Lester Verde was bullied as a small child. A comforting remark about his making funny stories by his mother led Lester toward a career in journalism. Throughout his adolescence and young adulthood, he used his gift of writing to slander, defame and destroy anyone he felt did him wrong. This included Professor Furgen, his journalism professor, and Beverly Switzler's boyfriend David.
Doctor Bong was created by Steve Gerber and Gene Colan and first appeared in Howard the Duck issue 15 (1977).
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Hoping to attract Beverly's attention, Lester became a music critic and hoped to write a tell-all book about Mildred Horowitz's band. He participated in several performances to gain their trust, however one night a prop guillotine cut off his left hand.
Why Lester adopted the comical guise of Doctor Bong, or how he became a genetic engineering and sonics genius has never been revealed. He is a genetic engineering genius and has demonstrated the ability to evolve normal animals into semi-humanoid beings. He even managed to change Howard the Duck into both a rat and a human for some time.
Doctor Bong has recently appeared in the pages of Deadpool. His henchmen include duplicates of Steve Rogers, Moon Knight & Black Widow. It is revealed that Dr. Bong was Deadpool's old psychiatrist. When the real Steve Rogers, Moon Knight, and Black Widow found his hideout, he used his bong to make the whole facility crash down and make his escape. He went to another facility where he told his other clones to get dressed in Deadpool costumes. He then tried to drive off with a truck full of illegal goods when Black Widow shot a tire and she thought she killed him. However, he survived thanks to Deadpool, but when he tried to use his bong again Deadpool cut off his bong.
Doctor Bong possesses no innate powers. He is a genetic engineering genius and has demonstrated the ability to evolve normal animals into semi-humanoid beings. He even managed to change Howard the Duck into both a rat and a human for some time.
Doctor Bong wears a helmet shaped like a bell. On his severed left hand is a striker, which he calls his "Bong". By striking the Bong on the bell, he is able to create bolts of concussive force, paralyze individuals or teleport over long distances. He has technology that allows him to teleport his castle over great distances. He is able to alter the genetic structure of others with his "Evolvo-chamber". He is able to create complex illusions by technological means.