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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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."

REVIEW: Waid & Samnee's "Daredevil" #3

Fri, May 23rd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Mark Waid & Chris Samnee's "Daredevil" #3 is a solid and excellent jumping-on point for new readers, despite being three issues deep.

ADVANCE REVIEW: Manning & Wieszczyk's "Interesting Drug"

Wed, May 21st, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Shaun Manning & Anna Wieszczyk's "Interesting Drug" "defies time constraints and offers readers an imaginative escape."

REVIEW: Asmus & Kano's "Quantum and Woody" #10

Thu, May 15th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

James Asmus and Kano continue the story of the Worst Superhero Team in "Quantum and Woody" #10, filled with "action, adventure, intrigue and humor."

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.

C.O.W.L. #3

Thu, July 31st, 2014 | Category: Review

"C.O.W.L." #3 brings the spotlight to Radia in a relatively low-key issue that adds mortar to the foundation of this world being built by writers Kyle Higgins and Alec Siegel with art from Rod Reis and letters from Troy Peteri.

Chew: Warrior Chicken Poyo #1

Wed, July 30th, 2014 | Category: Review

John Layman and Rob Guillory sum up "Chew: Warrior Chicken Poyo" #1 quite elegantly with one line of dialog: "This is no ordinary secret agent chicken."

Owlgirls #1

Wed, July 30th, 2014 | Category: Review

A Kickstarter success story, “Owlgirls” #1, from Red Anvil Press trips back to the 1940s to check in on a trio of owl-faced sisters in this story by Robert J. Sodaro, Rachele Aragno and Dave Ryan.

Armor Hunters: Bloodshot #1

Mon, July 28th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Armor Hunters: Bloodshot" #1, written by Joe Harris with art from Trevor Hairsine is both a compliant crossover tie-in and a dynamic introduction to Bloodshot and the world currently under siege from the Armor Hunters.

Aquaman #33

Mon, July 28th, 2014 | Category: Review

Chimera continues to cause havoc as he searches for the "little king of Atlantis" in "Aquaman" #33, written by Jeff Parker and drawn by Paul Pelletier.

Batman and Robin #33

Mon, July 28th, 2014 | Category: Review

The Justice League make an appearance in "Batman and Robin" #33, sharing their thoughts with Batman in this story written by Peter J. Tomasi and drawn by Patrick Gleason.

Star-Spangled War Stories #1

Mon, July 28th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Star-Spangled War Stories" #1 introduces G. I. Zombie in a story written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray with art from Scott Hampton.

Savage Hulk #2

Thu, July 17th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Savage Hulk" #2 continues the team-up with the X-Men from times past, courtesy of Alan Davis on words and pictures.

Nova #19

Thu, July 17th, 2014 | Category: Review

Gerry Duggan and David Baldeon bring in Rocket Raccoon to help Sam Alexander search for some answers about his dad in the pages of "Nova" #19.

Teen Titans #1

Wed, July 16th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Teen Titans" #1 hits the racks again, with a slightly different roster and new creators Will Pfeifer and Kenneth Rocafort.

The Devilers #1

Wed, July 16th, 2014 | Category: Review

All hell breaks loose in the middle of the Vatican, thanks to writer Joshua Hale Fialkov and artist Matt Triano in their comic book, "The Devilers" #1.

The Shadow #0

Wed, July 16th, 2014 | Category: Review

Cullen Bunn and Colton Worley take a look back at Lamont Cranston's training alongside Harry Houdini in "The Shadow" #0.

The Squidder #1

Wed, July 16th, 2014 | Category: Review

Ben Templesmith wastes no time setting up a dismal world populated with violent people hoping to find a reason to live despite being conquered in the pages of "The Squidder" #1.

Armor Hunters #2

Fri, July 11th, 2014 | Category: Review

Behind a chromium cover, "Armor Hunters" #2 delivers a lot of devastation as writer Robert Venditti and artist Doug Braithwaite prepare to deliver even more.

Superior Foes of Spider-Man #13

Fri, July 11th, 2014 | Category: Review

Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber continue their romp through Spider-Man's rogues' gallery in "The Superior Foes of Spider-Man" #13 as Boomerang tries to pull his erstwhile team back together.

Daredevil #5

Fri, July 11th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Daredevil" #5 shows readers what the completely synchronous creative team of Mark Waid, Chris Samnee, Javier Rodriguez and Joe Caramagna can deliver, thanks to the appearance of Leapfrog and the death of Foggy Nelson.

Captain Marvel #5

Thu, July 10th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Captain Marvel" #5provides a revelation for the interest in Torfa and gives Carol Danvers renewed interest in fighting the bullies in this Kelly Sue DeConnick-written, David Lopez-drawn issue.

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