As you probably know by now, the capper to the entire Cap Flap is that Joe Quesada has delivered Cap’s hallowed shield to the one person fit to carry it: Stephen Colbert. You can see the clip on Comedy Central’s website or rather less annoyingly here.
Newsarama has a nice write up of the story, including the shield’s real world origins:
Marvel fans may recognize the shield – it was a constant prop in the editorial offices (probably best known recently for appearing in a picture with Bill Rosemann a few years back when Marvel moved their offices), dating back to the days of long-time Captain America write and editor Mark Gruenwald. Most recently, the shield had been in Editor Tom Brevoort’s office.
According to Brevoort, the shield was acquired by Gruenwald, who either commissioned it or received it as a gift from a fan costumer in the early 1980s.
“It was one of two shields that Mark had, the other being the ‘cursed’ shield�-�so named because, after Mark�-?s passing, anybody who possessed it would get fired shortly thereafter,” Brevoort told Newsarama. “That ‘cursed’ shield is long gone at this point.”
The shield was clearly visible on Colbert’s wall of trophies on last night’s show, and will probably be there for some time. PS: Stephen Colbert is a big nerd!
Speaking of Cap, Marvel released this image later yesterday strongly hinting that the Punisher might become Captain America! Oh thank god, I thought they were going to do something with political allusions.