Krypton Radio Newswire
Just when you think that big comics companies like Marvel and DC have become soulless monsters that crank out new versions of old stories we fell in love with, something comes along that really surprises you. Christina Smith, the mother of four year-old Anthony Smith who suffers from a rare genetic disorder called mosaic trisomy 22, wrote a letter to Marvel and told her story about Anthony who loves superheroes but is refusing to wear his hearing aid. Anthony was of the opinion that superheroes didn’t need to wear devices to help them hear, so his mother took a chance and reached out to one of the big superhero powerhouses.
His hearing aid which is a bit bulky and blue, inspired those at Marvel to create The Blue Ear, a superhero who uses his bionic hearing to listen for those in distress. Thanks to their kind gift to Anthony of his very own comic, the young superhero fan has started wearing his hearing aid once again.
The letter that started it all:
Hi there -
I am the mom of a super hero mad 4 year old. He lives and breathes super heroes, he also has been diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder - mosaic trisomy 22. The good news is that his physical challenges are workable, he is mentally perfect, and while he will be having a heart surgery this summer – he is on the mend. The challenge that he will face for his entire life are his hearing impairments. He has no ear, and a complete hearing loss on his right side and mild loss on his left. He currently wears 2 hearing aids.
Today as he was getting dressed I was putting on his “Blue Ear,” the aid he wears on his left ear. He did not want to put it on, he told me super heroes do not wear blue ears. To get myself out of a bind I told him that sure they do – in fact Captain America has one under his mask. After repeated questioning he believed me – but I was wondering - maybe you have an intern, or someone who would like a challenge – could you make a little guy’s day by drawing him a hearing impaired super hero?
Thanks for considering this – I am likely to get stuck in your spam filter – but you never know – have a great day – I am attaching a picture of Anthony so you can see one of your dedicated customers.