Local boy inspires superhero character

Published On: Feb 23 2013 05:33:20 AM HST

A hearing-impaired New Hampshire boy who inspired the creation of a superhero just for him will attend a special event in New York next week.

The story of Blue Ear was born last spring. Anthony Smith, 5, who has no hearing on his right side and some hearing loss on the left, told his mother he no longer wanted to wear his hearing aid.

"We're like, 'What are you talking about?' He said, 'Superheroes don't wear blue ears,'" mother Christina D'Allesandro said.

D'Allesandro told her son that wasn't the case and emailed Marvel Comics for some help.

The response was more than they could have ever dreamed. Multiple artists at Marvel offered their own rendition of Blue Ear, whose super power allows him to hear faraway calls for help. The character was a special creation for Anthony.

On Tuesday, Marvel and Phonak, the maker of Anthony's hearing aid, will hold a special event at a center that works for hearing-impaired kids.

Iron Man and Phonak posters will also be distributed to pediatric audiology clinics nationwide that are designed to be hung on children's walls. Marvel said it's not making a full comic book featuring the character because it was made just for Anthony, and the company doesn't plan to profit from it in any way.

When asked what it is like being a superhero, Anthony had one response.

"Well, it's, it's really, really awesome," he said.


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