Marvel Comics has been all over the place lately, thanks to the wild success of The Avengers (yes, it’s as awesome as you’ve heard and yes, you should totally see it), but it was the story that surfaced this week about what the team at Marvel did for a young fan that really got our attention.
As reported by Fox News 25, Anthony Smith, a sweet four-year-old comic book fan from New Hampshire, was born with a chromosomal disorder that’s left him with no hearing on his right side and only partial hearing in his left ear. When he recently refused to wear his hearing aid, nicknamed “blue ear,” insisting that “superheroes don’t wear blue ears,” his mum sent an email to Marvel Comics to ask for help. And help they did.
First, Marvel sent Anthony a picture of Hawkeye, a superhero with hearing loss who wears a hearing aid. Then, they sent a custom illustration of Hawkeye and a special sidekick—a superhero version of little Anthony. Finally, they sent a cover featuring a brand-new superhero, called The Blue Ear.
Watch the clip below for the full story. And if you’ve got little comic book fans at home, be sure to check out Marvel Kids for lots of fun superhero games and activities.