Dear Marvel Comics: Please follow through and publish a super-hero with hearing-loss!
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NY Daily News tells the story of how Marvel Comics created the Blue Ear, but did not publish him nationwide:
Marvel, please follow through with your creative idea and publish the Blue Ear nationwide. It provides important inspiration and a message of inclusion for young children all over the USA. A one-shot or two issue mini-serious would make a huge difference. Approximately 400,000 young people in the USA have some type of hearing impairment and over 30 million Americans have hearing loss, many untreated.
It is only fair to compare to other heros found in one-shot Marvel comics: X-Necrosha, Tarot, or Rune are heroes seldom talked about and certainly not very famous, but they had a reason to be on the shelf. And let's not forget that Marvel actually published Howard the Duck for so long. It takes all kinds of heroes! That's what has always made Marvel comics fans the "Merry Marvelites." The Blue Ear is a hero too.
Let's not overlook Daredevil, a blind man, who is "a man with no fear" and gives blindness a positive aspect in our culture. It's only fair to have a hero of a different disability fighting for what's right. Let's see the Blue Ear in action! Thank you.
Houston Hearing Loss Association, Vice President