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New Hampshire

February 23, 2013

Comic book character brings fame to Salem boy


From there, the story of The Blue Ear went viral.

Anthony ended up on a national media tour, appearing on several television televisions. He also was a guest of the New Hampshire Legislature at the Statehouse in Concord, where he was introduced by his grandfather, Sen. Lou D’Allesandro, D-Manchester.

“He’s just a terrific kid,” the senator said yesterday. “He’s a kid who’s gone through a lot of tough things, he grins and bears it and gets back at it.”

Christina D’Allesandro said they constantly hear from people who are fascinated by Anthony’s story.

“We are still continuously contacted to hear the story on a weekly basis,” she said. “Hearing-impaired adults, parents of hearing-impaired kids, teachers of the deaf and comic book fans all call us wanting to talk to Anthony.”

In addition to all the appearances, Smith also underwent open heart surgery last year. Anthony was born with a rare genetic disorder — mosaic trisomy 22, which left a hole in his heart.

“He’s doing great now,” D’Allesandro said. “He’s happy and healthy,”

The wild ride continues next week with his trip to New York. Anthony will not only get presented with the poster, but he will get his poster signed by some new friends.

“He’s going to meet some other kids with colored ears just like him,” D’Allesandro said.

Even with the fame, D’Allesandro said she is glad Anthony has kept it all in perspective.

“It’s not like he has a big head,” she said. “It has helped him feel confident but not egocentric.”

The Blue Ear was just a personal gift from Marvel to Anthony, but D’Allesandro and others have been pushing Marvel to make it into a regular comic book. There are no plans for that right now, but Rosemann said he won’t dismiss the possibility.

“Never say never,” Rosemann said. “Perhaps Blue Ear will appear once again.”

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