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Marvel team creates deaf superhero called Blue Ear in honor of boy

By Michelle Castillo
summarized by Tess Conklin, staff writer

Anthony Smith was born with hearing problems, requiring the use of a hearing aid. However, he did not want to wear his because no superheroes had hearing aids. Unsure what else to do, Anthonyís mom wrote to Marvel about the problem; the writers then created Blue Ear, named after the familyís name for Anthonyís hearing aid. Blue Earís superpower comes from his hearing device, that gives him super-sonic hearing. The character is drawn to look like Anthony, who now happily wears his hearing aid.

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