Anthony Smith had refused to wear his hearing aid, claiming that superheroes did not use them, reports The Huffington Post.
The 4-year-old’s mother Christina D’Allesandro emailed Marvel and the publisher sent a 1984 image of Hawkeye, who at the time had to use a hearing aid after being accidentally exposed to one of his sonic arrows.
Circulating the message around the Marvel office led artists Manny Mederos and Nelson Ribeiro to create images based on Smith, who suffers from a genetic disorder that impairs his hearing.
“On the other hand, occasionally we will receive a personal letter, telling us how Marvel’s characters and creators inspired someone to help others or overcome real-world struggles. Those are the types of letters that express the true heart of what Marvel is all about… and in this case, when Christina made the simple request to help her child… well, how could we not act?
“After all, didn’t Stan Lee teach us something about great power and great responsibility?”