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 #39

Sun, August 3rd, 2008 | Category: Review

"Black Panther" meets "Secret Invasion" as a war breaks out. The ubiquitous Jason Aaron scripts this tie-in issue.

Manhunter #32

Sun, August 3rd, 2008 | Category: Review

Loads of cameos and easter eggs fill out an issue that's new reader friendly and DC Universe situated.

Super Friends #5

Thu, July 31st, 2008 | Category: Review

Unmistakably aimed at a younger audience in support of a toy line, but delivering a fun story that might just sneak in an educational factoid or to.

Blue Beetle #29

Thu, July 31st, 2008 | Category: Review

A new writer helms the adventures of the new Blue Beetle. It's a good start with one misstep, but a lot of hope for the future.

Joker's Asylum: Scarecrow #1

Mon, July 28th, 2008 | Category: Review

The new "Jokery's Asylum" issue gets off to a slow start, but a nice twist and pleasant art makes for an enjoyable read.

Ambush Bug: Year None #1

Wed, July 23rd, 2008 | Category: Review

Ambush Bug returns in all his glory, and Keith Giffen's got a whole new status quo in the DC Universe to play with.

Manhunter #31

Sun, July 20th, 2008 | Category: Review

The return of the "Manhunter" comic starts off with a quick -- but dense -- recap, before launching into an entertaining new storyline.

Joker's Asylum: Penguin #1

Sun, July 20th, 2008 | Category: Review

Jasons Aaron and Pearson combine to define The Penguin in a meaningful way.

Final Crisis: Requiem #1

Fri, July 11th, 2008 | Category: Review

"Requiem" is an apt farewell for the Martian Manhunter, with a poignant and memorable script by Peter J. Tomasi.

Firebreather #1

Wed, July 9th, 2008 | Category: Review

"Firebreather" returns as a regular series with series creators Phil Hester and Andy Kuhn behind the wheel. This first entry is extremely new reader friendly, as well as being a rollicking good time.

Guardians of the Galaxy #2

Sat, July 5th, 2008 | Category: Review

The series rewards old school fans while creating something new for itself in modern Marvel mythology.

Superman #677

Sat, July 5th, 2008 | Category: Review

James Robinson joins the Superman family with a strong jumping-on point for new readers, starting with Krypto and Atlas.

The Brave and the Bold #14

Thu, June 19th, 2008 | Category: Review

"Brave and the Bold" teams up Deadman with Green Arrow -- another odd combination of characters that leads to great results. Mark Waid and Scott Kolins give you lots of superhero bang for your buck.

Action Comics #866

Tue, June 17th, 2008 | Category: Review

A new "Action Comics" storyline makes a great starting point for a great title.

Pilot Season: Genius #1

Mon, June 16th, 2008 | Category: Review

Top Cow's latest Pilot Season entry is uneven, incomplete, and not interesting enough to warrant a vote for an on-going series.

Green Lantern Corps #25

Fri, June 13th, 2008 | Category: Review

It's the middle of a major storyline, but an enjoyable one. Everyone gets a little screen time. The story is quickly understood. And the art is a fine new pairing.

Hulk: Raging Thunder #1

Tue, June 10th, 2008 | Category: Review

A great value for the money, this comic gives you a classic "Hulk" tale next to a new tale from Jeff Parker and Mitch Breitweiser.

Rann-Thanagar: Holy War #2

Thu, June 5th, 2008 | Category: Review

The mini-series has potential, but is off to an incredibly slow start that isn't showing off its potential.

Blue Beetle #27

Sun, June 1st, 2008 | Category: Review

A fill-in issue for the series is a bit of a let down, but still better than most other comics on the rack.

Daredevil #107

Fri, May 30th, 2008 | Category: Review

Can a relatively new "Daredevil" reader easily hop into a new story arc with Greg Rucka coming on as co-writer? You bet.