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Marvel being marvellous, again!

May 24th, 2012 by Jay 1 Comment

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.

“I must admit that we get our fair share of negative letters, often insulting a creator’s efforts,” editor Bill Roseman told Robot 6.

“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?”

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Jay says that he is a writer, martial artist, sketcher, and dreamer but mostly just a husband and father. Since getting married to the wonderful and patient woman of his dreams, and becoming a father (of two young boys), he has fallen into the category of 'lapsed nerd' as he is a former RPer, Live Role-Player, and comic book junkie. Science fiction and fantasy books are the staple of his shelves - both in terms of books and movies ... however, he's never seen Star Wars (any of them) but please don't hold that against him! He is currently trying to find a medical cure for the thing called sleep, as it is interferring with the thing he calls life. If you want to know more about him go to

  • Matthew McKee

    This is old school. Yes?

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