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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Potter's Field: Stone Cold #1

Sun, March 22nd, 2009 | Category: Review

Mark Waid continues to build universes over at Boom!! and "Potter's Field" is a little corner very much worth checking out.

Invincible #60

Thu, March 19th, 2009 | Category: Review

Even if the event of this book were just the cover, it would be a success. "Invincible" #60 has a lot of action packed inside that extra-wide cover.

Black Lightning: Year One #6

Thu, March 19th, 2009 | Category: Review

"Black Lightning: Year One" ends, just as you knew it would with this sixth (of six) issues. Van Meter and Hamner deliver a solid conclusion.

Vigilante #4

Wed, March 18th, 2009 | Category: Review

No one does a frenetic, energy-filled cover like Walt Simonson. If he'd only taken the virtual camera back a little on this one, it would have looked a lot different.

X-Force #13

Tue, March 17th, 2009 | Category: Review

"Prelude to War" in "X-Force" #13 features less of the prelude and more of the war this team has already been involved with.

Guardians of the Galaxy #11

Mon, March 16th, 2009 | Category: Review

A trip into one of the realms beyond reality finds Drax and Quasar fighting a fight against a most unexpected foe.

The Amazing Spider-Girl #30

Mon, March 16th, 2009 | Category: Review

"Amazing Spider-Girl" comes to an end once more, with DeFalco, Frenz and Buscema gathered for the party.

Hexed #3

Mon, March 16th, 2009 | Category: Review

This is not the issue to jump in with, but if you're silly enough to do so, you'll find a voyeuristic demon, a crash-course in driving, and one confident mystical cat-burglar.

Titans #11

Sun, March 15th, 2009 | Category: Review

A "day in the life" issue fills the gap from last issue's throwdown with the JLA and the big "Titan"-ic crossover looming next month.

Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson: Homecoming #2

Fri, March 13th, 2009 | Category: Review

Mercy Thompson's four-color floppy adventures continue in this issue. I'm not sure of the intended schedule, but this issue was well worth the four-month wait.

Young Avengers: Sidekicks

Fri, March 13th, 2009 | Category: Review

Sure, "Young Avengers" isn't a new title. You're right, the trade has been out a while, but it's being reviewed here and now. If you've wondered what all the hubbub is about, check this review out.

Super Human Resources #1

Thu, March 12th, 2009 | Category: Review

"Super Human Resources" follows the adventures of a completely ordinary, absolutely mundane temp who finds himself assigned to work at "Super Crises International" alongside analogs of virtually every comic character.

Marvel Apes: Speedball #1

Wed, March 11th, 2009 | Category: Review

No, seriously. It's Speedball. And he's a monkey. Maybe that's why Joe Quesada's least favorite character got his own one shot?

Batman: Battle for the Cowl #1

Wed, March 11th, 2009 | Category: Review

Gotham has missed her Dark Knight detective and protector, but this issue starts the story to put his replacement into position for the foreseeable future. Who will assume the Mantle of the Bat? The quest begins here.

Solomon Grundy #1

Sun, March 8th, 2009 | Category: Review

"Solomon Grundy" is born on Monday, but his comic was released this Wednesday and reviewed on Sunday.

Black Panther #2

Sun, March 8th, 2009 | Category: Review

Since Dr. Doom is on the cover, I think I can safely reveal that Doom attacked the Black Panther in the last issue. This leads to a new, female Black Panther, who still doesn't appear in this book.

Johnny Monster #1

Sat, March 7th, 2009 | Category: Review

"Johnny Monster" makes his debut with a self-titled three-issue mini. A monster hunter and teen heartthrob (their words, not mine), Johnny is saving us from those nasty monsters. Or is he?

Daredevil #116

Thu, March 5th, 2009 | Category: Review

"Return of the King" begins here with an update on what Wilson Fisk has been up to these past few months.

Superman: World of New Krypton #1

Wed, March 4th, 2009 | Category: Review

Spinning out of events of the last half-year's worth of stories featuring the return of Kandor, this series puts Superman on Krypton with "his" people. Whether or not he's truly welcome there is where the story comes in.

Amber Atoms #1

Mon, March 2nd, 2009 | Category: Review

Image drops another new series on us, with the sci-fi infused, self-proclaimed space opera "Amber Atoms." When you tag something "space opera," the bar is set pretty high.