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: Acker, Blacker & J. Bone's "Sparks Nevada" #0

Mon, October 20th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Ben Acker, Ben Blacker & J. Bone's "Sparks Nevada" #0 presents "a complete story cleverly framed around an origin of two unlikely allies."

REVIEW: Robinson & Kirk's "Fantastic Four" #11

Mon, October 20th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

James Robinson and Leonard Kirk's "Fantastic Four" #11 "pays dividends on seeds planted early on" from the very beginning of the series.

REVIEW: Soule & McNiven's "Death of Wolverine" #4

Thu, October 16th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Charles Soule & Steve McNiven's "Death of Wolverine" #4 gives the Marvel mainstay "a chance to go out like a legend" in its conclusion.

5-STAR REVIEW: Acker, Blacker & Hester's "Beyond Belief" #0

Wed, October 15th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Ben Acker, Ben Blacker & Phil Hester expand "Thrilling Adventure Hour" comics with "Beyond Belief" #0, an "all-new and amazing" issue.

REVIEW: Snyder & Capullo Kick Off "Endgame" in "Batman" #35

Mon, October 13th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo pit Batman against the Justice League in "Batman" #35, "a dynamic explosion" of an issue.

ADVANCE REVIEW: Williamson & Bressan's "Birthright" #1

Tue, October 7th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Joshua Williamson & Andrei Bressan's "Birthright" #1 is a strong debut of "a rich, new, thrilling adventure with a couple surprises along the way."

REVIEW: Kreisberg, Sokolowski & Sampere's "Green Arrow" #35

Mon, October 6th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

The creative team debut of Andrew Kreisberg, Ben Sokolowski & Daniel Sampere in "Green Arrow" #35 brings more elements of "Arrow" to comics.

REVIEW: "Green Lantern/New Gods: Godhead" #1

Fri, October 3rd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

DC Comics' "Green Lantern/New Gods: Godhead" #1 features a massive creative team, introducing the New Gods to the New 52.

REVIEW: Langridge's "Jim Henson's The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow"

Thu, October 2nd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Roger Langridge takes on "Jim Henson's The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow," "a fine addition to any library" & "a welcome adventure into imagination."

REVIEW: Venditti & Braithwaite's "Armor Hunters" #4

Thu, September 25th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Robert Venditti & Doug Braithwaite's "Armor Hunters" #4 completes an event "as clean and complete a universe-wide crossover as you'll ever see."

REVIEW: Slott & Perez's "Amazing Spider-Man" #1.5

Thu, September 25th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

"Amazing Spider-Man" #1.5 concludes Dan Slott & Ramon Perez's "Learning to Crawl" story in spectacular fashion.

REVIEW: Aaron, Guera, Bisley & Ribic's "Thor: God of Thunder" #25

Mon, September 22nd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

"Thor: God of Thunder" #25 by Jason Aaron, R.M. Guera, Simon Bisley & Esad Ribic is a fitting final issue for a spectacular series.

REVIEW: Hickman Takes "Avengers" #35 Eight Months Later

Thu, September 18th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Jonathan Hickman and a cavalcade of artists take readers and characters on a long journey into the unknown in "Avengers" #35.

REVIEW: Scott Snyder & Jim Lee's "Superman Unchained" #8

Thu, September 11th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

"Superman Unchained" #8 is "a bombastic Superman story and a rollicking fun adventure" serving as the penultimate issue by Scott Snyder & Jim Lee.

5-STAR REVIEW: Soule & Saiz's "Swamp Thing: Futures End" #1

Fri, September 5th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Charles Soule and Jesus Saiz's "Swamp Thing: Futures End" #1 is "a pure winner," and stands alone as one of the best event tie-ins yet.

REVIEW: Wood & Smallwood's "Moon Knight" #7

Fri, September 5th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Brian Wood and Greg Smallwood pick up as the new creative team in "Moon Knight" #7, delivering "an enjoyable, nearly definitive introduction to Moon Knight."

REVIEW: Milligan & Fernandez's "The Names" #1

Thu, September 4th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Peter Milligan and Leandro Fernandez's "The Names" #1 "defies comparison," detailing the opening chapter to an intense mystery of finance and revenge.

5-STAR REVIEW: Palmiotti, Gray & Cooke Conclude "All-Star Western"

Fri, August 29th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray & Darwyn Cooke deliver an incredible series conclusion with "All-Star Western" #34, sending Jonah Hex into the sunset.

5-STAR REVIEW: Asmus, Van Lente & Kano's "The Delinquents" #1

Fri, August 22nd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

James Asmus, Fred Van Lente & Kano's "The Delinquents" #1 impresses with an issue that perfectly "blends humor and action, adventure and fun."

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.

Infinity Man and the Forever People #4

Fri, October 24th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Infinity Man and the Forever People" #4 spans the "Futures End" crossover and inches toward the "Green Lantern"-centric "Godhead" story in this issue from Dan Didio and Keith Giffen.

Aquaman #35

Fri, October 24th, 2014 | Category: Review

Jeff Parker, Paul Pelletier, Sean Parsons, Rain Beredo and Taylor Esposito all bring their very best to launch the "Maelstrom" story in "Aquaman" #35.

Cyclops #6

Fri, October 24th, 2014 | Category: Review

John Layman and Javier Garrón climb aboard the Starjammer to join in the spacefaring adventures as the new half of the creative team in "Cyclops" #6.

Catwoman #35

Thu, October 23rd, 2014 | Category: Review

"Catwoman" #35 puts Selina Kyle on a strange new path in this comic book from writer Genevieve Valentine and artist Garry Brown.

AXIS: Hobgoblin #1

Wed, October 22nd, 2014 | Category: Review

Kevin Shinick and Javier Rodriguez show readers what it takes to become heroic following Roderick Kingsley's plan in "AXIS: Hobgoblin" #1.

Deathstroke #1

Wed, October 22nd, 2014 | Category: Review

Tony S. Daniel pulls double-duty, writing and drawing Slade Wilson and company in "Deathstroke" #1.

Goners #1

Wed, October 22nd, 2014 | Category: Review

Image fires up the fun new series machine again and gives readers a chance to get creepy in "Goners" #1 from writer Jacob Semahn and artist Jorge Corona.

Sparks Nevada #0

Mon, October 20th, 2014 | Category: Review

Sparks Nevada dons the robot fists in the name of justice in "Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars" #0, written by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker, drawn by J. Bone, colored by Jordie Bellaire and lettered by Marshall Dillon.

Avengers World #14

Mon, October 20th, 2014 | Category: Review

Writer Nick Spencer and artist Marco Checchetto bring closure to the rangy tale that has sent Avengers around the globe and introduced new allies in "Avengers World" #14.

Batwoman #35

Mon, October 20th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Batwoman" #35 is filled with a bunch of oddball ideas all blended together by writer Marc Andreyko and artist Georges Jeanty.

Justice League #35

Fri, October 17th, 2014 | Category: Review

Lex Luthor holds a press conference because he has joined the Justice League and the League decides to case the event, as written by Geoff Johns and drawn by Ivan Reis and Doug Mahnke in "Justice League" #35.

Fantastic Four #11

Fri, October 17th, 2014 | Category: Review

Written by James Robinson and drawn by Leonard Kirk, the Thing gets jumped in the shower and one of the supporting cast takes an arrow in "Fantastic Four" #11.

New Avengers #25

Fri, October 17th, 2014 | Category: Review

"New Avengers" #25 continues to peer into the future as Jonathan Hickman and Kev Walker check in with the Illuminati seven months into the future.

Death of Wolverine #4

Thu, October 16th, 2014 | Category: Review

Charles Soule and Steve McNiven kill everyone's favorite Canadian X-Man and Avenger in "Death of Wolverine" #4.

Thrilling Adventure Hour: Beyond Belief #0

Wed, October 15th, 2014 | Category: Review

With a wink and a clink, Frank Doyle and Sadie Parker come to comic book shelves in "Beyond Belief" #0, written by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker with art by Phil Hester.

Captain Marvel #8

Mon, October 13th, 2014 | Category: Review

It turns out that Rocket Raccoon was right, as the Flerken attacks in "Captain Marvel" #8, written by Kelly Sue DeConnick and drawn by Marcio Takara.

New 52: Futures End #23

Mon, October 13th, 2014 | Category: Review

"The New 52: Futures End" #23 includes a peek into the future thirty-five years from now as writers Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens and Keith Giffen and artists Aaron Lopresti and Art Thibert advance Brainiac and Brother Eye.

Earth 2: World's End #1

Mon, October 13th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Earth 2: World's End" #1 boasts a cover with fourteen creator names on it, but the story inside really should have had fewer, but with more dedication and creativity.

Green Lantern Corps #35

Mon, October 13th, 2014 | Category: Review

Uggha attacks in "Green Lantern Corps" #35, written by Van Jensen and drawn by Bernard Chang.

Batman #35

Mon, October 13th, 2014 | Category: Review

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo launch "Endgame," their next mega-arc, in "Batman" #35, and they've invited the Justice League to celebrate Batman's seventy-fifth anniversary.

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