiest adventures of his career

Booster Gold #15

Sun, December 14th, 2008 | Category: Review

Following Geoff Johns and Jeff Katz, Chuck Dixon and Rick Remender, Dan Jurgens grabs the writing reins of a character he knows a thing or two about.

Nightwing #151

Wed, December 10th, 2008 | Category: Review

"Last Rites" gets set in motion in this month's issue of "Nightwing," as Nightwing visits Two-Face following their tussle in recent issues. With the title winding down, this issue provides a nice interlude before the finale.

Final Crisis #5

Wed, December 10th, 2008 | Category: Review

The critical "masterpiece" from DC hits the fifth issue and things start moving a bit. Some of the things are worthwhile, others not so much.

Vixen: Return of the Lion #3

Sun, December 7th, 2008 | Category: Review

Vixen's adventures have garnered the attention of her teammates, who soon find themselves in need of assistance. This title continues to impress, boosted by art that every comic fan should check out.