Doug Zawisza

Reviewer
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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5-STAR REVIEW: Morrison, Reis & Prado's "The Multiversity" #1

Thu, August 21st, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Grant Morrison, Ivan Reis & Joe Prado deliver a debut "worthy of study and reflection, re-reading and replication" with "The Multiversity" #1.

5-STAR REVIEW: Van Lente & Fowler's "Howtoons [Re]Ignitiion" #1

Fri, August 8th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Fred Van Lente and Tom Fowler's "Howtoons [Re]Ignition" #1 revives the series in an "informative, entertaining and masterful" way.

REVIEW: Doc Ock Returns in Slott, Gage & Camuncoli's "Superior Spider-Man" #32

Thu, August 7th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Dan Slott, Christos Gage & Giuseppe Camuncoli bring back Doc Ock for "Superior Spider-Man" #32, an issue "backed by action and excitement."

REVIEW: Layman & Guillory's "Chew: Warrior Chicken Poyo" #1

Fri, August 1st, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

John Layman & Rob Guillory's "Chew: Warrior Chicken Poyo" one-shot is a "bold, ridiculous and refreshing" issue in the "Chew"-niverse.

REVIEW: Alan Davis' "Savage Hulk" #2

Fri, July 18th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Alan Davis' "Savage Hulk" #2 "celebrates aspects that made Silver Age comics and Marvel's earlier days fun."

REVIEW: Templesmith's "The Squidder" #1

Thu, July 17th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Ben Templesmith builds a new world in "The Squidder" #1, "a gripping story equal parts supernatural thriller, horror movie and action adventure."

5-STAR REVIEW: Waid & Samnee's "Daredevil" #5

Mon, July 14th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Mark Waid and Chris Samnee share storyteller co-credits in "Daredevil" #5, featuring the entire creative team "at the peak of their craft."

REVIEW: Remender & Pacheco's "Captain America" #22

Mon, July 7th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Rick Remender & Carlos Pacheco's "Captain America" #22 is "another winner filled with action and suspense" as the Marvel U heads into "AXIS."

ADVANCE REVIEW: Humphries & Medina's "Legendary Star-Lord" #1

Tue, July 1st, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Sam Humphries & Paco Medina's "Legendary Star-Lord" #1 is "a solid first offering" that gives Peter Quill some time to shine.

REVIEW: Barbiere, Rudy's "New Avengers Annual" is Magical

Fri, June 27th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Frank Barbiere and Marco Rudy's Doctor Strange-centric "New Avengers Annual" #1 is "one heck of an issue."

REVIEW: Nitz & Smallwood's "Dream Thief: Escape" #1

Thu, June 26th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Jai Nitz and Greg Smallwood reunite for "Dream Thief: Escape" #1, a "wonderful contribution to the comic book landscape."

REVIEW: Duggan & Baldeon Take "Nova" #18 Through "Original Sin"

Fri, June 20th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Gerry Duggan & David Baldeon's "Nova" #18 is "yet another solid issue" that takes Sam Alexander through "Original Sin."

REVIEW: Remender & Klein Drive "The Iron Nail" Home in "Captain America" #21

Fri, June 6th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

In all war stories, a terrible price must be paid, and the same holds true in "Captain America" #21, by Rick Remender and Nic Klein.

REVIEW: "The New 52: Futures End" Continues to Intrigue

Thu, June 5th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Five issues in, "The New 52: Futures End" continues to present more questions than it answers, which is enough to keep readers dialed in to see what's next.

REVIEW: Art & Franco Are Back with "Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse" #1

Thu, June 5th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Art and Franco head back to their Eisner Award winning roots with "Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse," a 'perfect gateway comic for the young.'

REVIEW: Surprises Abound in "Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man" #2

Thu, June 5th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Brian Bendis and Dave Marquez bring back more characters with surprising agendas in "Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man" #2.

REVIEW: Parker, Pelletier & More Bring Swamp Thing to "Aquaman" #31

Fri, May 30th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Swamp Thing guest-stars in a compelling issue of "Aquaman" #31 by Jeff Parker, Paul Pelletier, Sean Parsons and more.

REVIEW: Robinson, Kirk & More Craft "Fantastic Four" #5

Thu, May 29th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

James Robinson, Leonard Kirk and more deliver "Fantastic Four" #5 as an issue that "hits readers in the gut" for a memorable story.

REVIEW: Snyder & Capullo Begin Final "Zero Year" Chapter in "Batman" #31

Thu, May 29th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo open up the final arc of "Zero Year" in "Batman" #31, which continues the high quality of the long-running story.

REVIEW: Valiant's Anniversary Spectacular "X-O Manowar" #25

Mon, May 26th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Robert Venditti, J.G. Jones, Bryan Hitch and more craft "X-O Manowar" #25, an anniversary issue that "sets the bar high for the rest of the line."

Justice, Inc #1

Thu, August 21st, 2014 | Category: Review

"Justice, Inc." #1, written by Michael Uslan and drawn by Giovanni Timpano, brings a troubled time travel adventure with Doc Savage, the Shadow and the Avenger.

The Delinquents #1

Thu, August 21st, 2014 | Category: Review

A map drawn on the skinned hindquarters of a hobo set Quantum and Woody on a collision course with Archer and Armstrong in the pages of "The Delinquents" #1, written by James Asmus and Fred Van Lente with art from Kano.

The Multiversity #1

Thu, August 21st, 2014 | Category: Review

"The Multiversity" #1 explodes with characters and concepts from the mind of Grant Morrison and is drawn into the pages by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado.

Spider-Man 2099 #2

Mon, August 18th, 2014 | Category: Review

Peter David and Will Sliney slow things down a bit and check in on Miguel's personal life in "Spider-Man 2099" #2.

Inhuman #3

Fri, August 15th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Inhuman" #3 rounds out the opening story arc from Charles Soule and artist Joe Madureira as Medusa leads her followers to attack Lash and the residents of Orollan.

Hulk #5

Fri, August 15th, 2014 | Category: Review

Gerry Duggan joins Mark Bagley and the rest of the creative team in "Hulk" #5 and introduces readers to Doctor Green.

Godzilla: Cataclysm #1

Thu, August 14th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Godzilla: Cataclysm" #1, written by Cullen Bunn with art by Dave Wachter, delivers the story of people trying to pick up the pieces of life -- and society -- in the wake of monster-spawned calamity.

Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #1

Wed, August 13th, 2014 | Category: Review

DC brings readers another worthwhile digital-first comics starring one of their trinity with "Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman" #1, written by Gail Simone and drawn by Ethan Van Sciver.

Star Wars #20

Wed, August 13th, 2014 | Category: Review

Brian Wood and Carlos D'Anda draw a close to their exploration from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away throughout the pages of "Star Wars" #20.

Midnight Tiger #1

Wed, August 13th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Midnight Tiger" #1 introduces a new comic book character from the collaborative efforts of DeWayne Feenstra and Ray-Anthony Height.

New Avengers #22

Mon, August 11th, 2014 | Category: Review

On another world, someone may be shouting, "You maniacs! You blew it up!" regarding the outcome of "New Avengers" #22, written by Jonathan Hickman with art from Kev Walker.

Grayson #2

Fri, August 8th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Grayson" #2 deals with the growing mystery of Spyral and a high-speed cannibal in the second issue of the series written by Tom King and Tim Seeley with are from Mikel Janin.

Action Comics #34

Fri, August 8th, 2014 | Category: Review

Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder pit Superman against the Ghost Solider once more in “Action Comics” #29.

Rocket Raccoon #2

Thu, August 7th, 2014 | Category: Review

Skottie Young sends Rocket to prison in "Rocket Raccoon" #2, and Rocket breaks out in spectacular fashion.

Superior Spider-Man #32

Thu, August 7th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Superior Spider-Man" #32 gives Dan Slott, Christos Gage, Giuseppe Camuncoli and Adam Kubert a chance to check in with Otto Octavius before the events of "Spider-Verse" unfurl.

Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers #1

Wed, August 6th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers" #1 feels like a modern-day rediscovery of a classic Kirby concept, which is exactly what it is, courtesy of writer Joe Casey and artists Nathan Fox, Jim Rugg and Ulises Farinas.

Howtoons [Re]Ignition #1

Wed, August 6th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Howtoons [Re]Ignition" #1 by writer Fred Van Lente and artist Tom Fowler delivers a cool story, science lessons and how-to instructions for some simple, but fun activities.

Guardians of the Galaxy #17

Fri, August 1st, 2014 | Category: Review

Cyclops #3

Thu, July 31st, 2014 | Category: Review

In "Cyclops" #3 Russell Dauterman and Greg Rucka strand Cyclops and his father, Corsair, on "Gilligan's Planet," forcing them to discuss their relationship.

100th Anniversary Special: Guardians of the Galaxy #1

Thu, July 31st, 2014 | Category: Review

"100th Anniversary Special: Guardians of the Galaxy" #1 presents a fun romp across the galaxy from writers Andy Lanning and Ron Marz with art from Gustavo Duarte.

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