Marvel Creates Blue Ear to Help Hearing Impaired Boy
When 4-year old Anthony Smith, a comic book fan, decided he didn’t want to wear his hearing aid anymore because super heroes didn’t wear hearing aids. His mother turned to Marvel Comics to see if there were indeed super heroes who wore one. Editors with the company responded pointing out that the Avenger Hawkeye‘s hearing was temporarily destroyed by a sonic arrow. The even sent a cover to an old comic book which featured Hawkeye wearing a hearing aid.
The letter made it’s way around the Marvel office and inspired production artist Manny Mederos to work on a sketch of a character named The Blue Ear. That’s what Smith and his mom called his hearing aid.
Mederos eventually sent the family the completely original artwork and the boy has worn his hearing aid since.