Stephen Colbert says farewell, with Captain America's shield in hand

Although it's the all-star sing-a-long from last night's final episode of The Colbert Report that's getting the attention this morning -- it involved everyone from Henry Kissinger and Cyndi Lauper to Big Bird and Joe Quesada -- it's what came afterward that holds a special place in our hearts.

Having killed his old nemesis Grimmy the Grim Reaper, Stephen Colbert discovers he's now immortal (cue Highlander effects), a condition he finds "kinda lonely, a little snacky." Directionless, he takes to the rooftop, shouting "What do I do know?" while holding two prized possessions that didn't get put in his yard sale: a Sting sword from The Lord of the Rings, and Captain America's shield.

Presented in 2007 by then-Marvel Editor-in-Chief Quesada following the death of Steve Rogers, the shield has been displayed on the set of The Colbert Report ever since. A comics fan and booster who was depicted as a presidential candidate in the Marvel Universe, Colbert revealed earlier this year that the presentation of Cap's shield was "one of my proudest moments."

"My wife, who knows nothing from Marvel — she grew up playing with, you know, paper dolls, that sort of thing — she read the letter and wept with pride for me," he recalled in September to Seth Meyers. "And she said, ‘I don’t know why I’m so proud of you.'”

By the way, don't worry about Colbert or his shield: They found direction with some help from Santa Claus, unicorn Abraham Lincoln and Alex Trebek. Well, you'll just have to watch the video ...

In reality, of course, Colbert is taking over CBS's The Late Show from David Letterman, who signs off May 20.

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