By Ryan Penagos
Following up on yesterday's story reporting that Captain America's shield was missing
, we've learned that Cap's shield has resurfaced and is now in the hands of Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report."
As you'll see in the video below, Colbert claims to have received a letter from Marvel EIC Joe Quesada, presenting the shield to the late night talk show host. Quesada's letter states that Steve Rogers bequethed the shield to Colbert in his Will, which was read last Friday.
After reading the letter, Colbert's staff brought out the shield and the bespectacled host hefted the legendary weapon, stating, "Cap? I hope I make you proud."
S.H.I.E.L.D. is currently investigating the Will, as well as the validity of the letter. Quesada, admitted "friend of the show" says Colbert's on the up and up and gave us the full story.
"I must confess that I am the culprit," states Quesada. After reading Cap's Last Will and Testament, I quickly snuck out of the Marvel's offices with the shield. As so many of you know, Steve Rogers was a humble man and wanted his last remaining wishes to be carried out as privately as possible.
"After a small "transfer of power" ceremony occurring on the Avenger's Quinjet, followed by several intense hours of introspection and deliberation with Mr. Colbert, we both felt it would be best to make a public statement of his inheriting the shield. Not as way of raising Mr. Colbert's status even further (How is that even possible?), nor as a cheap ratings stunt, but rather to let evildoers across the globe know that even with Cap's demise, there is no still place for them to hide. A clear message had to be sent that the mantle had been passed and that the Marvel Universe has gained a new (Colbert) Nation and remains secure."
Colbert could not be reached for comment. We'll have more on this story as it develops.
Quesada photo © 2007, Shirley Miranda-Rodriguez, Somos Arte