A 4 year old boy inspired Marvel to create a unique superhero called Blue Ear.
If you’re a fan of Marvel, then you’re familiar with the large variety of superhuman abilities the superheroes and super villains from the popular comic books have. But did you know that one of the lesser known superheroes is actually inspired by a 4 year old boy?
It all started a few years ago when a young kid from New Hampshire, US, was given hearing aids in order to be able to hear. The kid, whose name is Anthony Smith, is suffering from Mosaic Trisomy 22 and has minimal hearing left only in his left year. Unfortunately, the 4 year old Anthony didn’t want to wear his hearing aids, because he saw them as something embarrassing and something that a superhero would never wear. Anthony, who is a huge comic book fan, troubled his mom, Christina. Christina didn’t know what else to do about her son’s problem, so she just wrote an e-mail to Marvel’s NYC service center and asked them for help. Fortunately for Christina and for Anthony, Marvel did what every single one of their superhero characters does – they saved the day.
Nelson Ribeiro, a designer and assistant editor for Marvel’s NYC office, got inspired by Anthony’s disability, so he created a heroic character named Blue Ear. He had to use his hearing aid in order to hear other heroes’ cries for help and come to their rescue. The original drawing of Blue Ear with the “When danger makes a sound, The Blue Ear answers the call” slogan was sent to Anthony. The 4 year old boy also received a copy of a Hawkeye comic book dating back from the 1980s in order to teach Anthony that it’s important to wear his hearing aids, because he might hear somebody’s distressed call for help.
Anthony learned a great lesson from Marvel – always wear your hearing aids, especially to school!