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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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.

Jingle Belle: Santa Claus Vs. Frankenstein

Wed, December 3rd, 2008 | Category: Review

"Jingle Belle: Santa Claus Vs. Frankenstein" addresses the increasing drive of society to go politically correct at the expense of tradition and custom. At least so it would seem.

Madame Xanadu #6

Mon, December 1st, 2008 | Category: Review

Borrowing the soothsayer of the DC Universe and elevating her to star status, Matt Wagner gives "Madame Xanadu" a chance to grow, shine and entertain. Teamed with the fresh abilities of Amy Reeder Hadley, this title is quite unlike anything else

Guardians of the Galaxy #7

Sat, November 29th, 2008 | Category: Review

After the Guardians learned of Star-Lord's heavy-handed influence in their banding together, they all went their separate ways, leaving Rocket Raccoon to pick up the pieces.

Superman #682

Wed, November 26th, 2008 | Category: Review

The Kryptonians decide that the only way things are going to get any better on Earth is if they take matters into their own hands. Turns out, things don't always go according to plan, even for Kryptonians.

Super Friends #9

Mon, November 24th, 2008 | Category: Review

Lex Luthor hatches a zany scheme to snatch away Superman's birthdays, but we learn the true meaning in time for a save of the day.

Dynamo 5 #18

Mon, November 24th, 2008 | Category: Review

"Dynamo 5" continues on, with the team now comprised not of Captain Dynamo's illegtimate children, but rather a Dynamo 5 of Substitute Heroes. The results don't quite measure up to expectations.

Mouse Guard: Winter 1152 #4

Mon, November 24th, 2008 | Category: Review

Treachery hits Lockhaven in this latest installation of "Mouse Guard: Winter 1152" as threads are continued from previous issues of this series as well as from the series prior.

Terra #2

Sun, November 23rd, 2008 | Category: Review

"Terra" continues to offer up a mysterious connection to the young ladies who possessed the name previously while setting the DCU up with new locales and adventures.

Uncanny X-Men #504

Wed, November 19th, 2008 | Category: Review

"Lovelorn" finds Colossus looking to remember days gone by, the X-Men need him to get over it, and Scott Summers and Emma Frost have a conversation without even talking.

Amazing Spider-Man #578

Wed, November 19th, 2008 | Category: Review

Chowing on some Chinese food in a deluge, Spider-Man cracks a fortune cookie to the message of "Today will be your lucky day." We all know what the ol' Parker luck is like. . .