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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We Kill Monsters #1

Tue, July 28th, 2009 | Category: Review

What would you do if a monster attacked your brother? Would you wrestle it? Stab it in the head with a shovel? Run away screaming like a sissy? Two brothers encounter a monster and their lives change forever.

Avengers: Initiative #26

Sat, July 25th, 2009 | Category: Review

". . . mark my words, no state will escape my attention," says Norman Osborn. We all know what a creep Osborn is, right, kids?

Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson: Homecoming #4

Sat, July 25th, 2009 | Category: Review

The first round of "Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson" wraps up with a werewolf brawl to end it all, except we don't quite see it all.

Power Girl #3

Thu, July 23rd, 2009 | Category: Review

The first arc of "Power Girl" wraps up in a super-heroic way, complete with a knockdown, drag-out brawl, a team-up, and a threat headed our way next issue.

Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps #2

Wed, July 22nd, 2009 | Category: Review

So I bought a comic with a Red Lantern, a Star Sapphire, and an Orange Lantern in it. No this isn't a joke. Why do you say that?

X-Force #17

Tue, July 21st, 2009 | Category: Review

This issue wraps up the threads dangling from the previous arc with a visit from H.A.M.M.E.R., some slashing, and much exploding.

The Amazing Spider-Man #600

Tue, July 21st, 2009 | Category: Review

If you always wanted to see Hydro-Man escape via toilet, then this book is for you. Of course, the fact that this thing clocks in at 100 pages might interest you too. Oh, and Octo-hostages, but no Octo-mom.

The Incredibles: Family Matters #4

Mon, July 20th, 2009 | Category: Review

As Mr. Incredible asks in this issue, "If you can't trust your family. . . who can you trust?" The first "Incredibles" arc concludes here.

Action Comics #879

Sun, July 19th, 2009 | Category: Review

Captain Atom joins the ranks of the second features in this issue featuring another installment about the Kryptonian sleeper agents.

Titans #15

Sun, July 19th, 2009 | Category: Review

The "S" doesn't belong on the cover of this issue of "Titans," featuring a re-introduction of Tempest, the hero formerly known as Aqualad.

Mighty Avengers #27

Wed, July 15th, 2009 | Category: Review

"Oh my God. He Alpha Flighted 'em." That's right, true believer; some folks get Alpha Flighted in this very issue. Who? Well, that would be spoiling.

Blackest Night #1

Wed, July 15th, 2009 | Category: Review

n a week besieged with undead and creepiness, DC offers up their event of the summer. This review is relatively spoiler-free.

Creepy Comics #1

Tue, July 14th, 2009 | Category: Review

"Creepy" returns to the pop-culture consciousness of America this week and brings along some art by Bernie Wrightson (a pin-up) and Alex Toth (a reprint, but still darn good).

The Last Resort #1

Sat, July 11th, 2009 | Category: Review

This book features an undead attack upon a tropical vacation spot. Good times.

Green Arrow/Black Canary #22

Sat, July 11th, 2009 | Category: Review

The cover sets Green Arrow up as the second feature, essentially making this Black Canary's book.

Uncanny X-Men: First Class #1

Thu, July 9th, 2009 | Category: Review

The all-new Uncanny X-Men are here! Well, most of them. OK, so they're the old all-new X-Men. But it does include Nightcrawler, Storm, Colossus, and Banshee. Wolverine, too!

War of Kings: Warriors #1

Wed, July 8th, 2009 | Category: Review

"War of Kings" continues to offer new ways for your wallet to maintain that slimmer summertime figure.

Green Lantern #43

Wed, July 8th, 2009 | Category: Review

Billed as a Prologue to "Blackest Night," this issue welcomes Doug Mahnke to the Green Lantern corner of the DC Universe, just in time for a world of creepiness.

War of Kings #5

Sun, July 5th, 2009 | Category: Review

The penultimate chapter of "War of Kings" sets up the final confrontation between the Kree and the Shi'Ar. Other stories have claimed that nothing will ever be the same; this issue delivers.

Jungle Girl: Season 2 #5

Sun, July 5th, 2009 | Category: Review

Dynamite Entertainment's second "Jungle Girl" storyline concludes, but it sure doesn't feel like it.