N.H. Boy with Hearing Loss Inspiration for New Marvel Comic
SALEM, N.H. (CNN) — A young boy in Salem, New Hampshire is the inspiration behind a new super hero.
4 year old Anthony Smith from Salem might be a little superhero – but his powers are far-reaching.
He has no hearing on his right side, and hearing loss on his left. One day decided he didn’t want to wear his blue hearing aid to school anymore.
“Basically one day, he woke up and i said ok time to put in your hearing aid and said lets put in blue ear, we’ve always called it that and he said no superheroes don’t wear blue ears,” says mom Christina D’Allesandro.
His mother told him superheroes do wear hearing aids but she wasn’t so sure so she emailed the experts and got this back from Marvel Comics in New York City – a comic book cover featuring Hawkeye – a superhero who did lose his hearing.
D’Allesandro adds, “Oh by the way we do have a superhero and he’s in The Avengers and he lost his hearing. So we gave it to him and he was captivated. He was staring at it, look there it is.”
Then, Marvel comics sent a drawing of a new superhero inspired by Anthony.
Meet the Blue Ear, saying thanks to my listening device, I hear someone in trouble.
“And then he saw it, this is me? I love it. Where’s my costume?”
Soon another sketch arrived, Hawkeye and little Blue Ear together.
Anthony has a well known grandfather in the Granite State – State Senator Lou D’Allesandro.
“This is a feel good moment. This is a feel good story and we’ve got to get the world to recognize that,” says the Senator.
Now Anthony, like Blue Ear, is proud to wear his hearing aid and share his special powers.