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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Black Panther #3

Tue, March 31st, 2009 | Category: Review

T'Challa takes a stroll on the spiritual side of things while his sister, Shuri, continues her quest to become Wakanda's next champion.

Mighty Avengers #23

Mon, March 30th, 2009 | Category: Review

Hulk, Iron Man, Hercules, Wasp, Jocasta, Vision, U. S. Agent, Stature, Amadeus Cho and Edwin Jarvis are the Mighty Avengers and this is the story of their battle against Chthon.

Irredeemable #1

Mon, March 30th, 2009 | Category: Review

BOOM! Studios has given Mark Waid room to try out some ideas. "Irredeemable" is one of those ideas, and offers a different take on the superhero concept -- especially the part about power and responsibility.

Cars: The Rookie #1

Sun, March 29th, 2009 | Category: Review

BOOM! Studios next Pixar/Disney title zooms into comic shops this week and CBR has an advanced review.

Superman #686

Sun, March 29th, 2009 | Category: Review

The Superman-less adventures of the "Superman" comic start here. With Kal-El bound for New Krypton, his title presses on with Mon-El and the Guardian sharing the burden of entertaining the readers.

Daredevil #117

Fri, March 27th, 2009 | Category: Review

"Return of the King" continues as Wilson Fisk has an offer for Daredevil, just as Daredevil's world fills with turmoil once more.

Justice League of America #31

Thu, March 26th, 2009 | Category: Review

Once again, "Justice League of America" gets sidetracked, this time to catch up with how the events of the DCU affect the League. Hint: it's not a big happy issue.

Wonder Woman #30

Thu, March 26th, 2009 | Category: Review

"Rise of the Olympian" continues here with characters rising, falling, being thrown about, and maybe even dropped on their heads.

Proof #18

Wed, March 25th, 2009 | Category: Review

"Proof" follows the adventures of Bigfoot in 1850s London as he trails Spring-Heeled Jack. Believe me, it's even more interesting than that.

Avengers: The Initiative Featuring Reptil #1

Tue, March 24th, 2009 | Category: Review

Christos N. Gage chooses to introduce a character by forcing him to stand on his own two feet. There's no marquee superhero here to share the spotlight – just Reptil.

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.