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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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.

Justice League of America, Volume 3: The Injustice League

Mon, September 29th, 2008 | Category: Review

Dwayne McDuffie brings his love of the League to the printed page after serving as a scribe for the "Justice League" cartoon series' from Cartoon Network, with inconsistent results.

Flash Gordon #1

Thu, September 25th, 2008 | Category: Review

…and Flash Gordon gets reimagined again.

War Machine: Weapon of S.H.I.E.L.D. #33

Sun, September 21st, 2008 | Category: Review

The title formerly known as "Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D." gets a makeover that provides a new leading hero, and jumps right into the world surrounding "Secret Invasion."

Captain Britain and MI: 13 #5

Wed, September 17th, 2008 | Category: Review

A fill-in penciler can't fill Leonard Kirk's shoes, but Paul Cornell's story rolls right along, starting the series off on a new direction.

What If... This Was the Fantastic Four? #1

Mon, September 15th, 2008 | Category: Review

Mike Wieringo died over a year ago, but Marvel and the Hero Initiative are making sure he isn't forgotten.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars #1

Sun, September 14th, 2008 | Category: Review

"Star Wars: the Clone Wars" fills the downtime between feature release and television series while providing a new tale of familiar faces.

Guerillas #1

Sun, September 14th, 2008 | Category: Review

"Guerillas" is a blood and guts war story, told first person and crafted in black and white. The Vietnam War has provided many a backdrop for stories, but this one brings a unique twist.

Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #43

Thu, September 11th, 2008 | Category: Review

"Marvel Adventures Spider-Man" offers up a fun, burden-free story of everyone's favorite webhead. It's a fun read and on occasion offers up some interesting moments, such as the resolution to this issue.

Marvel Apes #1

Thu, September 11th, 2008 | Category: Review

"Marvel Apes" is a bit of a reach conceptually, and is certainly not a book for every fan. It does, however, bring an unexpected charm while providing an escape from the summertime events of the main Marvel Universe.

Sub-Mariner: The Depths #1

Thu, September 11th, 2008 | Category: Review

"Sub-Mariner: The Depths" takes a surface-dweller into the depths hunting for clues of the existence of fabled Atlantis. Unfortunately, the reader doesn't see much more of a clue to its existence than the characters in the book.