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Marvel Creates Hearing Impaired Superhero for 4 Year Old

By: CNN
By: CNN

Marvel has become one New Hampshire mom's superhero.

The comic book creator drew up a new hearing impaired superhero to encourage her four-year-old son, Anthony Smith, to wear his hearing aid.

Mom Christina explains what led up to the creation of this new character:

"And I said, 'Okay, let's put in Blue Ear and he looks at me in a really sad way and he said, 'Mommy, super heroes don't wear Blue Ears.' And I was gutted. I thought, 'Oh, no. Not now. You're only four.' So, I did what every mother does. I lied. I said, 'Sure they do.' He said, 'Which one?' And I said, 'Um, Captain America.' And he said, 'How do you know?' I said, 'I'm the mom. I just know.' And then I was worried. You know, what if he asks someone else and they tell him the truth about Captain America? So, that was when I started looking around on the internet, trying to see. And I posted something on my Facebook and a bunch of my friends said, 'There's Daredevil, there's all these other superheroes.' So, I thought maybe there's one that's hearing impaired. But I couldn't find anything. So, I was on the Marvel site and I found an e-mail, Mheroes at Marvel-dot-com and I just said, 'I'll give it a shot.'"

The new superhero's name is "Blue Ear." He's a member of a top-secret government agency called Inter-com. His blue hearing aid allows him to hear "an ant hiccup on the other side of the country."


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